Annual Beaver Club Gala raises $110,000 for The Canadian Canoe Museum

Proceeds will support educational programming for children and youth at the museum

The 11th annual Beaver Club Gala, held at The Canadian Canoe Museum on October 13, 2018, has raised $110,000 for educational programming for children and youth at the museum. (Photo: The Canadian Canoe Museum)
The 11th annual Beaver Club Gala, held at The Canadian Canoe Museum on October 13, 2018, has raised $110,000 for educational programming for children and youth at the museum. (Photo: The Canadian Canoe Museum)

The 11th annual Beaver Club Gala has raised $110,000 to support educational programming for children and youth at The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough.

More than 190 guests purchased tickets for the gala, held on Saturday (October 13) at the museum’s location at 910 Monaghan Road in Peterborough.

The event, which was also supported by 30 corporate sponsors and many volunteers, featured guest host Adam van Koeverden, the Canadian sprint kayaker and Olympic gold medalist.

Adam van Koeverden was the guest host for the 11th annual Beaver Club Gala, held at The Canadian Canoe Museum on October 13, 2018. He is a three-time Olympian winning gold in the K-500 and silver in the K-1 1000 in Athens in 2004, silver in the K-1 500 in Beijing in 2008, and silver again in the K-11000 in London in 2012; and two-time World Champion in K-1 500 in 2007 and K-1 1000 in 2011. Since retiring from competition, Adam has lent his support to Right to Play, WaterAid, Bell’s Let’s Talk Program, the David Suzuki Foundation as well as being National Spokesperson for Colon Cancer Canada. (Photo:  The Canadian Canoe Museum)
Adam van Koeverden was the guest host for the 11th annual Beaver Club Gala, held at The Canadian Canoe Museum on October 13, 2018. He is a three-time Olympian winning gold in the K-500 and silver in the K-1 1000 in Athens in 2004, silver in the K-1 500 in Beijing in 2008, and silver again in the K-11000 in London in 2012; and two-time World Champion in K-1 500 in 2007 and K-1 1000 in 2011. Since retiring from competition, Adam has lent his support to Right to Play, WaterAid, Bell’s Let’s Talk Program, the David Suzuki Foundation as well as being National Spokesperson for Colon Cancer Canada. (Photo: The Canadian Canoe Museum)

“We would like to thank all of the event sponsors and supporters, and of course, our committee colleagues,” says Joanne Brown, co-chair of the Beaver Club Gala Planning Committee.

“We know that these funds will go a long way toward providing educational experiences for children and youth both locally and nationally, and we are pleased to play a role.”

The Beaver Club Gala is held each year on the Saturday following the Thanksgiving weekend, with tickets going on sale in early summer. The gala is named for The Beaver Club, an annual gathering of seasoned fur traders founded in 1785 by Montreal-based members of the North West Company.

Since its inception, the Beaver Club Gala has raised more than $860,000 to support the museum’s educational programming for children and youth. Last year, the museum’s education department reached more than 5,749 children and youth on site and another 3,383 via virtual field trip.

For more information on The Canadian Canoe Museum, visit canoemuseum.ca.

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