Brooks: Calgary Film celebrates the Academy Awards at Red Carpet Affair

Calgary International Film Festival executive director Steve Schroeder and Enbridge's Lynn Moen had a great time at the fifth annual fundraiser and Oscars viewing party Feb. 9 at The Grand. Bill Brooks / Bill Brooks

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More than 150 elegantly attired guests gathered at The Grand Sunday evening to be part of the biggest night in Hollywood, all the while enjoying fabulous food and drink from award-winning WoRKSHoP Kitchen + Culture. The historic theatre was transformed with screens and pop-ups throughout the venue.

Presented by the Calgary International Film Festival, the fifth annual Red Carpet Affair was not only fun, but proceeds benefited the 12-day Fall Festival and year-round programming initiatives. Of special note is this was the most successful of the five-year Red Carpet Affairs.

Highlights of the awesome affair included: a Pink Carpet signature cocktail; a best dressed contest; superb silent auction items including jewelry, fashion styling and travel experiences; complimentary hair and makeup touch-ups courtesy of Swizzlesticks Salon Spa; testing one’s Oscar knowledge for the chance to win tickets to CIFF 2020; and excellent emceeing by CTV’s Adriana Zhang.

Guests taking a turn on the red carpet this night included: MRU Foundation board member Kim Berjian; The Lionheart Foundation’s  Jane McCaig; CIFF Film Circle member Lynn Moen; Parker PR’s Ellen Parker; Mode Models’ Kelly Streit; Contemporary Calgary CEO David Leinster; MRU president and vice-chancellor Tim Rahilly; Alberta Liberal Party leader David Khan; Leg Up Foundation’s Lori Fyke; MRU Foundation board member Vivian Lougheed; CIFF board chair D’Arcy Levesque; Alberta Ballet’s artistic director Jean Grand-Maitre; Althea Clarke, producer and TV host of Island Tea With Althea on Omni Rogers Network; CIFF executive director Steve Schroeder with Enbridge’s Lynn Moen; actor and publisher Jill Maria with actor and videographer Jordan Gooden; wardrobe consultant Ash Bans; artist Sarah Slaughter; Swizzlesticks owner Brianna Hallet; The Grand’s Ruth Ferguson; geologist Liese Mclaren; CIFF Film Circle member Doug Wong; Colin Jackson and his wife Arlene Strom; Lesley Stang; Aedyn Gabrielle; and Oscar himself, a.k.a. Andrew Loucks.

Pictured with ‘Oscar’ at the Calgary International Film Festival fifth annual fundraiser and Oscars viewing party are festival board chair D’Arcy Levesque (left) and Alberta Ballet’s Jean Grand-Maitre. Bill Brooks / Bill Brooks

 

The Grand’s Ruth Ferguson and Mode Models founder Kelly Streit. Bill Brooks / Bill Brooks

 

Mount Royal University president and vice-chancellor Tim Rahilly (left) hams it up on the red carpet with Althea Clarke, host of Rogers’ Island Tea with Althea, and wardrobe consultant Ash Bans. Bill Brooks / Bill Brooks

 

Alberta Liberal Party leader David Khan looking dapper at the Calgary International Film Festival’s Red Carpet Affair at The Grand. Bill Brooks / Bill Brooks

 

Pictured, from left, are Leg Up Foundation’s Lori Fyke, MRU Foundation board member Vivian Lougheed and Lesley Stang. Bill Brooks / Bill Brooks

 

Highlights of the Calgary International Film Festival’s Oscars viewing party were numerous, including complimentary hair and makeup touch-ups from Swizzlesticks Salon Spa. Pictured is salon owner Brianna Hallet working her magic on one of the guests. Bill Brooks / Bill Brooks

 

Artist Sarah Slaughter Bill Brooks / Bill Brooks

 

From left: Liese Mclaren, The Lionheart Foundation’s Jane McCaig and event committee member and MRU Foundation board member Kim Berjian. Bill Brooks / Bill Brooks

 

Aedyn Gabrielle with ‘Oscar’ a.k.a. Andrew Loucks. Bill Brooks / Bill Brooks

 

Actor and publisher Jill Maria with actor and videographer Jordan Gooden. Bill Brooks / Bill Brooks

 

 

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