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Patron News | September 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,

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our wonderful YPC Garden Party last week. For those of you not able to join us, I wanted to echo the remarks made by Rosario Cartagena thanking our dedicated volunteers from the Executive and Ambassadors for their fantastic work supporting YPC. The leadership, enthusiasm and warmth all of you bring to the program are invaluable.

The fall is a hotbed of activity at the ROM with the opening of two new exhibitions, Carbon 14: Climate is Culture and Wildlife Photographer of the Year, plus our signature fundraiser, Fact or Fiction (October 2) and RUN for the ROM (October 20). We will also enjoy a new season of Friday Night Live events starting October 18, 2013. Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World, presented by RSA Insurance and supported by YPC as an Exhibit Patron, continues through the fall accompanied by a series of fascinating lectures presented by international scholars.

I hope to see many Patrons at our upcoming YPC events. On September 18th we will be taking a behind-the-scenes look at the ROM’s Conservation department with a series of special demonstrations using objects from the vaults. On October 7th, we have been given an exclusive opportunity to view part of the late Bill Jamieson’s world-renowned tribal art collection before it is sold. We have also been invited to tour Art Toronto on October 26, which features the work of some exciting emerging artists. You can find a full list of our fall events on our website.

Finally, I’m pleased to welcome Claude Tambu—a champion of YPC and RUN for the ROM—to our YPC Executive. Claude is a Discoverer level donor and a passionate ambassador for YPC and the ROM and we are thrilled to have him on board. 

Thank you all for your philanthropic leadership as Young Patrons of the ROM. 


Anna-Maria Kaneff
Chair, YPC Executive


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
Peter Zhou

Upcoming YPC Events    

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

Beverage Sponsor

Metropolitan Wines & Spirits




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

Discover the exquisite art of the invisible at the ROM. Did you know that every object on display at the Museum has passed under the careful eye of a conservator? Learn about this fascinating field and how ROM conservators do their job so expertly that oftentimes, visitors will never even know they were there.

This September, YPC is making the invisible visible, bringing ROM conservators out from behind the scenes and into Bronfman Hall for a special series of demonstrations using unique objects from our vaults.

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
6:30-7:10 pm: Networking Cocktail
7:15 pm:
Tours begin
ROM, Weston Entrance, Queen's Park

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


Fact or Fiction 2012
ROM Experts Paul Denis and Gwen Adams at Fact or Fiction, 2012.

Tickets on sale now!
Fact or Fiction
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Join us for the ROM’s signature fundraising event Fact or Fiction and enjoy a lively night out with your colleagues, family and friends.

Match wits with 30 ROM experts to determine the true nature or purpose of 15 mysterious objects and artifacts from the Museum’s vaults.

The game answers will be revealed and a grand prize awarded over a gourmet dinner with a ROM expert seated at each table.

For more information on tickets and table sales, please contact Katie McMullen at 416.586.5772 or


Jessica Phillips and Bill Jamieson
Jessica Phillips and Bill Jamieson

Save the Date
The Thrill of the Find:
Exploring the Bill Jamieson Collection
Monday, October 7, 2013

A unique collector and storyteller, the late Bill Jamieson and his fiancée Jessica Phillips welcomed YPC Patrons into their home several times to view Bill’s vast collection of predominantly tribal art and artifacts.

On behalf of Jessica Phillips, we are pleased to invite YPC Patrons to view a portion of this collection in a salon-style evening where the discussion may cover topics such as: why do people collect, how do they decide what to collect, where do they buy, how do they price objects, why do we need collectors and how do collectors decide what to donate to a museum like the ROM?

This event will have limited capacity. An invitation with RSVP information will be circulated in September.


RUN for the ROM


Register today!
RUN for the ROM
Sunday, October 20, 2013

Join ROM curators, staff, and friends on October 20, 2013 for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge!

Run or walk with us in the 5 km, half marathon or full marathon and raise funds for the ROM’s highest priorities. You can also pledge your support for one of our participants or make a donation directly to the YPC Team.

Special thanks to all those who joined us last year for the inaugural RUN for the ROM, which raised $26,000!

For more information on how to register, make a donation or support a ROM runner, please contact Katie McMullen at 416.586.5772 or



Recent YPC Events    

Patrons at the YPC Garden Party

Many thanks to our YPC Garden Party Venue Sponsor

Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

Thanks for joining us.

On Tuesday, August 27th, we welcomed over 150 Patrons and guests to the much beloved YPC Garden Party at the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto.

