When words just won’t do, roll video! It was an incredible night with a 90 minute 25th anniversary showcase with interviews and special video presentations, followed by a full set of live music by Dave Kalil. This was not the party we had been planning for almost a year, but we came together as a community and had an amazing time online with hundreds of guests, and we laughed and cried just like we always do! The video above is part of a complete playlist where you can watch individuals segments from the Make A Buzz Ottawa show from May 7, or watch the entire show in one long video. We also brought in over $7000 (144% of our goal) with an online auction, in addition to more than $10,000 in sponsorship contributions and $5000 in ticket sales for a surprising $22,500 raised! There are expense to pay but this was a fabulous and uplifting time together, with the significant fundraising as an unexpected bonus.
- Opening remarks, O Canada, and staff segments of thanks to volunteers, partners and employers
- Special vocal/musical performance “Stay Together” featuring photo memories from 1995-2020
- Interview with Pennie Styan former volunteer, board member, and ongoing supporter
- Interview with Betty, Ivan, and Jennifer Harris, legendary pool party hosts
- Interview with Caroline Matte and Ryan Nevitt, current members and longtime advocates
- Interview with Wendy Mitchell and Cecelia Taylor, former board chairs and ongoing supporters
- “Day By Day” musical and photo tribute to 25 years
- Interview with Cooper Gage and Caitlin Beaumont longtime member, current volunteer
- Interview with Cathy Velazquez, Michelle O’Doherty, Julie Kingstone (representing 2015-2020 leadership team)
- Interview with Daniel Harris, long-serving staff member
- Interview with Cyndi Edwards and Colin Trethewey former volunteers and ongoing supporters
- All interviews and presentations (90 minutes)
- Dave Kalil live performance with our Zoom audience (60 minutes)
- Full Show: interviews, features, live performance (150 minutes)
Coming together online to celebrate our 25th anniversary was a challenge as well as a blessing. It was remarkable to see the strength of the connections that have been maintained since the 1990s, as well as recognizing the growth and change in the lives of members and the organization itself over 25 years. There is no one right formula for how people come together to build a stronger and more inclusive community, but hearing from volunteers, family members, staff, advocates, and other supporters we clearly have much to celebrate and much to give, even as we continue to learn and grow.