Canadian Picker Gets his Plaid on to support Kids with Down Syndrome

Top Quote International TV personality Sheldon Smithens is getting his plaid on as celebrity emcee for the Fourth Annual Robbie Burnstein Dinner and FUNdraiser on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Calgary's Beth Tzedec Congregation. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) December 01, 2014 - The well-respected local antiques expert, dealer and auctioneer has achieved national and international fame as co-host of Canadian Pickers, aired as Cash Cowboys in Australia, Europe and Japan.

    Well known for his support of local charities, Smithens will be conducting a special Burnstein live auction featuring fabulous items including a luxury auto lease, vacation getaways and a beautiful Swiss time piece. All proceeds support community education and outreach by Beth Tzedec and the Woodridge PREP Centre, a Calgary-based program that advocates for and supports youth with Down Syndrome.

    Emceed this year by media and entertainment celebrity Dave Kelly, the Burnstein Dinner - a Scottish event with a uniquely Jewish twist - honours the memory and poetry of the "Scottish Bard", Robert Burns (1759 - 1796). Other highlights include a Highlands-inspired, kosher gourmet dinner catered by the Palliser Hotel, fine spirits, hilarious toasts, and performances by the Calgary Police Service Pipe Band, the Calgary Burns Club Singers, and the Bow Valley Fiddlers.

    Calgary entrepreneur and philanthropist Sam Switzer and his clan are once again the lead family sponsors, joined by lead corporate sponsor ATB Financial and a growing list of private and corporate sponsors. Honourary Dinner Co-Chair is Gerry Wood, President of Wood Automotive Group, and long-time supporter of the Woodridge PREP Centre.

    "We are excited to be wearing kilts for kids and joining the Woodridge PREP Centre in support of youth with Down Syndrome and their families," said Burnstein originator and Chair Leonard Seidman.

    The Fourth Annual Robbie Burnstein Dinner takes place Thursday February 5, 2015 at Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 1325 Glenmore Trail SW. Please go to for full details. Media welcome.

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