THE CANADIAN CANOE MUSEUM BEAVER CLUB GALA Saturday, October 17, 2009 Peterborough Curling Club 6:00 pm LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION DONATION FORM A unique promotional opportunity for your business. All proceeds benefit the Canadian Canoe Museum! See attached information sheet describing the event and benefits for donors. It is very important that you state the retail value of the item(s) you donate, so we can indicate that information on the bid sheets. Contact Name: _______________________________________________________________________ Company: __________________________________________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________________________ City, Province, Postal Code: ____________________________________________________________ Phone/ Fax/E-mail: ___________________________________________________________________ Description of item(s): ___________________________________________________________ Value: _________________ ___________________________________________________________ Value: _________________ ___________________________________________________________ Value: _________________ Pick-up or delivery by Friday, October 9th. Please check one of the following: We will deliver to Canadian Canoe Museum ________ Please pick up donated item(s) _______ Questions? E-mail or phone: Val McRae: email@example.com, (705) 749-2313 Katie Stewart: firstname.lastname@example.org, (705) 741-5703 Return form to: Attention: Beaver Club Gala Silent Auction Drop-off or post: Canadian Canoe Museum 910 Monaghan Road Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Fax: 705-748-0616 Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 am – 5 pm. E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org THE CANADIAN CANOE MUSEUM BEAVER CLUB GALA FUNDRAISER Saturday, October 17, 2009 6:00 pm Peterborough Curling Club, 2195 Lansdowne St, W. Peterborough, Ontario. History Behind the Beaver Club The original Beaver Club was founded in 1785 by Montreal-based members of the North Gala: West Company who had spent at least one winter in the Pays d’en haut (the North Country). In the early days, the Club provided a venue (or an excuse) for old fur traders to gather and reminisce over fine food and drink. As the tradition evolved, the Beaver Club mixed the rough and the smooth, kings and politicians, elite Montreal business types and soldiers of the realm with guests from all walks of life with adventuresome stories to tell. Punctuating courses would be stories, recitations and toasts, culminating with Le Grand voyage, a boisterous reenactment of a journey by canoe down wild white water, over back-breaking portages and into the heart of fur country, all imagined by Club members sitting side-by-side on parlour chairs paddling with whatever “paddles” they could find. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Nor’Wester and Loyalist Museum in Williamstown, Ontario hosted a Beaver Club Dinner. It is in the spirit of that tradition that the Canadian Canoe Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and self- propelled watercraft, is continuing this annual fundraising event. Event Information: Evening begins at 6:00 p.m. / Dress: Black Tie (circa 1800) or Buckskin (fur trade garb). For more information about the Gala and how to purchase tickets: www.canoemuseum.ca Tickets are $200 per person or $1,600/table of eight. Types of donations: To the extent possible, we’d like to offer products and services that have some connection to the theme of the event, i.e. canoeing, the fur trade, local history or cuisine. However, our goal is to raise money for the Canadian Canoe Museum, and all donations (products and services) will be gratefully received. Benefits for silent auction Each donation will be attractively displayed with a bid sheet indicating minimum bid donors: allowed. There will be additional space to display copies of a brochure describing your business and/or your business card. A tax receipt will be issued to your business for 100% of retail value of the item(s) you donate.