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Patron News | August 2013 | Add to your address book | JOIN YPC

Young Patrons Circle (YPC) supports the ROM’s overall mission to build community by nurturing discovery and inspiring wonder. Through unique educational, social and cultural initiatives, YPC enhances the ROM experience while providing a philanthropic opportunity to those 45 and younger.


Dear YPC Patrons,

It’s my pleasure to be writing to you as the YPC Team Captain for the second annual RUN for the ROM. I hope you’ve all been having fantastic summers in Toronto, at the cottage or abroad.

Perhaps you’ve been enjoying some running in the sunshine like me. I know we have a lot of dedicated runners and walkers in YPC, and I would like to invite all of you to join the YPC Team and help us raise funds for the ROM by participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Run or walk with us in the 5 km, half or full marathon on Sunday, October 20, 2013. All funds raised by our team will ensure the Museum remains accessible and engaging for generations to come. Participants will receive a special RUN for the ROM gift and those who raise $250 or more will have their registration fee reimbursed! This is our second year participating and I hope to see even more Patrons out on the road this fall.

I look forward to pounding the pavement with you and hope you’ll lace up and join our YPC team. If cheering on the sidelines is more your style you can still support us by making a donation or sponsoring a runner. For questions or assistance with signing up, please contact Katie McMullen at or 416.586.5772.

Thank you in advance for your support!


Claude Tambu
YPC Team Captain, RUN for the ROM

Anna-Maria Kaneff

Casey Antolak
Nancy Bertrand
Rosario Cartagena
Francisco de la Barrera
Koel Loyer
Mike Mallinos
Lindsay Maskell
Elisabeth Patrick


Charina Amunategui
Kareem Bonner
Chris Charron
Hillary Connolly
Diane Donczyk
Gabriel Granatstein
Chris Issariotis
Fiona Lim Tung
Michael Lockhart
Milan Panic
Kelsey Paterson
King Siu
Claude Tambu
Katelyn Veldman

Upcoming YPC Events    

YPC Garden Party 2012

Venue Sponsor

Ritz-Carlton, Toronto



YPC Annual Garden Party
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

This year's summer fête will take place at DEQ, the urban outdoor oasis nestled in The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. Enjoy the company of fellow members, indulge in cocktails by the open-air firepit and play a game of Fact or Fiction with Museum experts.

Take style cues from the season--think brightly-coloured summer dresses and floral-printed pocket squares.

Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
6:30-9:30 pm
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
181 Wellington Street West
Attire: Cocktail

This event is for YPC Patrons only. RSVP to Jessica at



Conservation work at the ROM
Christine Puza, Ethnographic and Metals Intern

Beverage Sponsor

Metropolitan Wines & Spirits


Save the Date
YPC Out of the Vaults with ROM Conservation
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The ROM’s Conservation department holds a unique and important place at the heart of the Museum. Conservators care for objects from every area of the collections, conducting tests on authenticity and condition and advising on proper storage and preservation techniques. They also physically maintain and repair objects, making them fit for public exhibition.

A conservator’s job requires them to do their work extremely skilfully--so that you’ll never know they were there.

On September 18, 2013 we’re making what’s invisible visible, bringing ROM conservators out from behind the scenes and into Bronfman Hall for a series of special demonstrations using unique objects from our vaults.

Invitation coming soon!


Recent YPC Events    

YPC Speaks Speakers 2013
YPC Speaks Presenters: Leen Al Zaibak, Brian Gordon and Fiona Lim Tung

Many thanks to our YPC Speaks Beverage Sponsor
Pommies Dry Cider

Pommies bottles at YPC Speaks

Thanks for joining us.

Thank you to everyone who came to our pilot YPC Speaks event.

Inspired by the talent that lies within our membership, this Ancient Cultures themed evening saw three fascinating presentations from our own Patrons touching on subject matter ranging from starting your own NGO and how the organisation Jusoor is helping young Syrians, to an exploration of the creative process from a designer’s perspective, to a talk on how Mesopotamian cities birthed a new era of innovation directly related to our creative process today.

Many thanks to our talented speakers Leen Al Zaibak, Brian Gordon and Fiona Lim Tung!

We welcome your feedback on this event, what worked, what didn’t and how we can offer even better YPC Speaks events in future. Send your feedback to

You can find more YPC event photos on our YPC Facebook page.

Leen Al Zaibak at YPC Speaks Brian Gordon at YPC Speaks
Patrons at YPC Speaks

Patrons enjoying YPC Speaks

YPC Patron Update    

The YPC would like to welcome and thank the following new Patrons for their support:

Scott Bathurst
Prerna Chandak
Christopher Le Pan
Christina Luison
Michael Mitchell
Adriana Morrison
Jessy Murrison Zita
Payal Shah
Emily Tombs Shaw
Halszka Weiss 
Marcelina Weiss

Please join us in thanking the following Patrons for increasing their YPC gifts:

Michelle Barkley - Explorer Level - $1,000

YPC In the News

The Toronto Standard agrees YPC attracts and cultivates a new generation of philanthropic leaders!

Could The "Me Me Me" Generation Make for the Most Generous Philanthropists Yet?

Let's ROM    

ROMwalks: The Annex
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
6:00-8:00 pm

Learn about Toronto's first planned suburb for professional and upper middle class residents, featuring unique Toronto architecture from the 1800s to the 21st century.

Theft By Chocolate: a ROM Mystery
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
12:00-1:30 pm

Theft By Chocolate is a cheeky museum heist mystery inspired by Luba Lesychyn’s experiences at the ROM and a never-solved heist at the Museum in the 1980s that rocked the security industry globally.

Join Luba for a reading and a discussion on her experience working at the ROM and how this experience became her research base for her first novel.


ROM Out & About
Biodiversity Trivia Night!
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
7:00 pm

Come and try your luck at the ROM's Biodiversity Trivia night.

Questions will range from easy to challenging with teams competing for bragging rights. You could achieve the status of student all the way up to curator! Grab a beer, join a team and prepare for a good time. 

ROM Student Story Contest
Closes August 30, 2013

Students between the ages of nine and 11 are invited to participate in a ROM Student Story Contest. Ask the kids in your life to tell us a story about their favourite visit to the ROM for a chance to win tickets to Fact or Fiction and go behind the scenes on a private tour with a curator!


Engagement Photo at the ROM

Highlight from the ROM Blog:
Love at the ROM

Emily and Kyle met in line with hundreds of others at the architectural opening of the ROM’s crystal on June 2, 2007. The line was long and they stood for two hours talking as they waited to see the new ROM. A lot can happen in two hours!

Six years later, Kyle surprised Emily in the Gallery of Gems and Gold, in the Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth’s Treasures by proposing marriage on June 24, 2013.

This story reminded us of how the Museum isn’t just an educational resource or a cultural hot spot to visit on a trip to Toronto, but a place where people can meet and connect over a shared interest in science and civilizations.

Have you ever thought about popping the big question at the ROM? For more details on how to create your own memorable engagement story at the Museum contact

Commemorate your special moments at the Museum with a gift to the Love the ROM campaign in honour of the ROM's centennial in 2014. Gifts may be made in any amount and are fully tax receiptable.


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