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Follow John Johnston as he captures the best of our city’s social scene from the red carpet to the cocktail circuit to the VIP events. Got a local soiree coming up the Free Press might attend? Tell John at john.johnston@freepress.mb.ca

  • The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre held its annual Black & White Ball at the Fort Garry Hotel on Nov. 1. Proceeds from the event support Royal MTC productions and programs. Pictured, from left, are James Cohen, Linda McGarva-Cohen (committee member), Marty Weinberg, Michelle Weinberg (chairwoman), Lauren Fischer (vice-chairwoman) and Gus Fischer.

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    The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre held its annual Black & White Ball at the Fort Garry Hotel on Nov. 1. Proceeds from the event support Royal MTC productions and programs. Pictured, from left, are James Cohen, Linda McGarva-Cohen (committee member), Marty Weinberg, Michelle Weinberg (chairwoman), Lauren Fischer (vice-chairwoman) and Gus Fischer.

  • The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre held its annual Black & White Ball at the Fort Garry Hotel on Nov. 1. Proceeds from the event support Royal MTC productions and programs. Pictured, from left, are David Carefoot, Lianne Carefoot, Heather Clarke, Bob Eastwood, Tim Valgardson, Dave Christie, Judy Wakefield, Jim McLandress and Steven Schipper.

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    The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre held its annual Black & White Ball at the Fort Garry Hotel on Nov. 1. Proceeds from the event support Royal MTC productions and programs. Pictured, from left, are David Carefoot, Lianne Carefoot, Heather Clarke, Bob Eastwood, Tim Valgardson, Dave Christie, Judy Wakefield, Jim McLandress and Steven Schipper.

  • The Manitoba Wildlife Federation held its third annual Wild at Heart fundraising banquet at the Victoria Inn Conference Centre on Nov. 6. The evening featured comedy by Big Daddy Tazz and his position in this photo wasn’t staged. Things like that just happen sometimes. Pictured, from left, are Don Lamont (Hooked Magazine), Todd Longley (City Cats), Danny Kleinsasser (Danny’s Whole Hog Barbeque and Smokehouse), Kathy Kennedy (CJOB personality), Brian Strauman (MWF president), Tazz and MP Bob Sopuck (Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette).

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    The Manitoba Wildlife Federation held its third annual Wild at Heart fundraising banquet at the Victoria Inn Conference Centre on Nov. 6. The evening featured comedy by Big Daddy Tazz and his position in this photo wasn’t staged. Things like that just happen sometimes. Pictured, from left, are Don Lamont (Hooked Magazine), Todd Longley (City Cats), Danny Kleinsasser (Danny’s Whole Hog Barbeque and Smokehouse), Kathy Kennedy (CJOB personality), Brian Strauman (MWF president), Tazz and MP Bob Sopuck (Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette).

  • The Manitoba Wildlife Federation held its third annual Wild at Heart fundraising banquet at the Victoria Inn Conference Centre on Nov. 6. Pictured, from left, are Joey Bernacki, Ben Olson, Patrick Bernacki, Rob Olson (MWF managing director), Marcus Williams, Jean-Paul Ouelette and Carly Deacon (MWF program manager).

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    The Manitoba Wildlife Federation held its third annual Wild at Heart fundraising banquet at the Victoria Inn Conference Centre on Nov. 6. Pictured, from left, are Joey Bernacki, Ben Olson, Patrick Bernacki, Rob Olson (MWF managing director), Marcus Williams, Jean-Paul Ouelette and Carly Deacon (MWF program manager).

  • Big cheques from Our Manitoba Heroes were handed out Wednesday to three deserving organizations. Siloam Mission, the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre and KidSport Winnipeg each received $20,333. The funds were proceeds from a gala event held Sept. 27. Pictured, from left, are Judy Richichi (Siloam Mission), Paul Bennett (Our Manitoba Heroes committee chairman), Brenda Bourns (committee member), Judy Robertson (Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre), Jeff McWhinney (committee member) and Matt Erhard (KidSport Winnipeg).

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    Big cheques from Our Manitoba Heroes were handed out Wednesday to three deserving organizations. Siloam Mission, the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre and KidSport Winnipeg each received $20,333. The funds were proceeds from a gala event held Sept. 27. Pictured, from left, are Judy Richichi (Siloam Mission), Paul Bennett (Our Manitoba Heroes committee chairman), Brenda Bourns (committee member), Judy Robertson (Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre), Jeff McWhinney (committee member) and Matt Erhard (KidSport Winnipeg).

  • To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the cult classic film Phantom of the Paradise, the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre featured the film as part of its dinner-and-a-movie series. Pictured, from left, are Jennifer Ashford, Steve Andjelic, Roxanne Lebeau and Ryan Ashford.

