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10th Annual Frank J. Flaman Foundation Gala 2016


Written By: Eric Anderson, Feb 08, 2016
The 10th Annual Frank J. Flaman Foundation Gala is taking place on March 18th, 2016 in Edmonton, AB. (By the way, Frank Flaman founded "Flaman.")


The location is new – it will be at the Fantasyland Hotel - and the theme is “The Roaring Twenties!”  There will be prizes for best costumes and the evening is sure to be an extraordinary and unforgettable one.
 


Frank Flaman funds the administration and overhead costs of the Foundation, so 100% of every dollar donated goes to a charity, event, or someone in need.  To date, over $10-million has been donated to various charities.

The Frank J. Flaman Foundation’s and Frank’s mission to help those that need assistance in our community, our country, and around the world.  The Foundation will focus more on the needs of children and families locally in 2016.



Read more about "Why Frank Cares" here.

The goal is to raise $80,000 at the Gala, with the funds, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars that the Frank J. Flaman Foundation gives each year, being pledged to various charities including the ones mentioned here [https://www.flaman.com/foundation/charities ].   Through these joint partnerships, the Foundation hopes to improve the quality of life for all in need and help to end world suffering. 

The Frank J. Flaman Foundation’s “Gala” is the annual main fundraiser for the Foundation.  During this elegant and fun evening, a silent auction takes place as well as dinner and dancing. But this event is not just about raising money, it’s also about showing attendees and supporters how their contributions are making a difference. Representatives from a number of charities are on hand to receive their donations from Frank himself. As well, charitable groups are showcased for everyone to learn about the great work that they do.



Why does Frank want to make a difference in the world?  Frank has spent many years learning, reading and researching opportunities in the world and how he can help to end global suffering.  He has discovered two major things:
  1. The lack of unsafe water and sanitation are the world’s largest causes of illness.
  2. Food security is of utmost importance!  Lack of sustainable food sources leads to malnutrition and death in most parts of the world.
And, in the words of Mother Theresa, "If you can’t feed 100 people, then feed just one."

So, for over 30 years, Frank has personally funded and helped countless charities, both locally and around the globe.  In 2005, he formally established the Frank J. Flaman Foundation to expand these philanthropic efforts.  In the first two years alone, he brought aid to thousands worldwide and every year following the foundation continues to spread the generosity of Frank and other donors to those in need.
The Frank J. Flaman Foundation is funded by Frank’s share of the profits from the Flaman Group of Companies, as well as private donations from others. 


 
The cost per ticket is $150 and per table of 10 is $1350.

Also, you can support the event with your donation of silent and live auction items.  “One of a kind” or unique items bring in the most money in an auction.  Examples of items that have been very popular at auctions include sports memorabilia, artwork, gift certificates and rare or different collectibles.  For any item you donate, you will receive a charitable receipt in the amount of the full retail value of the item along with recognition at the event!

Contact is Syndy Harriott @ 780-955-3402 or email her at syndy.harriott@flaman.com

For hotel reservations, please contact the Fantasyland Hotel (780-444-3000 or 1-800-737-3783).  Ask for the Frank J. Flaman Foundation Dinner or Frank J. Flaman Foundation Gala.  The pricing is $175/night/room.  There is a room block set aside at this special price.  Their address is 17700 – 87 Ave NW.  Edmonton, AB.  T5T 4V4. 
 
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Why Frank Cares


Written By: Eric Anderson, Feb 08, 2016
Why does Frank Flaman want to make a difference in the world?  (By the way, Frank founded "Flaman.")  Frank has spent many years learning, reading and researching opportunities in the world and how he can help to end global suffering.  He has discovered two major things:
  1. The lack of unsafe water and sanitation are the world’s largest causes of illness.
  2. Food security is of utmost importance!  Lack of sustainable food sources leads to malnutrition and death in most parts of the world.
And, in the words of Mother Theresa, "If you can’t feed 100 people, then feed just one."

So, for over 30 years, Frank has personally funded and helped countless charities, both locally and around the globe.  In 2005, he formally established the Frank J. Flaman Foundation to expand these philanthropic efforts.  In the first two years alone, he brought aid to thousands worldwide and every year following the foundation continues to spread the generosity of Frank and other donors to those in need.
The Frank J. Flaman Foundation is funded by Frank’s share of the profits from the Flaman Group of Companies, as well as private donations from others. 

