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The Shaw Festival remembers best friend and supporter Walter Carsen

Media Release #27

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, October 10, 2012… The Shaw Festival has lost a dear friend in Walter Carsen. He will always be remembered here as a man who truly loved the arts and artists.

A visionary philanthropist, Walter Carsen was a true original and The Shaw was one of many cultural institutions to benefit from his generosity. His passionate commitment to the Shaw Festival helped to build a lasting legacy. But it was not his way simply to write a cheque — he engaged deeply to understand what an organization needed most, and worked with them to achieve it. Always, his gifts were thoughtfully directed to respond to urgent needs.

Walter Carsen was a close friend of the Shaw Festival’s founder Brian Doherty and his renovation of the Royal George Theatre stands as a tribute to his late friend. In the 1990s, Walter helped us build a much-needed training, research and creative development centre. To this day, he has provided yellow roses to decorate the lobby of the Royal George during performances – a typical gesture of grace and beauty from one of The Shaw’s best friends.

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Please visit our website at www.shawfest.com/news  for other Shaw Festival media releases. For additional information or to gain access to The Shaw’s image gallery, please contact:

Odette Yazbeck 
Public Relations Director 
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2222
odette@shawfest.com     

Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2224
janand@shawfest.com

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