studio 54 gala & Disco Party


STUDIO 54 GALA & Disco Party

Boogie nights, bright lights, glitter glam and a disco jam will have you dancing the night away at the Open to Grow Studio 54 Gala & Disco Party, where the party never ends and neither do the food and drinks. (Well, at least not until last call!)

Disco dress is optional. You can dress as you like and many will! If you can, try to wear one item that is reminiscent of the 70’s This will help put you into the 70s mood! For those who love 70’s disco garb, go for it!!: mini dresses, bell bottoms, leisure suits and platform shoes are all the rage with prizes for best dressed.

Get your tickets early, to ensure your admission through the velvet gates and your piece of the action, in the silent and live auctions.

Date Friday, October 24, 2014
Time: 7 pm til midnight
Location:   Hotel Arts
Address:   119 – 12th Avenue SW
Individual Tickets:   $200 per person (portion of ticket tax deductible)
Four Top Ticket: $800 for 4 people (portion of the price tax deductible)
VIP Lounge Area Ticket:   $2,000 for 10 people (portion of price tax deductible)
Food & Dancing: Continuous throughout the evening
Music: Live DJ
Auctions Silent & Live, Bill Brown, Auctioneer
MC Jill Belland, Citytv's Breakfast Television's On Location Host
Dress Code Studio 54 theme, prizes for best dressed attendees


Need more information? Contact Carrie Lonardelli, Event Chair at:




Five Nights of California Dreaming – for 2

The focus of this amazing trip is the beauty of southern California wine country, and the vibe of Laguna Beach. It begins once you have landed in San Francisco and are in your rental car ready to go! You start on a leisurely drive south to Paso Robles, one of the world’s most beautiful wine regions, where you will stay in the Cass Vineyard & Winery’s private guesthouse for 3 nights. The guesthouse is not available to the public and is located right in the vineyard! Enjoy a wine tasting with the Cass winemaker and tour the surrounding area where there are a number of wineries and lots of things to do. Compliments of Britannia Wine Merchants, North By Northwest Wine Imports, and Cass Vineyard & Winery. (Expires October 31, 2015, subject to availability, so book early.)

Then, head further south to Laguna Beach to Casa Laguna Inn & Spa, which sits in a beautiful, lush garden setting. You will stay for two nights in a deluxe ocean view room with a cushy, ocean-view “courting bench” outside your door, so you can enjoy the spectacular sunsets. Inside, a spacious bathroom awaits with a jetted double spa tub, and an electric ambiance fireplace. Casa Laguna has been recognized as one of the Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Small Hotels in the United States. Each morning, you will enjoy a gourmet breakfast and, in the evening, wine and hors d’oeuvres in the historic Mission House or Palm Court. Casa Laguna is within walking distance of several great restaurants as well as beaches and tidal pools. Laguna Beach is 1.5 miles away, with its many shops, restaurants and art galleries. At the end of your stay, drive 50 miles to Los Angeles for your flight back to Calgary. Compliments of Casa Laguna Inn & Spa. (Expires October 31, 2015, restrictions on weekends and holidays, as well as July and August at Casa Laguna; both properties subject to availability; airfare and rental car not included.)


Tee Time in Canmore – for 4 ladies

Drive up to Canmore in style, enjoying the use of a Bentley for two days. Check-in at the Bear & Bison Canadian Country Inn, then head off in your Bentley to the Silvertip Resort for a round of golf (including two carts) at one of the most spectacular courses in the world. When you return to the Inn, relive the events of the day in their hot tub while sipping a great glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. In the morning you will be served a delicious breakfast before heading back to Calgary. Compliments of: A Bear & Bison Canadian Country Inn, Distinctive Collection, Britannia Wine Merchants, and golf compliments of Bob & Karen Brown. (4 rooms for a one-night stay, Sunday through Thursday, and a delicious 3-course breakfast in the morning.)


