Over $500,000 raised for Youth Mental Health at Brett Wilson’s Garden Party

Brett Wilson’s annual garden party, recently held on June 21st, 2016, raised an astonishing $500,000 for adolescent mental health, surpassing last year’s event total of $400,000. Our own Cathy Keoug, Director of Counselling Initiatives, and Jenna MacDonald, Fund Development Administrator, had the opportunity to attend, marking this the fifth year that we have been a part of the celebration. It was held under the starry sky in Brett Wilson’s beautiful garden, where guests spent the evening dancing and mingling to performances from artists such as Brett Kissel, John and Jacob and Sara Staples, among others.

At the event, we were in the company of other influential charities such as the Canadian Mental Health Association-Calgary, Juno Foundation, Wood’s Homes, Silver Linings Foundation Calgary, Dare to Care, Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta and the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

On top of the $500, 000 raised, for every social media post containing the hashtag #OMGP Brett Wilson donated $10 (up to a maximum of $100,000) to the United Way in Fort McMurray. Donations are still pouring in, and all of the money raised will have a huge impact in the lives of many.

Being a part of this event enabled us to see how big of a difference we are making within the community. “It was an honor to be able to participate as one of the chosen charities for the event” shared Cathy Keough. “Many guests stopped by our table and commented that we do good work, and I know it is true. It is not always easy work we do, but we continually strive towards our best work. I was reminded that many people in our community support us, especially W. Brett Wilson, who proudly mentions the Wilson Centre for Domestic Abuse Studies whenever he can.”

We want to thank Brett Wilson and all of the guests in attendance for their generosity and support of the Calgary community. This event serves as a reminder that when we work together, we can make a huge difference.

The garden party was featured in both the Calgary Herald ( and the Calgary Sun ( It included.

Below are some pictures from the event:


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