Frank Flaman Foundation 9th Annual Gala
The Westin in Edmonton on March 27th was definitely the place to be. Flaman employees, corporate sponsors and many loyal supporters filled the Ballroom to take part in the 9th Annual Frank Flaman Foundation Gala.
A huge congratulations to all of those who worked so hard to make this gala such a huge success. What the Frank Flaman Foundation does, not only locally, but world wide is truly amazing. From donating to local schools and charities to building schools in third world countries to teaching men, women and children to live more fulfilled lives are just a few of the wonderful things this foundation does. But none of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of the many people who give countless hours to this foundation and what it stands for.
The evening began with cocktails at 6, entertainment to get everyone into a Hawaiian state of mind and a chance for all attendees to look over and start bidding on some amazing items on the silent auction tables. Dinner was served by Westin staff; we heard comments from some of those involved in making the evening such a huge success, and, of course, we were privileged enough to hear a few words from Frank himself. He commended his foundation workers for all of their many hours dedicated to his dream and let it be known that his main purpose was to make more money -- so that he could give more money away! In the past 10 years the Frank Flaman Foundation has donated over $10,000,000.
Danny Hooper was our emcee for the evening, making sure everyone had a great time and lots of laughs. A slide show of Frank and his family following the years was one of the highlights of the evening. As well as Emcee, Danny also played the part of auctioneer with everything from sporting event tickets to a trip to Hawaii up for auction.
Lewis Lavoie, an artist renowned for painting and donating a large portion of time and artwork for charity, painted a gorgeous picture on site, which was also auctioned during the live auction.
Myself, as well as all that I have spoken with who attended, agree that it was an amazing evening and we can’t wait for next year’s event.