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Coming Together for CANY Charities at the 2014 Maple Leaf Ball

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 14, 2014

(To see and download our photos of the event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

The Canadian Association of New York (CANY) would like to thank everyone who took part in this year’s Maple Leaf Ball, helping raise money for CANY charities including Hockey in Harlem, the Terry Fox Run for Cancer, and Canada’s National Ballet School.

“The support of our great causes wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our guests – please accept my sincere thanks for your kindness, ” says Reena Bhatt, CANY vice-president and the chair of the event, who agrees that this year’s ball was one of the best yet.

“Your efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of many well-deserving individuals,” she says.

From Left to right: Dean Keyworth, President of CANY, Reena Bhatt, Vice-President of CANY and Maple Leaf Ball Chair, former Canadian Ambassador Kenneth D. Taylor; author, visual artist and designer Douglas Coupland; and NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan

The event’s Arts and Letters award was presented to writer and artist Douglas Coupland, and the Maple Leaf Award of Distinction was given to former Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor.

James Lipton of Bravo’s “Actor’s Studio” introduced former Ambassador Ken Taylor.

Pat Kiernan, long-time morning anchor of New York was the events entertaining host who ruminated on Rob Ford, Justin Bieber and the importance of teaching Canadian kids living in NYC “O Canada”.

Ken Taylor spoke about his long diplomatic career and world travels, and how fate brought him and his wife to New York City where even as a proud Canadian he “feels at home.” Douglas Coupland told the crowd it is an honour to be recognized by the Canadian community in New York.

The Maple Leaf Ball took place at NYC’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Attendees had a chance to bid on silent auction items including a private sunset sail in Upper New York Harbor, and tickets to the Late Show with David Letterman, and the Colbert Report – now coveted items with both shows wrapping up by next year.

Tyley Ross singing “O Canada”

Singer Tyley Ross of the East Village Opera Company kicked off the dinner and speeches portion of the evening with a beautiful rendition of the national anthems of both Canada and the US; he and his band the Low Light Luminaries provided dancing music afterwards.

The Maple Leaf Ball brings together Canadians and friends of Canada to raise money for charity

Reena Bhatt says that the ball just wouldn’t be possible with the help of everyone taking part.

“The Canadian Association of New York is an entirely volunteer-run organization and the Maple Leaf Ball is a testament to the tireless energy and commitment of the 2014 Maple Leaf Ball Committee volunteers,” says Reena Bhatt, CANY vice-president and the chair of the event.

“We hope to see you again at our next Maple Leaf Ball!”

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