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Laurant Fereirra and Anne-Marie Hubert

Laurant Fereirra (left) and Anne-Marie Hubert (right).

This is Not a Ball - 2021

While culture lovers can (finally) soak up beauty and art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), its Foundation is still unable to organize the traditional fundraising benefits that help maintain the MMFA’s activities and programs. In light of this situation, the MMFA Foundation is launching the 2021 edition of This is Not a Ball, a philanthropic initiative led by esteemed Co-Chairs Laurent Ferreira, National Bank’s Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Office of the President, and Anne-Marie Hubert, Eastern Canada Managing Partner at EY Canada.

This is Not a Ball is an opportunity to support the Museum while ensuring the gradual and much-needed return of business to downtown Montreal. In fact, companies and individuals who contribute to this year's initiative will receive free tickets, depending on the level of their donation, that they can give to clients, employees or contacts to promote the revitalization of downtown.

This is not a Ball 2020

This is Not Ball - 2020

Indeed, thanks to the generous contributions of our invaluable donors, the Foundation’s first-ever online auction raised over $215,000! The net proceeds from this first auction were $115,000, as a goal of the event was to sell works by Quebec and Canadian artists and to pay the artists and gallery owners fair market prices for the works, 20 of which are now going to happy art lovers and collectors.

More than 100 people bid on over 70 lots that included a selection of works by local artists as well as exclusive experiences at the Museum and across Quebec to encourage our ecosystem and local economy.

This initiative, which complements the MMFA’s traditional Annual Ball, aims to provide additional and vital funding to help the Museum pursue its artistic and social mission, which is essential to society, particularly in light of the current pandemic.

Official photo of the 2019 ball. Photo © Sébastien Roy

From left to right: Marc Parent, Co-President of the 2019 MMFA Ball and President and CEO of CAE; Isabelle Bégin; Stephan Crétier et Stéphany Maillery, Guests of honour of the Ball, Philanthropists and exceptional Patrons of the new Stephan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing devoted to the Arts of One World; Jean Raby, Co-President of the 2019 MMFA Ball and CEO of Natixis Investment Managers; Nathalie Bondil, Ex-Director General and Chief Curator, MMFA; Danielle Champagne, Director General of the MMFA Foundation; and Michel de la Chenelière, President of the MMFA.

Photo © Sébastien Roy

HARMONIES – 2019 Museum Ball

On November 2 2019, more than 1,000 guests gathered to show their support for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts at HARMONIES, the Museum Ball organized by the MMFA Foundation. Thanks to the valuable contribution of co-chairs Marc Parent, President and CEO of CAE and Jean Raby, CEO of Natixis Investment Managers, the fundraising soirée raised a record $1,6 million in net proceeds. The Ball highlighted the exemplary philanthropy of Stephan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery, guests of honour at the soirée. The event featured the unveilling of the new Stephan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing for the Arts of One World. Inspired by various cultures from around the world artistic direction of the Ball was provided by Melissa Thompson of Cirque du Soleil’s creative intelligence team. She was supported by scenographer Anne-Séguin Poirier.

The MMFA Foundation would like to thank the approximately 100 volunteers who worked to organize the Ball, as well as the many goods and services partners who helped to significantly reduce production costs, allowing to raise as munch money as possible for the Museum.

Ball Advisory Committee. Photo : Pierre Longtin

Ball Advisory Committee
Photo : Pierre Longtin

NUIT COUTURE – The 2018 Museum Ball

On Saturday, November 3 2018, the MMFA Foundation hosted the 58th edition of the Museum Ball, inspired head-to-toe by the colourful world of fashion. To start the evening off, guests were invited to visit the exhibition Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor. This was followed by a lavish banquet in the Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion and a thrilling evening of dancing.

Co-presided by Mitch Garber, Board Chairman of Invest Canada and of Cirque du Soleil, Isabèle Chevalier, CEO, Bio K+, and Mark Pathy, President, Mavrik Corp., and supported by visionary Steering Committee members Caroline Deitcher, Willamina Leus Martire, Julie Moisan, Louise Racine and Debbie Zakaib, the event raised over $1.5 million for the Museum. The annual Ball is without question the MMFA’s most important fundraising event. Under the youthful and audacious artistic direction of Catherine Nadeau and Melissa Thompson, the 2018 edition certainly struck the imaginations of guests.

Western 2017 Ball

WESTERN – The 2017 Museum Ball

2017 Museum ball at the Montreal museum of fine arts attracts more than 900 guests and earns a record net profit of $1.4 million! The 57th Museum Ball of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) filled the room again on Saturday, November 4, with more than nine hundred guests at a soirée inspired by the major exhibition Once Upon a Time… The Western: a New Frontier in Art and Film. Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, the event generated a net profit of $1.4 million, a record thus far unrivalled.

Thanks to the determination and dedication of the Co-Presidents of the 2017 edition, Pierre Pomerleau, President and CEO of Pomerleau; François-Charles Sirois, President and CEO, Telesystem; and Kim Thomassin, Executive Vice-President, Legal Affairs and Secretariat, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, supported by the members of the Executive Committee, membres du comité exécutif, Willemina Leus Martire, Julie Moisan, Louise Racine et Alysia Yip-Hoi the Museum Ball turned out to be one of the highlights of the fall season for the Quebec business community. The Museum was delighted to welcome the Abenaki documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, O.C., G.O.Q., as guest of honor for this exceptional event.

Bal 2016 - Peace

PEACE - The 2016 Museum Ball

The Museum’s Annual Ball launched the opening ceremonies of the new Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion at for Peace. The co-chairpersons of the evening will be three figures from the business community known for their dynamism and philanthropic commitment: Michael D. Penner, Chairman of the Board of Hydro-Québec; Brian J. Porter, President and Chief Executive Officer of Scotiabank; and Marie-Hélène Sicard, Executive Vice-President, Marketing & Strategic Planning, Sodexo North America.

The co-chairs will bring all their vigour and determination to ensure that the 2016 edition of the Museum Ball is the most important fundraising event in the cultural domain of Montreal, and to support the development of the Museum. This year, the Museum Ball raised $ 1.2 millions! Year after year, the profits garnered from this evening will go towards funding all the MMFA’s activities, including exhibition programming, the production of art books and educational programmes and the acquisition of works of art. These programmes could not exist without the commitment of philanthropists.

Le 55e Bal du Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
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