David Foster Foundation 2010 Gala Toronto

We have been to the centre of the Universe and returned.  It was totally amazing!

We had received a call from Mike Ravenhill CEO of the David Foster Foundation, asking Maarten to create presentation award sculptures for three outstanding “Visionary” Humanitarians for the David Foster Foundation Gala in Toronto. Maarten also created a smaller ‘Visionary’ for David as it was his mother’s request to see a young girl from Victoria in the hospital that was David’s inspiration for the Foundation started in 1986.  We knew David’s Mother Eleanor and she has a special spot in our hearts.  I love synchronisms and threading them. We live in David’s Great Aunt’s old house and Mike was the best friend of our niece Michele.
Mike Ravenhill is the ultimate connector.  Watching him in action as he brought people together making everyone welcome and sharing their gifts was energizing as the circles of community kept expanding.


Surprising David with his sculpture which stayed on his piano for the whole Gala.
All pictures with David by Harry TonogaiPresenting to David Foster

Harry Tomogai photos

Nadina and Maarten in their Gala attire in their suite at the Four Seasons.

Nadina and Maarten in their Gala attire in their suite at the Four Seasons.

The Sapphire Lotus jacket was the perfect choice to wear to the Gala.  Comfortable, glamorous, and totally ME!  A LOAN FROM OUR HAIR DRESSER BEST BUDDY JO ANN HOFFMAN
Maarten handsome in his retro tux!
You will see me in the blue at our table right by the stage.  I wanted the picture to show the feel of the converted Tennis court. 

 Dr. Calvin Stiller, Medical Achievement Award with his ‘Visionary’ beside him.  He has already been in touch with us and just loves his ‘Visionary’.  The three recipients were just blown away by the sculptures.  You will see that their sizes and energy were perfect for the huge space.

Picture of Calvin Stiller with Visionary beside him.
Calvin Stiller with Visionary beside him.

Warren Huff, was inspired to have David’s piano signed by all of the celebrities that David attracts.  Warren is the one who takes David’s piano and tunes it before all of the events.  Three of these pianos have been auctioned off and generated 1 ½ million dollars for the David Foster Foundation. Warren received his ‘Visionary’  Humanitarian Award

Warren Huff
Warren Huff, with David Foster on left

Darren Entwistle, National Philanthropy Business Leader Of The Year
Darren Entwistle, National Philanthropy Business Leader Of The Year
Darren Entwistle, National Philanthropy Business Leader Of The Year

Warren, Maarten, and Nadina with Stuart Day’s Inspired Poster of Warren’s piano.

Warren, Maarten, and Nadina with Stuart Day’s Inspired Poster of Warren's piano.

We were grateful to spend time with Warren and feel he has become a friend.  He shared with us that it was the sculpture and the name plate that touched him so deeply.
It was a star studded evening.  Jackie Evancho, The Canadian Tenors, Charice, Peter Cetera, and Lionel Richie!  Completely unforgettable!
Yes, Warren Buffett and his wife were there.  So was Mohammad Ali and many more. 
The most important guests and reason for the fundraiser

Phoenix and her Mom

David Foster Foundation

The Visionaries with Maarten

The Visionaries with Maarten

The sculptor Maarten Schaddelee sits with his ‘Visionaries’ before they are flown to Toronto.
Because Maarten said, YES, we were involved in a co creative event that generated assistance for families of organ transplant children.

Kathy Baan with husband Duncan Meiklejohn

Our gratitude to Kathy Baan from Victoria, Director of Family Relations, Administration and Communications 250-4751223

More information on the creation of the sculptures can be found on Maarten’s website www.maarnada.ca  

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