Jane N. Douglas
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From: Friday, November 27, 2015 1:06 PM -0500
Subject:Crystal Ball Gala huge success for Limestone Learning Foundation
Through the generous contributions of many, the 2015 Crystal Ball has raised $170,000 for future learning opportunities funded by the Limestone Learning Foundation. An unprecedented $68,000 achieved from the evening’s spontaneous Gala Giving along with $102,000 raised through the event itself. The $68,000 pledged through Gala Giving will establish the Tyler Ellison Memorial Fund. Tyler was a Crystal Ball Visual Arts mentee in 2013, and sadly passed away this Fall from cancer. This memorial fund will honour his courage and talent by supporting LLF projects in the general area of the Arts.

“This remarkable achievement will ensure enhanced learning opportunities for many children for years to come in,” stated Katherine Leverette, Chair of the LLF, who announced the results during the Foundation's grants presentations November 26 at Fairfield Elementary School. “The possibilities are endless.”

The Crystal Ball Gala welcomed 750 guests for a world-class evening, highlighted by star-studded entertainment, fine dining, live and silent auctions, and dancing on October 24 at the Rogers K-Rock Centre. This year’s Crystal Ball offered 62 students from 20 different schools mentorships with 45 accomplished professionals: life-enriching experiences in the fields of Music, Visual Arts, Interior Design, Fashion Design, Jewelry Design, Set Design, Journalism, Web, TV and Radio Broadcasting, Architectural Design and Construction. As well, for the first-time, an encore presentation of the musical mentorships was performed at Stages Nightclub the following day.

"Celebrating the talents, creativity and promise of our youth has never been more captivating," adds Leverette. "Under the leadership of co-chairs Joanne Langlois and Pamela Hart, and with the assistance of so many, we have again opened many eyes and ears to the incredible talent of our students."  She concluded, “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Limestone Learning Foundation, and the many students of the Limestone District School Board who have benefitted and will continue to benefit from the Crystal Ball Gala, our most sincere thanks.”

For more information, please contact:
Leslie Myles, Managing Director
613.544.6925, ext. 210