Friday night was the annual Gold Medal Plates dinner. This is a fundraiser held every year to raise money for Olympic athletes. There is always a great crop of athletes that show up to this event, and this year was no exception. The crowd of generous donors were treated by the presence of Kyle Shewfelt, Mark Tewksbury, Alexandre Bilodeau, Mike Brown, Adam Kreuk and many others. The evening starts off with a silent auction as well as food and wine from 10 of the top chefs around. This decadent dishes make up the best meal I get each year. As per usual, I got talking to individuals and missed most of the food dishes. After some chit chat, we sat down at a table and they got on with the live auction. I sat at the Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP table. The people there were very friendly and all very interesting. The music by Jim Cuddy and Colin James drowned out some of the converstion, but for the most part, we just sat there and talked.
This evening is always such a high for me. You surrounded by excellence, in both the corporate world and the sporting world. Everyone you talk to has a different story and everyone is there for one reason, they have a passion for Canadian sporting excellence. During the speeches and videos, I always get goosebumps and get quite fidgety. Even though I’m totally enjoying myself there, all I want to do is go for a run to help make my dreams come true. Thank you to everyone who was there on the weekend, it was a great night.
Last night was the Gold Medal Plates dinner in Calgary. There are 7 stops across Canada for this wonderful event which raises money for Canadian Olympic athletes and exhibits the culinary expertise of local chefs as well as the best wine in the country. The event started in 2004 and I have had the opportunity to be involved since 2005. Since it’s conception, Gold Medal Plates has raised over 2.8 Million dollars for Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Wednesday night I went down for a few hours to help set up for the event and then last night it was put on a suit and enjoy yourself with immaculate food and great conversation.
This year I was fortunate enough to be the athlete representative at Black Hills Estate Winery. Black Hills is not only one of the top vineyards in Canada (arguably the world), but they are also a long time supporter of Gold Medal Plates. Several of the wines exhibited at the event were graciously donated by Black Hills, which everyone appreciated. Everyone at the table was very friendly and eager to chat. I couldn’t have asked for a better table or more enjoyable conversation that ranged from athletics to careers to parties gone bad at Heritage Park. I would like to thank again Black Hills for purchasing a table last night and for their continued support of Canadian athletes. My table last night really made me feel supported and knowing there is that type of support for Canadian Athletes is very special.
Last night’s event makes me very optimistic about 2010 in Vancouver. Go Canada Go!