Frank funds the administration and overhead costs of the Foundation, so 100% of every dollar donated goes to a charity, event, or someone in need.  To date, over $10-million has been donated to various charities.



The number of organizations that have received support from the Foundation is includes both local and global charities. Frank believes that every one of us can make a difference and that a needy person is a needy person, whether they live just down the street or thousands of miles away.   The Foundation will focus more on the needs of children and families locally in 2016.



Charities supported by the foundation include: 
  • Crystal Kids (mentoring children and teens in the urban Edmonton area)
  • E4C Snack Program (offering school lunch programs in Edmonton inner-city schools)
  • Kid’s Kottage (promoting the health and wellbeing of children and their families and helping end child abuse and neglect)
  • Lurana Shelter (meeting the needs of women and children fleeing from domestic violence)
  • Mennonite Central Committee (the foundation assists MCC in their quest to ensure sustainable food sources, adequate housing, education and independent living),
  • Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity (serving the “poorest of the poor” with more than 500 missions in over 100 countries)
  • Operation Eye Sight (with Frank’s donations over 5,000 individuals in the developing world have had their eyesight restored)
  • Oxfam (tackling the root causes of poverty and inequity, and helping people to create self-reliant and sustainable communities)
  • Partners in Health (saving lives, revitalizing communities & transforming global health)
  • Pilgrims Hospices Lottery (Edmonton’s only free-standing voluntary Hospice)
  • Room to Read (transforming the lives of millions of children around the world by focusing on literacy and gender equality)
  • The Salvation Army (largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in Canada)
  • Effect Hope (healing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people affected by leprosy living in the poorest areas)
  • Water Ambassadors Canada (changing lives with clean water)
  • YESS - Youth Emergency Services Shelter (empowering youth from difficult realities)
  • WIN House (Edmonton Women’s Shelter Ltd)
  • ADF - Alberta Diabetes Foundation (Funding life changing diabetes research in Alberta)
  • Change for Children (the Foundation assists Change for Children in promoting action for systemic change and sustainable development.   It aims to support the poor in securing their own food sources, safe water and political autonomy.)  
  • Catholic Social Services (offering over 100 programs to all faiths and cultures in central and north east Alberta)

The Frank J. Flaman Foundation also takes volunteers, staff members from the Flaman Group of Companies, and others interested, on mission trips around the world including to Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.   You can see the trip photo albums here.  At these locations, teams work to build schools, medical facilities, and water infrastructure.



The Frank J. Flaman Foundation’s “Gala” is the annual main fundraiser for the Foundation.  During this elegant and fun evening, a silent auction takes place as well as dinner and dancing. But this event is not just about raising money, it’s also about showing attendees and supporters how their contributions are making a difference. Representatives from a number of charities are on hand to receive their donations from Frank himself. As well, charitable groups are showcased for everyone to learn about the great work that they do.

This year’s gala is March 18th at Edmonton’s Fantasyland Hotel; the theme is “The Roaring Twenties” - there will be prizes for best costumes and the evening is sure to be an extraordinary and unforgettable one.  The goal is to raise $80,000 at the Gala, with the funds, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars that the Frank J. Flaman Foundation gives each year, being pledged to various charities including the ones mentioned above.   Through these joint partnerships, the Foundation hopes to improve the quality of life for all in need and help to end world suffering. 

For ticket sales or more information, please contact Syndy at 780-955-3400 or see http://www.flaman.com/foundation/events/
 
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Frank Flaman Foundation 9th Annual Gala


Written By: Charlene Swanton, Store AdminApr 06, 2015
The Westin in Edmonton on March 27th was definitely the place to be.  Flaman employees, corporate sponsors and many loyal supporters filled the Ballroom to take part in the 9th Annual Frank Flaman Foundation Gala. 
 
A huge congratulations to all of those who worked so hard to make this gala such a huge success.  What the Frank Flaman Foundation does, not only locally, but world wide is truly amazing.  From donating to local schools and charities to building schools in third world countries to teaching men, women and children to live more fulfilled lives are just a few of the wonderful things this foundation does.  But none of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of the many people who give countless hours to this foundation and what it stands for.
 
