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Honorary Dora awarded to Bluma Appel

Bluma Appel Awarded Honorary Dora Award for her Lifelong Support of Canadian Arts and Culture

A special Honorary Dora Mavor Moore Award was presented to prominent arts patron and social activist Mrs. Bluma Appel, for her exceptional and lifelong dedication to the performing arts in Canada at the 26th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, held Monday evening, June 27, 2005 at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre.

Mrs. Appel joins a very select few who have received this prestigious honour. The Board of the Dora Mavor Moore Awards has only presented this award to two other individuals over the Dora’s 26-year history: one to legendary actor William Hutt and the other to the esteemed late artistic director of the Tarragon Theatre, Urjo Kareda.

Through her remarkable generosity, passion and goodwill, the highly regarded and charismatic Mrs. Appel has indelibly enriched arts and culture in this country.

Born and raised in Montreal, Mrs. Appel is the youngest of four children. Her father, Jack Levitt, believed that it was the family’s duty to share their good fortune, and this value was instilled in Mrs. Appel from an early age. Her generosity is matched only by her devotion. She not only gives financially, but also gives of her heart, time and influence.

Mrs. Appel developed a love for the theatre at a young age and she has always encouraged young emerging artists. She has sat on the Board of Directors of numerous organizations and has supported dozens of arts organizations such as the Canadian Opera Company, CanStage, the National Gallery of Canada, Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Opera Atelier and the Royal Ontario Museum, among others, throughout the years. Annually, she presents a $1,000 cheque to each Dora Mavor Moore Award winner in the Independent Theatre Division. As well, she annually presents cash awards to promising comedians at the Canadian Comedy Awards and to talented students at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and more.

Many communities have benefited from Mrs. Appel’s generosity; she is just as passionate about social causes as she is about the arts. Mrs. Appel founded the Canadian Psychiatric Awareness Committee and has been a leader in Canada in the fight against AIDS.

Among her many honours and awards, Mrs. Appel is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Bluma Appel and her husband Bram Appel have two sons and five grandchildren.

  • Tuesday, 28 Jun 2005
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