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Sports hall takes advantage of reduced traffic for big reno

Posted on: October 25th, 2020.

Orgininally published in https://tj.news/

Sports Reno
New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame executive director Jamie Wolverton watches a video clip of Canadian soccer great Christine Sinclair on the 12 foot by 7 foot screen in the new 50-seat Alden R. Clark Theatre inside the hall and museum in downtown Fredericton. Photo: Bruce Hallihan/The Daily Gleaner

If you haven’t been to the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame lately, you’re in for a big surprise.

Although the hall and museum in-downtown Fredericton has lost “about 90 per cent” of foot traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic, executive director Jamie Wolverton says the downtime has been beneficial in another way.

The Building Inspiration legacy project, set up to coincide with the sports shrine’s 50th anniversary, is now complete.

“It’s fabulous to see it finished,” Wolverton said.

The centrepiece of the improvements is a SO-seat theatre and presentation space on the third floor to facilitate video screenings, seminars, presentations and special events.

“We’ve already got an event booked for the end of the month,” Wolverton said. “We’ll still have to have physical distancing in place, but it’s great to see things start to open up a bit. We’re anxious to start leveraging the space when we get back to whatever the new normal is.”

The Alden R. Clark Theatre, named after a hall of fame member, has nine TV screens mounted on the wall. Together, they can form one large, 12 foot by 7 foot screen.

“For the last piece of our fundraising campaign, we developed a seat sponsorship,” Wolverton said. “We reached out to honoured members and supporters and asked them to contribute $500 to sponsor one of the remaining 40 seats that weren’t spoken for.”

The J. T Clark Family Foundation matched each donation.

“So essentially they turned that into $1,000 per seat,” he said, “and we were able to raise an additional $40,000.”

The hallway next to the theatre has framed portraits of 18 of the 250 enshrined members.

The second floor features a ‘New Brunswick’s First” wall, with bilingual plaques recognizing achievements, and a display case nearby with artifacts of some men and women who are part of the ‘firsts’ accomplishments.

“Records change all the time, but the very first person to achieve something can’t be outdone,” Wolverton said.

A large display for the newest members of the sports hall has been moved to the main floor, next to the entrance.

The sports hall’s website has added a 3D virtual tour, “so you can feel like you’re walking through the building from home,” Wolverton said. “You can zoom in and read the writing on all the plaques, or zoom back out and see the layout like a dollhouse.”

By next summer, Wolverton hopes to “redo the virtual sports system, so we’ll have cutting-edge technology to keep the virtual sports enthusiasts even more engaged when they’re here.”

The 2020 hall of fame induction ceremony was postponed until 2021. It will be held April 24 at the Fredericton Convention Centre.

The latest inductees will be armwrestler Joyce King of Lower Hainesville, Miramichi basketball player and coach Pauline Lordon, UNB men’s hockey coach Gardiner MacDougall of New Maryland, golfer Kathy Meagher of Fredericton, paranordic skier and Shippagan native Louis Fortin and the Fredericton-based Wayne Tallon curling rink.


John T. Clark’s $800,000 Gift Expands the Power of Music

Posted on: October 16th, 2020.

Acadia UniversitySometimes a gift carries with it more than sixty years of love and music.

Such a gift is the new Wilma H. Clark Award(s), to be granted to Bachelor of Music Therapy students, thanks to the generosity of John T. Clark (’52 and DCL ’10) and his family via the J.T. Clark Family Foundation.

The story of the award began on the Labour Day weekend of 1953. Twenty-two-year-old John Clark was attending an end-of-season variety show put on by the summer staff of the Algonquin Hotel in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. On stage was an attractive young woman with a beautiful alto singing voice. John grabbed his friend Gordon Dimock (’53), who was also on staff, and said, “Gordon, you have to introduce me to that person!” The attractive young woman was Wilma Hilton. The following summer, John and Wilma were married.

Read the full story on the Acadia University site.


Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation: Future Impact Report

Posted on: June 19th, 2020.

