Her Royal Highness, Jann Arden

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The Calgary Public Library Foundation’s signature fundraising event was presented by TD Bank Group and raised more than $350,000 in support of the Library. Jann Arden, the 2017 Award Recipient, captivated the audience when she credited her parents for encouraging her to try, and fail many things. Her heartfelt address paid homage to the importance of words in her career and personal life, and even reflected on the fact that her first public performance was held in the Crystal Ballroom at the Palliser Hotel—the very same room the gala was held in that evening.

This year marked the 40th anniversary of the gala and we were delighted to have a number of past recipients in attendance, including Bret Hart, Catherine Ford and W. Brett Wilson, who acted as the Master of Ceremonies. We thank everyone in attendance and all supporters who help so many Calgarians.