    To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the cult classic film Phantom of the Paradise, the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre featured the film as part of its dinner-and-a-movie series. Pictured, from left, are Jennifer Ashford, Steve Andjelic, Roxanne Lebeau and Ryan Ashford.

  • Phantom of the Paradise celebration: From left, are Sandy and Retha Simpkin, Bruce Thompson and Kim Lilley.

    Phantom of the Paradise celebration: From left, are Sandy and Retha Simpkin, Bruce Thompson and Kim Lilley.

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Social Page for Nov. 15th 2014

St. Paul�s High School � RBC Convention Centre

St. Paul�s High School held their annual fundraising gala dinner at the RBC Convention Centre and honoured teacher Larry Franz for his forty years of teaching at the school. Funds raised go to bursary programs that allow underprivileged children with high scholastic skills to attend the school.

(L-R) Father Len Altila, Lorraine Franz, Larry Franz (Honouree), Colleen Lewin, Bob Lewin (Principal), Archbishop Richard Gagnon, Dan Taylor, Darla Hooker.

    JOHN JOHNSTON / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Social Page for Nov. 15th 2014 St. Paul�s High School � RBC Convention Centre St. Paul�s High School held their annual fundraising gala dinner at the RBC Convention Centre and honoured teacher Larry Franz for his forty years of teaching at the school. Funds raised go to bursary programs that allow underprivileged children with high scholastic skills to attend the school. (L-R) Father Len Altila, Lorraine Franz, Larry Franz (Honouree), Colleen Lewin, Bob Lewin (Principal), Archbishop Richard Gagnon, Dan Taylor, Darla Hooker.

  • St. Paul’s High School held its 21st annual Ignatian Challenge Award Tribute Dinner: From left, are Rev. Len Altila, Lorraine Franz, Larry Franz, Colleen Lewin, Bob Lewin (principal), Archbishop Richard Gagnon, Dan Taylor and Darla Hooker.

    St. Paul’s High School held its 21st annual Ignatian Challenge Award Tribute Dinner: From left, are Rev. Len Altila, Lorraine Franz, Larry Franz, Colleen Lewin, Bob Lewin (principal), Archbishop Richard Gagnon, Dan Taylor and Darla Hooker.

  • To celebrate the bicentennial of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Norway, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Royal Norwegian Consulate hosted a presentation on Nov. 4, 2014 on the nation’s long-standing partnership with Canada and their mutual commitment to freedom, democracy and human security at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Pictured, from left, are Lloyd Axworthy, Mona E. Brøther (Norwegian ambassador), Knut Vollebaek (former Norwegian ambassador to the United States) and Terry MacLeod (CBC Radio).

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    To celebrate the bicentennial of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Norway, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Royal Norwegian Consulate hosted a presentation on Nov. 4, 2014 on the nation’s long-standing partnership with Canada and their mutual commitment to freedom, democracy and human security at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Pictured, from left, are Lloyd Axworthy, Mona E. Brøther (Norwegian ambassador), Knut Vollebaek (former Norwegian ambassador to the United States) and Terry MacLeod (CBC Radio).

  • To celebrate the bicentennial of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Norway, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Royal Norwegian Consulate hosted a presentation on Nov. 4, 2014 on the nation’s long-standing partnership with Canada and their mutual commitment to freedom, democracy and human security at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Pictured, from left, are Norwegian bicentenary committee John O’Neil, Trygve Ringereide, Natalie Denesovych (honorary consul), Mona E. Brøther (Norwegian ambassador), Jim Ingebrigtsen, Sandra Benum and Lanny Knutson (president of the Norwegian Canadian Club).

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    To celebrate the bicentennial of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Norway, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Royal Norwegian Consulate hosted a presentation on Nov. 4, 2014 on the nation’s long-standing partnership with Canada and their mutual commitment to freedom, democracy and human security at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Pictured, from left, are Norwegian bicentenary committee John O’Neil, Trygve Ringereide, Natalie Denesovych (honorary consul), Mona E. Brøther (Norwegian ambassador), Jim Ingebrigtsen, Sandra Benum and Lanny Knutson (president of the Norwegian Canadian Club).

  • The Players Cup golf tournament introduced the Play Through Foundation at the Plaid Party fundraiser, which took place at the Norwood Hotel on Oct. 29, 2014. The tournament has raised more than $300,000 for local charities since 2010. Pictured, from left, are Terry Brown, Lorne and Connie Paley and Vera and Harold Romanychyn, representing Princess Auto.

    JOHN JOHNSTON / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    The Players Cup golf tournament introduced the Play Through Foundation at the Plaid Party fundraiser, which took place at the Norwood Hotel on Oct. 29, 2014. The tournament has raised more than $300,000 for local charities since 2010. Pictured, from left, are Terry Brown, Lorne and Connie Paley and Vera and Harold Romanychyn, representing Princess Auto.

