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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Business for the Arts Annual Awards

Congratulations to Enbridge and Creeds Dry Cleaning of Toronto!
Last Thursday in Toronto at the Business for the Arts Annual Awards, Enbridge received the Most Effective Corporate Program Award, which recognizes a business that has implemented an “in-depth, long-term and comprehensive campaign to foster the arts and culture sector in Canada while meeting corporate objectives. Quoting from the awards program:
“The National Arts Centre Foundation has nominated Enbridge for helping fulfill their mandate of bringing the performing arts to Canadians across the country. Enbridqe's contribution to the past four Prairie Scene festivals has brought thousands of artists from diverse artistic disciplines across Canada to the nation's capital. Enbridge is also Presenting Sponsor of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala and has generously contributed to the NACs National Youth and Education Trust.”
Enbridge has supported many other activities in the cultural community across Canada as well; I know, for instance, it has supported Calgary Opera’s Young Artist Program.

At the same event, Creed Dry Cleaning received a Partnership Award of Distinction.  Again quoting the program book:

Nominated by The National Ballet of Canada, Creeds has provided in-kind dry-cleaning support to the ballet for over 20 years at an estimated value of $50,000 each year. Asking little in return, Creeds Dry Cleaning have quietly donated over $1 million dollars worth of services to the organization.
Enbridge and Creeds Dry Cleaning serve as examples of what businesses large and small can do to help the arts community – and our audiences.  What a difference corporate philanthropy can make!

- James Wright, General Director, Vancouver Opera

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