Dining with the Pops for Literacy

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Canad Inns Destination Centre Club Regent Casino Hotel

1415 Regent Avenue West

Winnipeg, MB R2C 3B2


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We’re excited to announce our first Peter Gzowski Invitational event. Please join us for an evening of fine dining, inspirational reflections by CBC Radio host Shelagh Rogers, and special music by the Winnipeg Pops Orchestra, a 50-piece band.

This event is all about supporting literacy in our province. It is part of a country-wide effort to promote the mandate and vision of author and former CBC Radio host Peter Gzowski. While he was still living and a popular media personality, Peter started a celebrity golf tournament, the Peter Gzwoski Invitational, to raise funds for literacy programs across Canada. Now, 30 years later, PGIs have expanded to include a variety of fundraising initiatives.

Literacy in Manitoba

Only one literacy program in each province and territory is selected to represent the PGI literacy foundation. The John Howard Society of Manitoba is honoured to have this opportunity for support.

The literacy department at the John Howard Society of Manitoba works with clients keen to improve the literacy skills they need for school, work, parenting, and community participation. Many men who are in jail or coming out of jail cannot read or write as well as they would like. Literacy skills are crucial for day-to-day functioning in our information-based world.

We provide one-on-one tutoring, instruction and supervision of peer tutoring, compile a newsletter for and by incarcerated men, and record fathers reading to their children and give the recordings to their families in our "Get the Story Out" program.

Peter Gzowski

Peter Gzowski Inspiration

“The PGIs bring together so much that matters to me; friends, laughter, poetry, music – all playing to make a better world,” said Canadian writer and broadcaster Peter Gzowski. Having raised more than $12 million, the PGIs are a lasting tribute to his vision and a testament to the thousands of golfers, participants, volunteers and sponsors who, each year, take up the torch.

Shelagh Rogers

Shelagh Rogers – Speaker

Over the years as a journalist on flagship programs such as Morningside, Sounds Like Canada and This Morning, Shelagh has traveled the length and breadth of this country, interviewing thousands of Canadians and collecting their stories. That's her passion and she believes sharing our stories enlarges our understanding of each other. She is currently the host and a producer of the CBC Radio program The Next Chapter, devoted to Canadian writers and songwriters.

In September 2011, Shelagh was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour, for promoting Canada's rich culture, for her volunteer work in adult literacy, for fighting against the stigma of mental illness, and for pushing for reconciliation.

In the last few years, she has committed herself to working toward that reconciliation from coast to coast to coast. She plans to devote herself to reconciliation for the rest of her life. Native Counseling Services of Alberta has given her their Achievement in the Aboriginal Community award. She is also proud to be chosen as an "Honourary Witness" to the brave and essential work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. (Source: CBC.ca)

Winnipeg Pops Orchestra

Winnipeg Pops Orchestra Big Entertainment

The Winnipeg Pops Orchestra is a symphonic ensemble of musicians of all ages and backgrounds, covering most instruments found in a modern symphony orchestra. They play classics by renowned composers such as Bach, Tchaikowsky, Strauss, etc. They also perform "popular" works by Leroy Anderson, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Rodgers and Hammerstein, just to name a few. For this evening of fine dining, they'll play a special selection of lively, "full-bodied" tunes. Come and enjoy.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Can I pay by cheque or cash?

Yes, please stop by our office during our regular hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30. We have tickets available for purchase at the front desk. Further questions? Contact the office of the John Howard Society, call 204-775-1514 or email office@johnhoward.mb.ca. (You can also purchase tickets online, by clicking the green "Tickets" button at the top of this page.)

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, this is an all-ages event. There will be a cash bar available.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is plenty of free parking adjacent and around the Club Regent Casino and Hotel.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact the office of the John Howard Society, call 204-775-1514, or email office@johnhoward.mb.ca.

What's the refund policy?

All ticket purchases are final, so, no refunds. But tickets are transferable. If you buy a ticket and can't make it to the event, you are welcome to pass it along. Or, call the office and we may have an eager recipient on a wait list.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please bring evidence of payment, either a printed ticket or a version of it on your electronic device.

Is my ticket transferrable?

Yes, you may give your ticket to a guest of your choice. Please inform us of the transfer to avoid confusion at the door. Contact the office of the John Howard Society, call 204-775-1514 or email office@johnhoward.mb.ca.

Can I get a charitable tax receipt for my ticket?

Yes, we can issue a tax receipt for a portion of your ticket price. We are obliged to deduct fair market value for your meal and entertainment. For a $75 ticket, we'll issue a $40 receipt for a charitable donation. Any additional donations will be receipted in the amount given.

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