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News (Fort McMurray): Keyano Theatre welcomes William Shatner to annual Affair for the Arts fundraiser

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News (Fort McMurray): Keyano Theatre welcomes William Shatner to annual Affair for the Arts fundraiser

William Shatner Keyano TheatreKeyano Theatre went boldly where no one has gone before

A full house of friends, partners and guests were thoroughly entertained at a once-in-a-life-time performance by one of the biggest stars in the galaxy on Saturday, March 15. CBS Construction and Keyano Theatre were proud to present Mr. William Shatner as the feature performer at The Affair for the Arts. Mr. Shatner shared his passion for the arts though his many philosophical and humorous life stories. His reflections and tales creatively married the definition of culture to the simplicity of a favourite children’s verse. Mr. Shatner emphasized that we all share a need to find a deeper connection to culture, regionally, and within our lives.

A new addition to the program this year included the Keyano College Foundation’s announcement of their 2013/2014 Partner of the Year award recipient. Kara Flynn, Chair, Keyano College Board of Governors, had the pleasure of recognizing ATB Financial for their commitment of 24 years to the College.

“ATB puts in the time, the effort, the finances, and the commitment to be a truly remarkable partner,” noted Flynn as she invited Dave Mowat, ATB Financial President and CEO, to the stage to receive the award.

Other highlights of the program comprised of Paul Taylor, Chair of the Keyano College Foundation Board of Directors, reprising his role as emcee for the evening and City Councillor, Tyran Ault, taking the stage as a first time auctioneer and garnering the most successful live auction results in the six-year history of the event.

Sponsor support at The Affair for the Arts raised an excess of $97,000 for the Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre. These funds will go directly towards supporting Keyano Theatre’s commitment to enriching the vibrant arts and culture community found in the Wood Buffalo region.

The opportunity for engagement in the visual and performing arts, as either a patron or an artist, is crucial to the cultural growth and development of any community.

“Keyano fits intrinsically into the fabric of Alberta; it’s a beautiful theatre,” exclaimed Mr. Shatner in his keynote address.

“You are very fortunate to have a venue like this up here in the north,” he added.

“Our theatrical productions, concerts, films, and special presentations assist in creating the cultural composition of our community,” said Alan Roberts, Director, Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre.

“These are made possible through the tremendous support we receive from our partners, patrons and volunteers; in essence – our community.”

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