Last week one of Calgary’s oldest arts institutions, The Youth Singers of Calgary, hosted their second annual fundraiser, Hearts Out. The event raises support for their programming, which provides young Calgarians with access to musical and performing education.
Boom was pleased to once again be the production sponsor for this event. Since it’s inception in 2017, Hearts Out has become the organization’s most successful fundraiser, securing over $250,000 in revenue to support children and youth in the arts.
The event was hosted at one of Calgary’s favourite venues (and one very aptly chosen for this event), Arts Commons‘ Jack Singer Lobby. Youth supporters, arts aficionados, and an impressive range of sponsors all descended on the lobby for an evening of musical delights.
The fundraiser began with the much-anticipated and always sold-out Allegro Auction; a reverse auction, where guests win donated prizes (with an average value of over $400). The catch? When your name is called you have just 30 seconds to race to your item and claim it before someone else does. Our talented host – and Youth Singer dad- Ken Lima-Coelho guided guests through the process with some help from our ‘auction correspondents’, Steve Nagy and Mike Morrison.
They don’t call it an “Allegro” auction for nothing- over 80 items were claimed in just under 40 minutes. Planning on attending next year? Pro tip: choose the ballet flats instead of the heels and arrive 15 minutes early to scope out the best prizes- they go fast and having a heads up on where they are in the room is your best bet on landing your top choice.
After the auction, guests enjoyed catering by Hotel Arts, and had the opportunity to partake in a silent auction, or listen to pop up performances by some of The Youth Singer’s most talented rising stars.
After the cocktail hour, guests were invited back to their seats to hear the story of the Morton family- a family that got their start, literally, in Youth Singers; Dave and Jennifer Morton both met as Youth Singers performers, and both of their children now perform in the ensembles; in fact, their son Jackson was the inspiration for the Youth Singers special needs program, STAR.
After hearing the Morton’s story, the crowd welcomed Dave Morton and his daughter Georgia Morton onto the stage where they performed a haunting version of Fleetwood Mac’s Songbird. The father-daughter duo finished to a standing ovation and not a dry eye in the house.
A lively performance by SHINE led into a dance party, hosted by the young DJ Dillon and the (not quite as young) DJ Goodword. In the end, it was The Youth Singer’s most successful fundraiser to date, and Boom was honoured to be a part of it.
To learn more about the Youth Singers of Calgary, click here!
Photos by Leblond Studio.