Experience the Best of Guatemala – 7 nights for 2

This is a unique opportunity to stay in both Antigua and at Lake Atitlan, two of the most beautiful places in Guatemala, and to see first hand what Open to Grow is doing in Guatemala. Day 1 - You will be met on your arrival at La Aurora International Airport and taken by private shuttle to Antigua where you will stay for three nights at Hotel Sor Juana, Trip Advisor’s #1 B&B in Antigua. You will start each morning with a full breakfast on the roof top terrace overlooking Antigua. Day 2 – after breakfast, you will go on a walking tour of Antigua with Elizabeth Bell, tour guide extraordinaire, through the cobblestone streets one of the world’s best-conserved colonial cities. You will then have the rest of the day to explore the shops, restaurants, art galleries, historical buildings, and markets. On Day 3, you will be picked up at the hotel by a representative of Open to Grow’s partner, and will spend the day on a private field trip to visit several clients, and perhaps witness a loan issuance or repayment meeting, or training session, an utterly unique experience. On Day 4, you will be taken by shuttle to Panajachel where you will stay for two nights at Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo. The Hotel, surrounded by lush gardens and lawns, has spectacular views of Lake Atitlan, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. It is situated close to Panajachel’s main shopping and dining area, a good place to spend the rest of your day. On Day 5, take a water taxi and visit one or more of the Mayan villages situated around the lake (not included). On Day 6, back to Antigua by shuttle for a relaxing two-night stay at the 4-Star Hotel Camino Real. On your last night, dinner awaits you at Como Como, one of Antigua’s best restaurants. Compliments of Antigua Tours, Hotel Sor Juana (expires December 31, 2015), Posada de Don Rodrigo - Lake Atitlan (expires December 31, 2015), Hotel Camino Real (expires April 25, 2015) and Como Como. Hotel dates excluded include from Christmas to and including New Year’s Day, and from Palm Sunday to and including Easter Sunday (Holy Week). Airfare, and meals not described above are not included.)


Quiet on the Set – for 2

You’re about to enjoy the magic of film production, a rare experience, as a guest of a network television series or a movie shooting either in Alberta or BC. Producer Raymond Massey, President of Massey Productions and the grandson of the famous Canadian actor Raymond Massey, will work with your availability to arrange for a significant production (not necessarily his own) to host you for a visit and set tour. You will have the opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes on a major film set and will meet some of the people involved with the production. The time frame is from November 15, 2014 to the end of February 2015. If one of Raymond Massey’s productions is underway, this would be available any date that the film is in production in BC. Compliments of Massey Productions Ltd., and the host production company.


A night of Hockey in a Saddledome Suite - for 12

Entertain your group of 12 in the luxury of the Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLC private suite at the Scotiabank Saddledome. From your vantage point in the Suite, you will enjoy an exciting match between the Calgary Hitmen and Swift Current Broncos on Friday, January 23 at 7 pm. This is a great way to attend a hockey game in comfort while spending quality time with your business colleagues, clients or friends. (You can even see replays from the Suite’s TV.) Included in the package are: 2 parking passes, and a $300 catering credit! Compliments of Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLC.


A One-Week Safari Adventure in Uganda - Package for a Group of 4

This is a trip of a lifetime, an experience you and your friends or family will never forget! Day 1-4. Your adventure starts at the Entebbe Airport where you will be met on arrival and transferred to The Boma, Entebbe’s premier hotel. In the morning, after breakfast, you will drive by Landcruiser with a personal driver guide to the Semliki Wildlife Reserve in Western Uganda, where you will stay at the Semliki Safari Lodge for three nights. The Lodge is secluded and intimate, with a maximum of 18 guests. You will stay in golden-hued tents with gleaming hardwood floors, en-suite bathrooms with running water, hot showers and flush toilets. Tea or coffee is brought to you in the morning so you can lie in bed or sit on your veranda and drink in the view before the day begins. The main lodge, with soaring thatched roof, is where guests gather to share their experiences. Game activities include walking safaris and game drives – two per full day. Be ready to experience in the wild the big cats, forest elephants, chimpanzees, white tailed and slender mongoose, and standard and pennant winged nightjars depending on the time of year.

On Day 5-7. In the morning, you fly to Kidepo Valley National Park, arriving mid-afternoon at Apoka Safari Lodge. Prepare to have your breath taken away. What you have always imagined Africa to look like is right in front of you – jagged hills, golden grasses, plains dotted with wildlife, soft glowing light. A swimming pool carved out of rock. Ten rooms built with every comfort in mind, including a sheltered terrace and your own outdoor stone bathtub. Wildlife is abundant. Lions, leopard, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, zebra and possibly Africa’s largest herds of buffalo, hartebeest, waterbuck, bushbuck and warthog. Much of it can be seen from the privacy of your own veranda or your outdoor bathtub! But the best way to see the wildlife is up close: on foot, or in an open-top Land cruiser.

On Day 8, in mid-afternoon, you transfer to the Kidepo Airstrip, 10 minutes away, to fly back to Entebbe Airport. Your adventure can end here, or you can discuss possible add-ons. The package for a group of 4 includes: your stay at The Boma; three nights at each of the Lodges with all meals, non-premium drinks and 2 game activities per full day; and the transfers referred to above.

