Bond bucks and blackjack raise funds for arts college

Bond-themed fundraiser supports training students at the Canadian College of Performing Arts

Dutchess Cayetano (left)

Dutchess Cayetano (left)

Get your Bond on with the Canadian College of Performing Arts and the lavish Casino Royale 007; from the Empress with Love.

The James Bond-style event is a fundraising cabaret for the non-profit Canadian Heritage Arts Society, owner of the Canadian College of Performing Arts.

“My highlight is going to be seeing the performers. We try not to miss any of their performances. The output that comes from that college just baffles my mind,” said Maria Dominelli, co-event chair with Dan Parker. “Eighty per cent of the graduates of this college do find work in the industry. There are some significant players who have gone on internationally working in that industry.”

It’s an opportunity to see these students before they head out as professionals with marked careers in hotspots such as London, England, New York and Toronto, added Parker.

The evening features top musical entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, music, fun-filled games of chance, prizes and auctions.

“Not only are people getting a chance to participate in a casino event with top-quality food passed around … the performances make it extremely attractive and they get value they wouldn’t get in other parts of the world,” he said. “There’s just about every skill you could think of and some absolutely incredible acts.”

Guests are encouraged to embrace the Bond-themed event by wearing their most playful tuxes or glittering gowns. Casino Royale is an M Award winner for Favourite Artsy Fundraiser.

Casino Royale 007; From the Empress with Love is March 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Empress Hotel. The co-chairs expect the gala will sell out. Tickets are $150 and available through the CCPA office at boxoffice@ccpacanada.com or 250-595-9970.

All proceeds for this fundraiser go toward training students at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Visit ccpacanada.com to learn more about the college.