Premier Kathy Dunderdale speaks at the Ovations event at the Delta Hotel Thursday afternoon. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
Ovations, the January gala event which celebrated women in the province, made a profit of nearly $40,000, according to data released to The Telegram by the organizing committee.
Expenses released late Wednesday show the event cost $249,520, but revenue from corporate donors and registration fees brought in $287,215, leaving a balance of $37,695.
The registration fees alone came in at almost $40,000.
The details were released after the Liberal Opposition filed a request under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
The committee that organized the Ovations women’s conference said it would release the details, forsaking the formal process.
The Liberals said Wednesday they wanted to find out the source of the funding and are pleased
to see the donations from corp-
orations that made the event possible.
Most major sponsors donated between $7,500 and $25,000, with the Iron Ore Co. of Canada giving the highest amount — $50,000.
There was no government cash, but Nalcor Energy chipped in $25,000 and a subsidiary of Nova Scotia’s private energy company, Emera, chipped in $15,000.
Other cash donors included Suncor Energy, ExxonMobil, Long Harbour Employers Association/RDC, CIBC, Statoil, Husky Energy, Ernst & Young, Pennecon, Chevron, Stantec and Stewart McKelvey.
According to the committee, several companies provided in-kind contributions including Provincial Airlines, Steele Communications, Delta, Comfort Inn and Transcontinental.
The $37,695 profit will be used for women in leadership events and Ovations follow-up, the committee said.
Premier Kathy Dunderdale gave the keynote address at the event which was announced by the women’s policy office.