The eighth year of this signature event saw Patrons mingling in the DEQ space and enjoying the opportunity to play three Fact or Fiction games for a chance to win a grand prize.

Congratulations to Henrietta Cheng on winning two tickets to the ROM's Fact or Fiction fundraiser on October 2, 2013.

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

Patrons at the YPC Garden Party Patrons at the YPC Garden Party
playing Fact or Fiction at the YPC Garden Party

Patrons at the YPC Garden Party

YPC Patron Update    

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

Ameerah Ain - Voyager Level - $600
Dimitri Bilykh - Voyager Level - $600
Elizabeth Bodkin - Explorer Level - $1,000
Brian De Ruiter - Voyager Level - $600
Wayne Moniz - Voyager Level - $600

Payal Shah - Voyager Level - $600

Carolyn Stroz - Voyager Level - $600
Shamus Van Riezen - Voyager Level - $600
Jinyu Zhou - Explorer Level - $1,000

Share your ROM access!

Patrons at the Discoverer Level ($3,000) and above have transferable membership cards, which they can share with family, friends, colleagues and clients for access to the ROM's collections and special exhibitions.

With a busy fall season at the Museum, this is a great time to upgrade and take advantage of this unique membership benefit.

For details contact Jessica Hall-Cummings at or 416.586.8003.

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Please enjoy this special offer from our Garden Party Venue Sponsor.

Market Brunch
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
Sundays, 11:30 am–3:30 pm
TOCA Restaurant

Let us be part of your weekly Sunday morning routine by offering you a hearty spread made from the harvest’s freshest picks.

$79 per person, includes mimosa & bellini experience. Children 7-12 – half price / 6 & under - complimentary

For inquiries and reservations, please call 416.585.2500 or visit us online.

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Let's ROM    

Explore Mesopotamia Lecture Series
Until December 4, 2013

Don’t miss your chance to see the remaining lectures in this series, bringing world experts into the ROM for informative and entertaining talks delving into the archaeology, art and mystery of ancient Mesopotamia.

Wills & Estate Planning Series: Charitable Life Insurance
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
1:30-2:30 pm

Do you have limited resources, but still wish to leave a significant legacy at the ROM? Give the gift of life insurance and make a future gift at a minimal cost.

Geared toward young professionals, this free information session will be presented by Gwen Harvey, President of BridgeWater Family Wealth Services. Discover how life insurance can be a great estate planning tool, help reduce taxes and multiply philanthropic gifts.

RSVP to or call 416.586.5578


City of the Sun God: Amarna and Its Rulers, Akhenaten and Nerfertiti
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Join world renowned Egyptologist Barry Kemp as he discusses the most recent discoveries at the enigmatic ancient Egyptian capital of controversial Pharaoh Akhenaten.

ROMwalks for ROM Members - Parkdale
Saturday, September 21, 2013
1:00-2:00 pm

ROM Members are invited to tour the historic Village of Parkdale. Discover gems of 19th and 20th architecture as we explore this rapidly changing and diverse neighbourhood.

ROM Out & About - Fashion & Textiles Trivia Night with Dr. Sarah Fee
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
7:00 pm

What is Batik? What is Diane Von Furstenberg best known for? Which British inventor patented the first workable sewing machine? Silk comes from worms, but which part of the worm produces the silk threads? Who is credited with inventing the Little Black Dress? Strut your stuff and show off your fashion and textiles know how.


Dr. Hans Larsson, Damien Buckley and Dr. David Evans at the collections lab.

Damian Buckley
Damien Buckley working at the lab.

Photos: Wanda Dobrowlanski

ROM Grants a Wish for a 12-year Old

ROMCAN and Make-A-Wish Canada partnered to make a young boy’s dream come true on August 8, 2013.

Damien, who has a long standing fascination with dinosaurs, and who has been diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, was granted his wish of being a palaeontologist for a day!

Damien toured the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs and the Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity with ROM Palaeontologist Dr. David Evans and Dr. Hans Larsson, Canada Research Chair in Vertebrate Palaeontology, McGill University.

Damien was also granted behind the scenes access to the collections and the Palaeobiology lab where he worked on the preparation of new dinosaur material.

Since its inception in 2006, ROMCAN has sought to make the ROM and its collections available to all members of the community by mitigating barriers that may prevent individuals from visiting the Museum. ROMCAN partners with some 50 community agencies to help new Canadians, marginalized youth, families living in poverty, those with disabilities, abused women and kids with life-threatening medical conditions experience the magic of the Museum.



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