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Jewelry from Hilary Druxman Inc. Collection 51
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This year, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is celebrating its 70th anniversary as one of Canada’s premiere dance companies.

In order to raise funds, the RWB is teaming up with Hilary Druxman Inc. and creating a special jewelry line, inspired by the RWB.

Hilary Druxman Inc. has been at their 1-258 McDermot Avenue location in the Exchange District for four years, and has recently opened a new store at the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

“I think it’s important to support the ballet in this city,” says Druxman. “We’ve had a couple of social gatherings at the store, with the proceeds from jewelry sales going to the ballet. Their 70th anniversary is coming up, and we wanted to create a piece for them.”

“It’s the first time we’ve done something with her that’s open to the entire community,” says Rheo Catt, the director of major gifts at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. “Because it’s the 70th anniversary, it’s nice to partner with the community.”

Catt explains that 50 per cent of the proceeds from the sales of the jewelry line will go directly to the David Moroni School Endowment Fund. That money will directly benefit young dancers studying at the RWB.

According to the RWB website, the fund has been put in place to “ensure the long term health and stability of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division.”

This fund has been established with a $5 million goal. Once fully endowed, the funds will provide students more opportunities to work with guest teachers and choreographers, and attend major international competitions and conferences.

This money will help ensure that the RWB remains competitive amongst the variety of professional dance training centers.

Druxman is no stranger to philanthropic efforts. She has created pieces for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and the Tallman Foundation’s Stand Tall campaign. The pieces been used in fundraising efforts.

“We’re always donating to different organizations in the city, and we’ve connected to people in that way,” says Druxman. “It adds to the content of our work and makes it more meaningful.”

In total, there will be approximately 12 sterling silver abstract design pieces specially created for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet line. The jewelry will sell for $25-$75.

The collection is being launched at an event on November 26, 2009 and will be available in stores and online the next day.

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