Chairs' Reception Honours Museum Supporters

Jack Cockwell, Frank Potter and Barrick Gold Corporation celebrated for generous philanthropic contributions and commitment to the ROM

W. Robert Farquharson, Chair of the ROM Board of Governors and Salvatore Badali, Chair of the ROM Board of Trustees hosted the annual Chairs’ Reception at the Royal Ontario Museum last night. Since 1998, the annual event has celebrated philanthropy at the Museum, acknowledging donors, patrons and sponsors who generously contribute their financial support and considerable time to making the ROM one of the world’s great museums.

“We are delighted to recognize Jack Cockwell, Frank Potter, and Barrick Gold Corporation for the incredible impact their support has had on the success of the Museum,” says Dianne Lister, President & Executive Director of the ROM Governors. “The ROM is very fortunate to have such strong philanthropic leadership and remarkable support from our patrons, corporate sponsors, and volunteers.”

Jack Cockwell, Governor and former Chair of the ROM Board of Trustees and Frank Potter, Heritage Governor and former Chair of the ROM Board of Governors were both honoured with the Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award is presented to individuals who have provided extraordinary and meritorious service to the Museum over an extended period of time. Past Distinguished Service Award recipients include James and Louise Temerty, Patricia Harris, and Jack McOuat. The award recipients were presented with a limited edition architectural model of the Weston Entrance of the historic 1933 building on Queen’s Park.

The ROM was also proud to honour Barrick Gold Corporation with the Donor Award of Merit for its generous $3 million gift in support of the future Barrick Gold Gallery, scheduled to open at the ROM in spring 2013. The Donor Award of Merit recognizes the inspired generosity displayed by those who have donated $1 million or more to the ROM within the past year. The company was presented with a framed, limited edition signed print of Daniel Libeskind’s napkin sketch of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.

Over 400 ROM donors, patrons, sponsors and guests enjoyed the event, which included a buffet dinner by Presidential Gourmet and a live performance by violin virtuoso Sonia Lee and DJ Daniel Buckman blending classical technique with cutting-edge electronic music.

About the ROM Governors

The ROM Governors, formerly known as the ROM Foundation, is committed to the long-term financial health of the Royal Ontario Museum, raising and directing funds for its highest priorities and fostering sustainable relationships of exceptional value both to the institution and its donors. The ROM Governors is also accountable for a variety of the Museum’s philanthropic, sponsorship, fundraising events and patron programs.