The evening began with cocktails at 6, entertainment to get everyone into a Hawaiian state of mind and a chance for all attendees to look over and start bidding on some amazing items on the silent auction tables.   Dinner was served by Westin staff;  we heard comments from  some of those involved in making the evening such a huge success, and, of course, we were privileged enough to hear a few words from Frank himself.  He commended his foundation workers for all of their many hours dedicated to his dream and let it be known that his main purpose was to make more money -- so that he could give more money away!   In the past 10 years the Frank Flaman Foundation has donated over $10,000,000.
Danny Hooper was our emcee for the evening, making sure everyone had a great time and lots of laughs.  A slide show of Frank and his family following the years was one of the highlights of the evening.   As well as Emcee, Danny also played the part of auctioneer with everything from sporting event tickets to a trip to Hawaii up for auction. 
 
Lewis Lavoie, an artist renowned for painting and donating a large portion of time and artwork for charity, painted a gorgeous picture on site, which was also auctioned during the live auction.

Myself, as well as all that I have spoken with who attended, agree that it was an amazing evening and we can’t wait for next year’s event. 

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Reflecting Back on the April 2014 Frank Flaman Foundation Guatemala Humanitarian Trip


Written By: Flaman, ReceptionistJun 11, 2014

 This blog was written with input from Brian Rask, Dave Schultz, Wayne Sumners and Barney Bartley all from our Prince Albert, SK location.

 
 A wise woman once said, “We cannot all do great things, but we can all do small things with great love”. Reflecting back on the April 2014 Frank Flaman Foundation Guatemala Humanitarian trip, this quote may very well have been the theme of the entire trip.
 
We began our journey where most great stories start – sitting in an airport, anxiously awaiting our flight to be called for boarding. We embarked on the plane and soon found ourselves in Calgary where we met up with the rest of the Flaman volunteers hailing from locations across Saskatchewan and Alberta. (It is thought that “some” of us *ahem Prince Albert* may have been better looking than others… but I digress.) After some introductions courtesy of Kate and Crystal, the lot of us boarded the second leg of our trip, and after a brief pit stop in Texas, we were finally touching down on Guatemalan soil.
 
It was about 10:30pm when we landed in Guatemala City, and despite the long day of traveling, we wasted no time breezing through the airport and boarding a small tour bus that would take us to our first destination – Antigua. On the bus ride over, however, is where we experienced our first cultural shock. One of the passengers who’d been travelling with us has asked if we could stop for water. The driver denied the request, saying it was too dangerous to stop. Can you imagine that happening here in Canada?
 
It didn’t seem to take long until we were at our hotel. A big “Hats Off!” to the hotel staff who provided us with extremely polite service and were all too eager to help – they unloaded our bags and got us to our rooms in record time.
 
With our first night behind us, morning came early. We decided to take our first day to do some exploring of the area, get some money exchanged and do a bit of souvenir shopping for our wonderful and hard-working coworkers left in the grind back home. Later that afternoon, we met up back at the hotel to catch our bus to Lake Atitlan, where we would once again experience incredible hotel service and true Guatemalan spirit in the people so eager to make our stay warm and welcome.
 
The next morning was warm and pleasant and it was the perfect day to gear up in our work clothes and get down to the reason we were there! Now, some of us have been in the work force for nearly 40 years but on this day for the first time ever, we caught a boat to work - not the typical Saskatchewan experience! The captain was great and only took about 45 minutes to get us to our destination. On the boat, we passed fishermen in tiny canoe-like boats checking their fishnets. Further out, nestled between the water and the mountainside were small villages. It was a truly picturesque sight.
 
We docked the boat and walked a few blocks with fruit and veggie markets lining the street most of the way. All 16 of us then piled into the back of a 1976 Toyota pick up truck and drove to the job site. Reality really sunk in at this point… We had come to help dig trenches for footings and build the foundation of a new learning centre. We stepped off the truck and immediately started wondering where all the equipment was - the track hoe, the bobcat, the gravel truck… they had nothing! Instead, there were wheelbarrows and shovels and what was obviously a LOT of work ahead of us! There were about 8 old men and about 8 pretty ladies working away at this intensive labour which made for excellent motivation for us tough Canadian guys to work our best and hardest for these people who are clearly working so hard to help themselves. But when it came to hauling wheelbarrows around, nobody could keep up to Joe, the trucker. He poured his soul into his work, so much so, that when we finally made it to lunch time, every one of us at the table had an unspoken respect for the man to take the first plate the waitress brought out... A small courtesy can mean so much.
 