  • The Players Cup golf tournament introduced the Play Through Foundation at the Plaid Party fundraiser, which took place at the Norwood Hotel on Oct. 29, 2014. The tournament has raised more than $300,000 for local charities since 2010. Pictured, from left, are Day Verille (account executive with MF1 Marketing), Rob Guthrie (tournament director), Ryan Hart (executive director of the tournament), Beverly Hart (Princess Auto) and Rob McMillan (past Players Cup champion).

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    The Players Cup golf tournament introduced the Play Through Foundation at the Plaid Party fundraiser, which took place at the Norwood Hotel on Oct. 29, 2014. The tournament has raised more than $300,000 for local charities since 2010. Pictured, from left, are Day Verille (account executive with MF1 Marketing), Rob Guthrie (tournament director), Ryan Hart (executive director of the tournament), Beverly Hart (Princess Auto) and Rob McMillan (past Players Cup champion).

  • The Manitoba Business Awards Gala Dinner: Pictured are Bob Silver (co-owner of the Winnipeg Free Press and this year’s winner of the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community — Individual) and Kim Silver.

    The Manitoba Business Awards Gala Dinner: Pictured are Bob Silver (co-owner of the Winnipeg Free Press and this year’s winner of the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community — Individual) and Kim Silver.

  • The Manitoba Business Awards Gala Dinner was held at the Victoria Inn on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The evening is put on by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and celebrates outstanding achievements by the business community. Representing WOW Hospitality are Steve Patrick (from left), Jim Armstrong, Karen Chopp, Janet Cunningham, Doug Stephen and Kerri Irvin-Ross. Representing Peak of the Market are Shelly and Larry McIntosh.

    The Manitoba Business Awards Gala Dinner was held at the Victoria Inn on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The evening is put on by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and celebrates outstanding achievements by the business community. Representing WOW Hospitality are Steve Patrick (from left), Jim Armstrong, Karen Chopp, Janet Cunningham, Doug Stephen and Kerri Irvin-Ross. Representing Peak of the Market are Shelly and Larry McIntosh.

  • The 23rd annual Guardian Angel Benefit for Women’s Cancer was held at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The night featured a fashion show, and the keynote speaker was plus-size model Melissa Aronson, better known as Emme. Pictured, from left, are Annitta Stenning (CancerCare Manitoba Foundation), Mary Lou Albrechtsen, Emme, and Sherraine Christopherson (Fort Garry Hotel).

    The 23rd annual Guardian Angel Benefit for Women’s Cancer was held at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The night featured a fashion show, and the keynote speaker was plus-size model Melissa Aronson, better known as Emme. Pictured, from left, are Annitta Stenning (CancerCare Manitoba Foundation), Mary Lou Albrechtsen, Emme, and Sherraine Christopherson (Fort Garry Hotel).

  • The 23rd annual Guardian Angel Benefit for Women’s Cancer: Pictured, from left, are Simme Globerman, Jamie Akman, Jackie Akman, Clarice Rubin, Lainey Danzker and Clarice Danzker.

    The 23rd annual Guardian Angel Benefit for Women’s Cancer: Pictured, from left, are Simme Globerman, Jamie Akman, Jackie Akman, Clarice Rubin, Lainey Danzker and Clarice Danzker.

  • The Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE), Aerie 3360, recently donated a $12,000 lift (used to seat people on horseback) to the Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association (MRDA). The lift has been installed at West Wind Stables. The donation was made in memory of Bobby Smith, whose family was in attendance. The MRDA is seeking donations for more harnesses and to expand their program. To learn more, visit mrda.cc. Pictured, from left, are Rebecca McLean (leader), Marlene Plett (walker) and Ian Campbell (walker), with Carter Petrie on Flynn.

    The Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE), Aerie 3360, recently donated a $12,000 lift (used to seat people on horseback) to the Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association (MRDA). The lift has been installed at West Wind Stables. The donation was made in memory of Bobby Smith, whose family was in attendance. The MRDA is seeking donations for more harnesses and to expand their program. To learn more, visit mrda.cc. Pictured, from left, are Rebecca McLean (leader), Marlene Plett (walker) and Ian Campbell (walker), with Carter Petrie on Flynn.

  • Pictured, from left, are Kimberly Barry (volunteer), Diane Borger (instructor), Kelli MacKay (walker) and Amy Collins (therapist), with Aliyah Salkeild on Princess.

    Pictured, from left, are Kimberly Barry (volunteer), Diane Borger (instructor), Kelli MacKay (walker) and Amy Collins (therapist), with Aliyah Salkeild on Princess.

  • Pictured, from left, are Nancy Neuman (FOE), Peter Manastyrsky (executive director, MRDA), Barb Strange (FOE), Darryl Lee, Dayna Oulion (MRDA), Graham Curnew and Chase Dolinski (demonstrating the lift).

