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New record for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 58th Ball

Over 950 guests congregated at the 58th Ball of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) on Saturday, November 3th, to demonstrate their support for the institution and to celebrate the creativity of Quebec’s fashion designers. The evening entitled NUIT COUTURE, organized by the Museum Foundation, paid a sparkling tribute to the artists and artisans of Quebec fashion and thereby raised a historical record of $1.5 million in net profits!

The co-presidents of this colourful benefit evening were Isabèle Chevalier, CEO of Bio-K+ international; Mitch Garber, chairman of the boards of directors of Cirque du Soleil and of Invest in Canada; and Mark Pathy, president of Mavrik Corp. In addition, the Museum was delighted to be hosting consummate businessman Aldo Bensadoun, founder of the Aldo Group, as the guest of honour at this memorable event.

A not-to-be-missed date on the calendar of Quebec’s business community, NUIT COUTURE would not have been such a success without the indispensable support of the members of the advisory committee – Caroline Deitcher, Willamina Leus Martire, Julie Moisan, Louise Racine and Debbie Zakaib – as well as the team of the MMFA Foundation.

This benefit evening celebrated Quebec fashion by dedicating each banquet hall to one of nine local designers. The highly imaginative décors reflected the artistic worlds of Philippe Dubuc, Denis Gagnon, Helmer Joseph, Nathon Kong, Marie-Ève Lecavalier, Markantoine, Fecal Matter, Atelier New Regime and Marie Saint Pierre, and the artistic direction of the evening was provided by Cirque du Soleil under the creative lens of Catherine Nadeau and Melissa Thompson. The Ball concluded with a preview of the exhibition Thierry Mugler: Couturissime devoted to the internationally famous designer, to be presented at the MMFA from March 2 to September 8, 2019.

From left to right : Louise Racine, member of the MMFA Ball consulting committee; Debbie Zakaib, member of the MMFA Ball consulting committee; Mark Pathy, Co-President of the MMFA Ball; Isabèle Chevalier, Co-President of the MMFA Ball; Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator of the MMFA; Jacques Parisien, President of the MMFA; Sylvie Demers, President of the MMFA Foundation; Mitch Garber, Co-President of the MMFA Ball; Julie Moisan, member of the MMFA Ball consulting committee; Willamina Leus Martire, member of the MMFA Ball consulting committee;  Caroline Deitcher, member of the MMFA Ball consulting committee; Geneviève Lafaille, Department Head of Event Management of the MMFA and Chief Co-ordinator of the MMFA Ball; Danielle Champagne, Director of the MMFA Foundation. Photo: Pierre Longtin