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Gail Asper (right) with the award named for her which was presented to her at a Gala Reception September 13, by Elba Haid, Chair, Manitoba Opera Board of Trustees (left). 

Manitoba Opera announced  that  the Gala Reception honouring Winnipeg philanthropist Gail Asper, held September 13, resulted in being the company’s most successful fundraising event in its 46-year history. The event, held at the Manitoba Club, raised more than $230,000 for Manitoba Opera’s productions and education programs.