It only took a couple of days to start seeing the fruits of our labour. On-site progress was well underway under the spectacular leadership of Kate and Crystal, the Operations Managers. Lunches were prepared traditionally by a few ladies from the village, and the food was great, considering they had very little to work with.
 
One of the most heart warming moments was the day when Charlene gave her brightly coloured running shoes to a poor old wood cutter whose own shoes were several sizes too big and who would have to wear them on the wrong feet so they wouldn’t fall off.
Another moment was when we went to a home and helped build a stove that will now benefit 3 or 4 families in the area. Most of the homes here have no stove, or if they do, it lacks a chimney to vent out the smoke and fumes. These people then resort to having to light a fire on the dirt floor of their home, which leads to respiratory problems in infants and children, and in some cases even resulting in death. The gratitude for the simplest thing that we as Canadians take for granted every single day was simply amazing.
One can never know how appreciative these people are of so little until you have been there and have seen it for yourself. After our experience, it really helped each of us see the difference between our wants and our needs. Our new Guatemalan friends showed us what true gratitude and happiness is, and in many ways, they gave us so much more than we gave them. Maybe the small things we do with great love aren’t really such small things after all.
 
We would like to extend our thanks to all of you that we met on our incredible journey. We could not have experienced this with a better group of people, and we miss you all. We would also like to thank Frank and his family for one of the greatest experiences of our lives. It will be etched in our minds forever.
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The 8th Annual Frank Flaman Foundation Gala: A Night of Glitz, Glamor and the Flaman Man!


Written By: Flaman, Marketing CoordinatorMar 31, 2014
This year, I had the opportunity to attend the 8th Annual Frank Flaman Foundation Gala and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was a very glamorous event with lots of fancy outfits, really cool and unique prizes to bid on and even a Flaman Man ice sculpture! I myself “won” a lamp in the silent auction and I certainly had my eye on a couple other prizes as well.
 
When I was there, I could just feel the generosity in the air. People were well aware of the impact that the Frank Flaman Foundation has made in the lives of so many people all around the world. They knew what kind of man Frank is and all of the hard work that he has put in over the years to make every penny donated count. There were many different fun ways of donating money including the silent auction, the live auction and raffle tickets. Danny Hooper was the emcee for the evening and he sure kept the evening flowing smoothly.
 
As well as being able to attend the Gala, I also had the chance to help out with set up. For me, it’s always interesting and eye opening to see how much time and effort goes into putting on an event such as this one. Syndy Harriot and Dana Dutton put in an exorbitant amount of work into buying prizes, setting up the seating chart, designing and assembling centerpieces and so much more! I tip my hat to you ladies and all your hard work.
 

I really did enjoy myself that evening. I even managed to drag my boyfriend out on the dance floor for a couple of songs. The energy in the room was lively and happy. Flaman Man himself even made an appearance and I got the chance to get my picture taken with him! Dream come true as a Flaman employee! The Gala was once again a fantastic success! I am looking forward to attending next year’s. 

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Flaman Serves Up Some Hot Lunch


Written By: Flaman, Marketing CoordinatorJan 15, 2014
Flaman's Erin Mitchell Volunteers at E4C School Lunch Program
 
Volunteering often means that you do something without expecting or receiving payment or compensation. Having done a fair bit of volunteering in my life, I believe that this is a false definition of the word. Every time I volunteer, I seem to gain something from the experience, and this time was no exception.
 
Recently, Flaman employees worked with E4Cs School Lunch Program and helped serve hot lunches to students in inner city schools. I was fortunate enough to get to participate in this, and the feelings of humbleness and pride in what we were helping with was overwhelming. After having gone through school every day as a child with food in my stomach, it was sad to see the faces of children who might just be eating for the first time that day.
 
My partner Braden and I arrived at the school and helped the staff prepare and serve the meals to the students. That day, the kids each received a scoop of a noodle/chicken dish, some orange slices and a container of milk. I can only speak from my own experience, but I loved talking to the children and seeing them smile. Many of them were quick to ask me who I was, what my nose ring was and why I was wearing a hair net.
 
According to the staff members of the program, the cost to feed a child in the School Lunch Program is $80/month, but they only ask parents to pay $30 (which most parents can’t afford).
 

The Frank Flaman Foundation contributes funds to this and many other charities locally, and around the world. As an employee, it’s great to see the change that our donations can make within the community. I got to sit and eat with the grade one students and the smiles on their faces put things into perspective for me. It makes me proud to work for a company that contributes to worthwhile causes. 

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