Inspired by her Parents, Kelly Scott-Gray is the Driving Force Behind the Silver Bell Soiree
Philanthropy is a family tradition for Kelly Scott-Gray. Her parents, Guy and Dr. Shelley Scott, have long been dedicated supporters of the University Hospital Foundation, and Scott-Gray is just as passionate about giving back.
Now, the 32-year-old is looking for ways to spread her love of giving to the next generation of supporters, for whom even the word “philanthropy” might conjure up images of fundraising galas in evening gowns and tuxedoes. And she’s already meeting with success as co-chair of the Silver Bell Soiree, along with Laura Kinghorn-Smythe, the other co-chair. The inaugural event at last year’s Festival of Trees attracted 375 guests, raised over $60,000 for the University Hospital Foundation and won Outstanding Event in the fundraising event category at the Edmonton Event Awards with a hip and fun cocktail party that any 25- to 45-year-old could enjoy.
The catchment area for the University of Alberta Hospital’s lung-transplant program is huge, covering the better part of four provinces and three territories — a total of approximately six million square kilometres. That’s one-third the size of Russia. Patients from as far away as Winnipeg, Regina, Yellowknife and Prince George are all eligible to be treated at the hospital. And organ donors can come from anywhere in the area as well.