Presented to J. T. Clark Family Foundation, June 2020

“The J.T. Clark Family Foundation and J.T. Clark Family Cardiac Endowment has brought improved care with advanced postdoctoral research at the New Brunswick Heart Centre since the wonderful donation in 2013. Research brings top-notch doctors to our province, and top-notch technology.”

FutureImpactReport_JTClarkFamilyFoundation


Student Hunger Program

Posted on: April 16th, 2020.

We are so excited to announce that The J. T. Clark Family Foundation has answered the call in our time of need and has pledged $24,000 for our Student Hunger Program! This means that we will be able to feed hundreds of hungry students and families affected by COVID-19 and the school closures on a weekly basis! Thank you to the J.T. Clark Family Foundation for your incredible support and for helping us fulfill our mandate of feeding Fredericton’s hungry. The J.T. Clark Family Foundation would also like to encourage the Fredericton Community to join in the fight to feed hungry students and families in the coming months by making a donation.

If you would like to learn more about our efforts or donate today, please follow this link : www.frederictoncommunitykitchens.com/covid19

 

Fredericton Community Kitchens - Facebook Post


Fredericton Area Students Break Fundraising Record in Support of Cancer Research

Posted on: April 15th, 2020.

In the Fall of 2019, twenty-three schools in Fredericton worked together to pursue Terry Fox’s dream of a world without cancer. Each of the schools registered to take part in the annual Terry Fox School Run and, thanks to the JT Clark Family Foundation, were given a special opportunity to double their impact on the condition that they share an ambitious goal. The challenge was simple – if the schools raised a collective total of $17,500, the Clark Foundation would match with $17,500. This goal was a significant increase in funds raised by the same schools in the previous year, but also represented one of Terry Fox’s defining traits – setting big goals and working hard to achieve them.

With the help of the Fredericton community, these 10,000 students, aged 3-18, achieved this ambitious goal and, including the challenge funds from The JT Clark Family Foundation, raised $40,180!!

These funds will enable The Terry Fox Foundation to fund life-changing cancer research, including the M4 (Multiple Myeloma Molecular Monitoring) Study lead by Dr. Tony Reiman at the University of New Brunswick.

For more information, please visit www.terryfox.org

Terry Fox - Fredericton Students


John T. Clark Named 2020 Philanthropy In Action Award Recipient

Posted on: February 5th, 2020.

John T. ClarkMr. Clark will receive his award at a gala dinner celebration on May 21st, 2020 at our new location, the Richard J. Currie Center on the University of New Brunswick campus.

The Philanthropy in Action Award honours members of the greater Fredericton region who have given of their time, talent and financial resources for the well-being of the community and surrounding areas. John T. Clark has been a long-standing and humble contributor to worthy causes in our community.

“This year, for our 11th anniversary of the Philanthropy in Action Award, we are celebrating an individual who has contributed greatly and had a significant impact in our community,” said Kate Rogers, Executive Director of the Fredericton Community Foundation. “The recipient has specifically supported causes related to health, education, community, and the environment, and we are happy to recognize the importance of his work with causes in our city.”

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St. Stephen Middle School “Adopt-A Chair” Challenge Campaign – 2020

Posted on: February 5th, 2020.

SSMS courier Jan 2020 - Adopt A Chair


St. Andrews Arts Council

Posted on: February 5th, 2020.

SA Arts Council 2020 Thank You Letter


The New Brunswick Medical Education Foundation Inc. Scholarships and Bursaries

Posted on: September 4th, 2019.

Congratulations to The New Brunswick Medical Education Foundation Inc. 2019 Scholarship/Bursary Recipients

The New Brunswick Medical Education Foundation Inc.


Goal Reached in SSMS Adopt a Chair Fundraising Event

Posted on: August 5th, 2019.

Students and staff at St. Stephen Middle School (SSMS) have reached their goal and by this fall their auditorium will be filled with brand new seats that have been purchased by various service groups, members of the community, and the J. T. Clark Family Foundation.

SSMS Goal Reached


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