It’s a record breaking act of generosity, courtesy of one of Calgary’s most successful and inspiring leaders. On Tuesday, the Calgary Foundation announced it is the recipient of $117 million from the late Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman, the legendary oilman, rancher and philanthropist.
At a luncheon Tuesday with 500 guests that included the city’s top leaders from the arts, business and non-profit sectors, The Calgary Foundation announced its record-breaking gift from Seaman. The iconic entrepreneur was well known during his lifetime for his support of wide and varied charitable causes.
Now, he will go down in the record books with this gift that is the largest ever given to a Canadian community foundation, the second largest charitable gift in Canadian history given to any organization. Prior to this, the $100 million donation by the Moffat family to the Winnipeg Foundation was the highest.
Fellow entrepreneur and philanthropist W. Brett Wilson, who helped form the $26 million Southern Alberta Urology Institute with Seaman, was visibly emotional as he spoke about his longtime friend and his legacy. “Western Canada is fortunate to have Doc Seaman’s footprints all over it,” said Wilson. “He gave his money, he gave his time, he gave his leadership — he is the totem of the Titans.”
Quand, au Québec, verra-t-on un artiste donner 117 millions de dollars à une oeuvre de charité qui lui tient à coeur ? Par exemple, Dominic Champagne qui donne 117 millions de dollars à Équiterre ?