Photos, 2015 gala dinner

Our deepest appreciation for the donation of photography services from Celeste Morrow-Bailie.

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A little piano and bass during the pre-dinner cocktail hour. The bassist is Leacock Associates board member Jim Harris.

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Cocktails and munchies and a chance to chat with everyone.

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The book table is set up for the cocktail hour. Spy the 2015 award winner?

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The dining room is waiting. Seems to be a black-and-white theme going on.

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Leacock Associates president Mike Hill welcomes everyone to the 2015 gala dinner and thanks the generous sponsors and hardy volunteers.

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Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke tells the crowd how important the Leacock Medal award is to the city’s vibrant arts scene.

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Leacock Medal winner Terry Fallis and his wife, Nancy, at the table of honour.

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Emcee Bill Conall, the 2014 winner of the Leacock Medal for his book The Promised Land.

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Past Leacock Medal winner Joe Kertes shares a few thoughts.

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2011 Leacock Medal winner Trevor Cole in what looks like a thought-provoking conversation.

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Kathy Stephenson of the local TD bank presents a cheque that will support a high school literary-humour class to course creator Arlene Marks.

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Each year the Leacock Associates supports literacy programming for children with funding from TD. Kathy Stephenson of TD presents a cheque to our recipient, the Leacock National Historic Museum, represented by Jenny Martynyshyn, the museum’s administrative coordinator.

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Orillia Packet & Times editor and Leacock Associates board member Nathan Taylor presents a cheque to the winner of the 2015 student-writing competition.

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Terry Fallis continues the tradition of presenting the student winner with a signed copy of the Leacock Medal–winning book.

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Douglas Gibson, publishing icon and editor of the 2015 Leacock Medal–winning book No Relation, warms the crowd up for some words from the author.

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Past longtime Leacock Associate board member and current honorary director Jean Dixon presents Terry Fallis with the Leacock Medal for his 2015 winning book, No Relation.

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Terry entertains the crowd with his usual blend of wit and warmth.

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After the dinner speeches conclude, Terry assumes the signing position at the book table.

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You can never get readers in on Canadian literary humour too young.