CMIMF FUNDRAISING EVENT A SUCCESS!
On October 27, 2016, the Concours musical international de Montréal Foundation held its annual benefit event at the Oval room of the Ritz-Carlton Montreal. Presided over by Dr. Sharon Azrieli, the glamorous Sous les palmiers evening helped raise $176,150!
Hosted by Marie-Claude Lavallée, the evening brought together some 250 guests, among which many personalities from the business world and the arts scene. A live auction, ably conducted by Iegor de Saint-Hippolyte, offered great vintages in exceptional sizes and varied packages ranging from a two-night stay in New York including a gourmet dinner, tickets to the Met, and Ruinart Afternoon Tea, a dream cruise on Crystal Cruises, the number one luxury cruise line, and a one week stay in a Paris condo which included roundtrip Air Canada business tickets. There was also an interactive silent auction featuring exceptional wines, concert and festival tickets, and other luxury products, as well as a draw for a Kaufmann de Suisse exquisite bracelet and a painting by artist Marc Séguin.
Guests were also treated to musical interludes, starting with 11-year old pianist prodigy from Toronto JJ Bui, winner of CBC-Radio-Canada’s Piano Hero Competition, who wowed everyone with his performance. CMIM 2015 Third Prize winner soprano France Bellemare also charmed the audience with an inspired operatic piece from Puccini’s La bohème. And CMIMF board member Richard Lupien showcased his improvisation skills to announce the improvisation concert next April – a prelude to the 2017 piano edition taking place from May 2 to 12.