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Calgary Herald Article: UNICEF Water for Life Gala Helps Millions of Kids

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We are extremely proud of BKDI’s Senior Partner, Peter Burgener, who along with his other numerous community involvements supports the UNICEF Water for Life Gala as a Patrons Council member. Have a look at this article featured in The Calgary Herald:


By Bill Brooks for The Calgary Herald | October 23, 2012

The UNICEF Water for Life Gala held at the Hyatt on Sept. 29 was one for the record books. Record attendance (the gala sold out months prior) and record dollars raised (more than $844,000) ensured water — an essential right and a vital need — will be provided for millions of children around the world.

In 2011, UNICEF provided children with clean water and sanitation in more than 90 countries to more than 23 million people.

That none other than American Idol phenom and UNICEF ambassador since 2004 Clay Aiken attended, performed and shared his UNICEF experiences ensured the standing-room-only crowd had a wonderful evening. Superb silent and live auction items rounded out the excellent experience, so kudos to the small army of volunteers on the success of the gala.

Guests in attendance included: UNICEF Canada president and CEO David Morley; Patrons Council chair Sue Riddell Rose and her husband Mike Rose; John Cordeau and his wife Justice Carolyn Phillips; gala co-chairs Stephanie McNear and Kerrie Hale; UNICEF Canada national events manager Holly Davidson; Wayne and Penny Whitlock; gala vice-chairs Heather Giuffre and Nancy McCurdy; Chris and Mary Fong; Charlie Fisher and Joanne Cuthbertson; Peter Burgener and Shannon Peters; Chris and Hanita Simard; UNICEF Canada board members Raksha Bhayana and Noella Milne; Dr. Michael Giuffre; Kent and Carrie Ferguson; MRU president Dr. David Docherty and his wife Kris; Lorne and Lorraine McElwain; avid UNICEF supporters Joe and Mary Giuffre; Greg and Shirley Turnbull; Brad and Linda Thompson; Ann McCaig; Joe Giuffre and Marcela Witt; AJE Child Foundation’s Ron Jackson and his wife Toni; Robin Beddis; Bob and Julie Hamilton; Gran Tierra’s Dana Coffield and his wife Denise; Sandy Edmonstone and Courtney Murphy; Ken and Jade Davis; Brad and Linda Thompson; Terry and Diana Donaleshen; Peter and Terry Wallis; Wayne and Eleanor Chiu; and Rollie and Marilyn Cyr.

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Image One: UNICEF Patrons Council chair Sue Riddell Rose and her husband Mike Rose, left, with UNICEF ambassador and American Idol phenom Clay Aiken at the UNICEF Water for Life Gala held Sept. 29 at the Hyatt.
Photograph by: Bill Brooks, for The Calgary Herald


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