Star Power: McInnes Cooper Hooks Celebrity Gordon Pinsent for Ronald McDonald House
October 25, 2013
Celebrity Gordon Pinsent brought some star power to a fundraising project led by McInnes Cooper in partnership with the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador. The project benefits Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador. Guild members – including McInnes Cooper’s Winnie Glavine – designed the project, supported by McInnes Cooper, including John O’Dea.
“The Rug Hooking Guild is really excited to partner with McInnes Cooper for this wonderful project,” says Winnie. “Almost 28 years ago, [my husband] Ron and I spent the best part of 51 days in a hard top camper while we waited for our 2-month premature, 3.6 lb daughter, Michelle, to grow enough so that we could take her home to Marystown. This new house has been a long time coming to Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Inspired by Winnie’s story and others like it, the Guild asked children treated at the Janeway Children’s Hospital to illustrate their dreams. The children depicted dreams of the simple things in life: a home, family, friends, sunshine, growing up, and being happy, healthy and free to play. With the help of community volunteers, the Guild turned those drawings into a beautiful collage of hooked mats individually valued between $1,000 and $7,000. The hanging of each mat will be sponsored by auction in coming weeks.
Gordon Pinsent, known for his world renowned theatre and film career, was the latest star to try his hand at the traditional art of rug hooking when he visited McInnes Cooper’s St. John’s office on October 22. He worked on the rainbow section that will traverse the top of the collage. The ever gracious Mr. Pinsent commented, “I think this project is just a terrific idea and I was very impressed with the art work… “Their dreams tell a story. It is so important to tell stories as a way to connect us all.”
Above: A sampling of the hooked mats
Right (Left to Right): John O’Dea, Gordon Pinsent, Winnine Glavine
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