Grand Gala 2022:
Honouring Deb Harvey

GRAND GOODBYE: Letters to Deb Harvey

After 22 years as Executive Director, Deb Harvey is preparing to say goodbye to the Grand Theatre. In her time at the Grand, Deb has had a tremendous impact. She has built incredible, life-lasting connections and friendships with so many. 

How do you recognize someone who has done so much and devoted her life to the Grand and to London? Never one to seek the limelight, we asked Deb what she would like as a parting gift. This is what she said:

"Two things. First, I'd love to hear from everyone - stories, memories, pictures, thoughts. And secondly, I'd like to ask folks to make a donation to support the future of the theatre. Both of these would mean more to me than any other gift."

To thank Deb with a donation in support of the future of the Grand, please use this link and choose COVID Recovery Fund as your targeted gift.


We are asking that if you have a special memory of Deb to share or want to send her a note, please write your cards and letters by August 19th and drop them in the marked box located at our Box Office (471 Richmond St, open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) OR mail them to:

Grand Theatre
attn: Grand Goodbye to Deb
471 Richmond St
London ON N6A 3E4

Thank you!  ... and thank you Deb!

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2022 Grand Gala
A Grand Goodbye: Honouring Deb Harvey’s 22 Years as Executive Director

Thursday, June 23, 2022
Doors Open 5:30PM

On June 23, 2022, the 46th Annual Grand Gala presented by Sterling Marking Products will take place at the Grand Theatre. Our guest of honour this year is Deb Harvey. After 22 years of exceptional leadership at the Grand, Deb will be stepping down as Executive Director of the theatre on June 30.

The 2022 Grand Gala event will include a cocktail hour, silent auction, and live auction event followed by the Make a Difference Appeal in support of the Grand’s Youth Programming. 230 guests will have dinner on the Spriet Stage catered by North Moore Catering and the evening will feature performances from special guests including alumnae and students of the Grand Theatre’s High School Project and Rick Miller, who will perform his show Boom X during the Grand’s 2022-23 Season.

Deb has been the Grand’s anchor. She has worked alongside eleven Board Presidents, three Artistic Directors, and six mayors!  Deb will be remembered for her unwavering support of the hundreds of guest artists and talented staff she worked with over her tenure and how she rarely missed a volunteer circle meeting and the opportunity to greet patrons in person in the lobbies before performances.

Deb is a champion of the Grand’s many youth programs like the High School Project, 100 Schools and Holiday Wish for Kids.

Deb was recognized for these and other contributions in 2019 with a YMCA Women of Excellence Award.

Most recently, Deb has led the Grand’s $9M RENO2020 project, successfully spearheading public and private partnerships to ensure a safe, new, welcoming space for our artists, patrons, staff and volunteers.


Can’t make the Gala? You can honour Deb by making a donation to say THANK YOU!



For more information, please contact Grace Day-Hodson, Fund Raising Manager at gdayhodson [at] grandtheatre [dot] com or 519-672-9030 ext. 245.

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