Richardson Family Honoured by Jewish Community

5 generations of the Richardson family

Last night the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CIJA) and the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg hosted their annual 'Words and Deeds' Leadership Award Dinner. Words and Deeds recognizes the contributions people make to better our communities and society. The proceeds from the evening increase the endowment fund of the Federation. This year's recipient, the Richardson family, has spent five generations bettering our communities through contributions and effort to the arts, business and politics.

The event was a who's who of Winnipeg's high profile families, business people and politicians, many of who are friends of the Richardsons and the Jewish community.

The dinner was held at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. What may have seemed to be an odd choice for such a high profile event was executed admirably. The top floor of the Convention Centre featured walls draped in black and a feature wall the length of a football field with graphics and photos projected across it. With very tasteful tables and a fantastic dinner, an elegant venue was created.

The feature wall played a spectacular part in the evening as the entire length became part of a Peter Mansbridge narrated video tribute of the Richardson family. Highlights of the family business as well as their contributions were showcased. Charitable donation is both the drive of the organization and the family members. Muriel Richardson formalized charitable contributions in 1957, currently named the Richardson Foundation, however donating has been a drive for 150 years. Recent contributions include $1 million to Winnipeg's major performing arts groups and 150 Gifts in 150 Communities. The evening was sprinkled with performances from the Manitoba Opera, The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Youngstars Youth Ensemble.

The evening closed with kind words of acceptance from Hartley Richardson and Carolyn (Richardson) Hursh. To continue the history of giving, The Richardsons announced that a portion of the proceeds from the evening would also be donated to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. With 1200 people in attendance at $500 per plate, that makes a very nice contribution.

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