Valid during January–May, 2015, and September–November, 2015. For the Detailed Itinerary, including more photos, CLICK HERE. Compliments of Kim Kertland and Wildplaces Africa.


An Evening of Chocolate-Making with papa chocolat – for 12

A great way to treat your friends to a really sweet evening at home! You could also use chocolate making as a company team-building exercise and hold it in your office! Or just have one heck of a fun family party! Master Chocolatier Bernard Callebaut is known around the world for innovation, quality and craftsmanship and has been recognized by the Government of France for his outstanding contribution to the culinary arts. He’s a great teacher of chocolate-making and a lot of fun!


The Best of Sandhill Small Lot Wines – 2 cases

Sandhill’s Master Winemaker Howard Soon is one of the true pioneers in the BC wine industry. His novel approach to winemaking has led to many award-winning single vineyard wines. In 1998 he received the Founder’s Award from the Okanagan Wine Festival. He was the first BC winemaker to receive a Gold Medal at the Chardonnay du Monde in France and produce a Super Tuscan blend — Sandhill Small Lots three. Recently, Howard became the first winemaker in history to receive all 3 top honours at the 2009 Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards when Sandhill won for Best Red Wine of the Year, Best White Wine of the Year and Winery of the Year. In short, Sandhill makes some amazing wines. The wines Sandhill has donated are definitely for the wine connaisseur. They are rare, almost impossible to buy, priceless. Here they are: 1 bottle each of: 2002: Barbera; 2003: one; Barbera; two; 2004: Barbera; Sangiovese; 2005: Barbera; Petit Verdot; two; three; one; 2007: Barbera; 2008: Single Block Merlot; two; Sangiovese; 2009: one; Malbec; two; Barbera; three; 2010: Single Block Merlot; Syrah Phantom Creek; Petit Verdot; 2011: Syrah Phantom Creek. Compliments of Andrew Peller.


Romantic Picnic on a Mountain Top – Package for 2

This is a package for romantics, a great way to celebrate a special person or occasion! An executive car will pick you up, make a quick stop at Starbucks to get your morning lattes, and then drive you to the Springbank Airport just outside Calgary. From there you will fly by helicopter into the mountains to the west where your pilot will spot the best mountain top location for your picnic. Once you land, out comes a basket with a great picnic lunch, a bottle of champagne, and a blanket to sit on. You then can relax and leisurely enjoy your lunch in the privacy of your own mountain top! Then, back by helicopter to the Springbank Airport. Your executive car will then take you to the Hotel Arts where you will have dinner in the Raw Bar by Duncan Ly and then stay the night in a newly renovated Luxury Suite. In the morning, you will enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the award-winning Yellow Door Bistro. If needed valet parking is included. Compliments of LR Helicopters, Osteria de Medici, Brittania Wine Market and Hotel Arts.


A Week of Sun in Cabo San Lucas – Package for 6

A gorgeous air-conditioned condo on the top floor of Villa Estancia is waiting just for you. It overlooks the most beautiful beach on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula and has two large bedrooms and 2,200 square feet of living space (including the open foyer and terraces). It sleeps six comfortably and is suitable for two couples, a family with kids, or a ladies getaway! The property is located a short drive from Cabo, a great place for dining, shopping dancing and swimming with dolphins. On the Villa Estancia private grounds, you will find the Baja’s largest spa, a kid’s activity centre and daycare, gym, grocery store and medical clinic. There are also seven restaurants/cafes on site. Horseback riding, golf, fishing and all forms of water sports are close by. Compliments of Paper Umbrella Residences (airfare and transfers not included).


A One-Day Meeting at the Banff Centre – for 10

Looking for a great place to discuss the future of your company, or to have a Board retreat? There is no better way to have a transformative meeting experience than to get away from Calgary and spend a day at The Banff Centre.

This one-day meeting package for 10 includes: superior guestrooms in the Professional Development Centre for one night; meeting space; breakfast in Vistas Dining Room; continuous refreshment breaks; basic AV set up including CD projector and screen; and all taxes and service charges. The package is valid from November 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015 (excluding Christmas/New Year’s and May, June and September. Compliments of The Banff Centre.


A reminder - disco dress is optional. You can dress as you like and many will! If you can, try to wear one item that is reminiscent of the 70s. This will put you in the mood to have fun! Those who go for the full-on 70s garb will be eligible for prizes.


We have some really terrific items for you to bid on, thanks to the generosity of over a hundred Open to Grow supporters! Unique travel packages, exclusive wines, great dining experiences, one-of-a kind events…and lots more!! We will be sending out three more Emailers a week or so apart with descriptions of additional auction items.


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