    Pictured, from left, are Nancy Neuman (FOE), Peter Manastyrsky (executive director, MRDA), Barb Strange (FOE), Darryl Lee, Dayna Oulion (MRDA), Graham Curnew and Chase Dolinski (demonstrating the lift).

  • Lower Fort Garry recently offered a private tour of its Lower Fort Scary event for families and children involved with Variety, the Children's Charity. Front row (from left): Josie Bisso, Cazie Bisson and Maya Bisson. Back row (from left): David Lavalee, Barb Ford and Amanda Shewtchenko of Parks Canada. Pictured, from left, are Jerry Maslowski (Variety), Heather Beerling (Parks Canada), Kevin Rollason, his daughter Mary Rollason and Nancy Militano (Variety).

    Lower Fort Garry recently offered a private tour of its Lower Fort Scary event for families and children involved with Variety, the Children's Charity. Front row (from left): Josie Bisso, Cazie Bisson and Maya Bisson. Back row (from left): David Lavalee, Barb Ford and Amanda Shewtchenko of Parks Canada. Pictured, from left, are Jerry Maslowski (Variety), Heather Beerling (Parks Canada), Kevin Rollason, his daughter Mary Rollason and Nancy Militano (Variety).

  • Front row (from left) at Lower Fort Garry: Josie Bisso, Cazie Bisson and Maya Bisson. Back row (from left): David Lavalee, Barb Ford and Amanda Shewtchenko of Parks Canada.

    Front row (from left) at Lower Fort Garry: Josie Bisso, Cazie Bisson and Maya Bisson. Back row (from left): David Lavalee, Barb Ford and Amanda Shewtchenko of Parks Canada.

  • The annual Gold Medal Plates culinary competition was held at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg on Oct. 2. Nine of Winnipeg’s top chefs prepared appetizer plates for the 560 guests. The fundraiser supports the Canadian Olympic Foundation and the Own the Podium initiative. Luc Jean (Jane’s) won gold, Norm Pastorin (the Cornerstone) took silver and Edward Lam (Yujiro) earned bronze. Pictured, from left, are Catherine Filmon, Dayna Spiring, Ruth Asper, Susan Auch (three-time Olympic medallist in speedskating) and Lisa Heimbecker.

    The annual Gold Medal Plates culinary competition was held at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg on Oct. 2. Nine of Winnipeg’s top chefs prepared appetizer plates for the 560 guests. The fundraiser supports the Canadian Olympic Foundation and the Own the Podium initiative. Luc Jean (Jane’s) won gold, Norm Pastorin (the Cornerstone) took silver and Edward Lam (Yujiro) earned bronze. Pictured, from left, are Catherine Filmon, Dayna Spiring, Ruth Asper, Susan Auch (three-time Olympic medallist in speedskating) and Lisa Heimbecker.

  • The annual Gold Medal Plates culinary competition: Luc Jean (Jane’s) won gold, Norm Pastorin (the Cornerstone) took silver and Edward Lam (Yujiro) earned bronze. Pictured, from left, are Jim and Leney Richardson, Jason Stefanson, Kathleen Woodward, Jonathon Lyon and Bonnie Staples-Lyon.

    The annual Gold Medal Plates culinary competition: Luc Jean (Jane’s) won gold, Norm Pastorin (the Cornerstone) took silver and Edward Lam (Yujiro) earned bronze. Pictured, from left, are Jim and Leney Richardson, Jason Stefanson, Kathleen Woodward, Jonathon Lyon and Bonnie Staples-Lyon.

  • Former Olympic athletes recently visited Ronald McDonald House to share their experiences with families staying there. Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for out-of-town families who are in Winnipeg while their children receive medical care. To learn more, visit rmhmanitoba.org.  Pictured, from left, are Pat Battellino (special events manager, Ronald McDonald House), Janine Hanson (silver medallist in rowing) and Allison Kesler (CEO, Ronald McDonald House).

    Former Olympic athletes recently visited Ronald McDonald House to share their experiences with families staying there. Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for out-of-town families who are in Winnipeg while their children receive medical care. To learn more, visit rmhmanitoba.org. Pictured, from left, are Pat Battellino (special events manager, Ronald McDonald House), Janine Hanson (silver medallist in rowing) and Allison Kesler (CEO, Ronald McDonald House).

  • Ronald McDonald House: From left, are Jacob Martens, Wanda Guenette (volleyball), Nella Martens, Katharina Martens, Trudy Fehr, Evelyn Grace-Fehr, Peter Fehr and Donna Keating (speedskating).

    Ronald McDonald House: From left, are Jacob Martens, Wanda Guenette (volleyball), Nella Martens, Katharina Martens, Trudy Fehr, Evelyn Grace-Fehr, Peter Fehr and Donna Keating (speedskating).

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