A fundraiser this Saturday for the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum with have a double purpose. On top of raising money for the Wembley facility, the event will serve as a celebration for Phillip J. Currie himself. The Doctor received an A.S. Romer-G.G. Simpson medal.
Executive Director Susan Hunter says it is a prestigious award.
“It is the highest honour given by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. He just won that August 26th, so we want to give him a nod at the event.”
During the Society’s annual meeting in Calgary, Currie gave a speech.
“I was under a lucky star. This is exactly what I wanted to do and trained for as a kid,” explained Currie.
He is set to give another speech at the gala fundraiser called A Night for the Museum held in Grande Prairie on Saturday, September 30th. It will include games, entertainment, silent auction and live auction.
“We don’t have a set amount that is our specific goal,” said Hunter. “We want to have that celebration in the room for Dr. Currie. We want to honour all of our sponsors and good people that support the museum.”
Hunter became the Executive Director in July 2017 after Former Chief Executive Officer George Jacobs left in October 2016. Hunter explains that she is enjoying her position and has been taking in information as she settles into it in the first few months. Recently, she had a visit from Travel Alberta.
“They are really impressed with what they see in Wembley and thrilled to see Grande Prairie, as well as Wembley, as a destination for this type of thing. We have a lot of people coming through on their way to Alaska along Highway 43.”
Tickets for the fundraiser are available on the museum’s website at a cost of $150.
Photograph courtesy ReBecca Hunt-Foster