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The Centre for Family Literacy builds, develops and improves literacy with families and communities.

Musicians Perform for Literacy

The annual Richardson GMP Evening of Wine & Words in support of the Centre’s Books for Babies program was a smashing success.

Returning for a fifth year seemed to be a theme with Jim Cuddy, Mark Scholz and about two-thirds of the audience in the room. The evening began with cocktails in the foyer adjacent to the Empire Ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. The silent auction had an eclectic mix of items from a 40-year-old bottle of port to a one-piece two flush Toto toilet.

The incomparable man of many hats, Mark Scholz, acted as Master of Ceremonies, auctioneer, and wine “commentator”. Mary Pinkoski, Edmonton poet, had the sold out audience on their feet after her stirring reading of the poem Words.

Mark Scholz was just about to begin the final live auction item, a private concert with Corb Lund, when Corb appeared on stage and played “I wonder what all the ugly people are doing tonight”. In addition to the private concert, someone went home with the guitar Corb used and then autographed.

The main event of the night was the performance by Jim Cuddy, Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland. “I have been coming to this event for the past five years,” said one guest “and this was by far the best performance. I don’t know how they will top it for next year, but I know they will.”

A special thank you to the volunteer committee who put endless hours into making the evening a success. Thank you to our sponsors, donors and attendees for their continued support of our work.

Sponsor Listing

  • Richardson GMP
  • Sobeys Spirits, Wine and Cold Beer Stores
  • Ecologic Builders Inc.
  • mkm
  • Sobeys
  • Swish Flowers


Jim Cuddy, Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet

Corb Lund

Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet


Mary Pinkoski

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