#OMGP with Brett Wilson

Tiffany Burns with Brett WilsonWhen uber-philanthropist and former Dragon Brett Wilson throws a party, it’s big. 1200 guests big. The dress code called for colorful, so I went with Betsey Johnson. Brett channeled Garden Gnome.

Tent at Brett Wilson's garden partyThis year, Brett’s soiree had a hashtag instead of a title:  #OMGP, which officially stood for Oh My Garden Party, but Tweeters not in the know got into a social media lather over potential inspirations for the acronym . A favorite annual event amongst Calgary’s social set, the Mount Royal garden party happens rain or shine — under a massive, 40×80 foot tent that works for any weather. Elaine Duncan and John ScottStunt rider and provider of many an animal for the film industry, John Scott is pictured alongside the lovely Elaine Duncan of The Eagle 100.9 FM. Nice to see the man who taught Brad Pitt how to ride taking time out for a little R&R. Which could be a cool brand — on a horse, not an advertising campaign. Not for John’s horses though. His steeds in today’s Stampede parade were working, not relaxing.Makenzie Martinson and Brian HansonAs is appropriate for the city currently hosting the richest rodeo on earth, #OMGP was chock full of cowboys. Brian Hanson, Vice President of Smithbilt Hats, attended with Makenzie Martinson, Seismic Technologist.Corb Lund, David GrayCountry crooner Corb Lund rounded out the cowboy lineup. Stalking the stage, David Gray of CBC’s The Eyeopener told me, “I’m a major Corb Lund fan!”Brett Wilson #OMGPWhen Brett Wilson talks, people listen. Especially when it’s about his charities of choice, supporting adolescent mental health. Guests were asked to pony up (cash or cheque at the door!) for CMHA Calgary, the Juno Foundation, the Calgary Counselling Centre and Wood’s Homes/Aboriginal Youth.Richard Cote and Gordon RossIn another section of the gargantuan garden, anyone who didn’t heed Brett’s speech over the speakers shushed instantly at the sound of realtor extraordinaire Gordon Ross’ whistle (old school, with classic finger-in-mouth technique). Seen here in the sharp blue blazer with partner Richard Cote (left).Gnome at #OMGPQuirky accents abounded…Don Cherry impersonator… including Don Cherry impersonator, Clark Robertson, with Chantelle Harris. Blurry photos courtesy of my memory-full iPhone 5.#OMGPAfter raising four hundred thousand (and still counting) for deserving charities, revelers two-stepped into the wee hours. Oh My! Great Party! Blue Besos

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  1. Dear Mr. Wilson,

    You were always my favorite (kind) “Dragon”. Query: do you invite people who are just average? I was once a polo groom, and I recognise many of these gorgeous ( wealthy) people. I know Gordon and Richard, and they are wonderful men, but this event does seem elitist. Any gatherings for humble people like polo grooms, service workers, and their ilk? I suspect not, and understand why. However, having worked in the polo world, the rich aren’t necessarily givers; I’ve noticed they like to be looking lovely in a picture, and be pictured with the lovely. Still, congratulations on being a humanitarian. Not sure about John Scott, but there you go! Everyone wants to be a celebrity, and I’m not sure I like seeing this blatant elitism.

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