Supporting Student Scholarships since 2002

The Faculty of Fine Arts’ annual student scholarship fundraiser would have hosted the 20th event in 2021, a momentous milestone befitting a grand celebration in true Abbondànza style.

While pandemic regulations prevent the in-person celebration, we didn’t want to miss the chance to highlight this significant anniversary and the phenomenal impact it has had on fine arts students. Thank you for joining in this virtual celebration, as we look backwards, and forwards, at 20 years of supporting the fine arts. Kicking off the celebration in the traditional way, enjoy Devin Law, Franz Faeldo and Tanner Lapointe, accompanied by Gregory Knight on piano, performing “Abbondànza” from The Most Happy Fella by Frank Loesser.



Abbondànza Chefs Trio - 20 year celebration!


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$1,754,753 in Endowment Funds

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That's eighty-seven sponsors

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155 Scholarships Awarded

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19 Fundraising Events

Let's hear what our students have to say...

For 20 years, generous sponsors and supporters of the arts have come together for an evening of entertainment, Italian food, and fine art, all to support the passions and dreams of students studying art, drama, music and new media at the University of Lethbridge. Your support changes lives. Hear from just a few of the 155 students that have received Abbondànza scholarships.


2018 Abbondanza recipient | Kylie Fineday

2020 Abbondanza recipient | Pablo Elizo Gomez

2020 Abbondànza recipient | Anna Nikolova

2020 Abbondanza recipient | Jordyn Nixon



 We have gathered 20 years of photos to celebrate! View Photo Gallery
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Looking backwards, and forwards, at 20 years of supporting the fine arts

Conga lines and sing-alongs, chefs and serenades, performances, pottery, prints and more. Join the University of Lethbridge as it dances down memory lane, celebrating 20 years of Abbondànza!

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Tony Rose and Rocco Suriano

Impact begins with an idea

In 2002, Tony Rose and Rocco Suriano had an idea. 20 years later, that idea has developed into a $1.6 million endowment, offering the largest Fine Arts scholarships available at the University of Lethbridge.

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Abbondànza endowment provides record number of scholarships

Thanks to 20 years of community support, the University of Lethbridge is excited to announce an astounding 30 scholarships were awarded from the Abbondànza Fine Arts Scholarship Endowment in the 2020/2021 academic year. 

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Abbondànza | 20 Years of Support

1st Choice Saving and Credit Union
Advance Glass and Aluminum
Alexander Whitehead Executive Search
Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge
Andreachuk Popovitch, Barristers, Solicitors & Mediators
Andrew Hilton Wine & Spirits
Andy & Linda Hakin
Avail CPA
Avonlea Master Builder (Avonlea Group)
Behrends Bronze
Bernard Callebaut Chocolates
Bill & Elsa Cade
Brad & Trudy Hembroff
Brian & Jenni Parkinson
Bridge City Chrysler Dodge Jeep
Canadian Linen & Uniform Service
Art & Mary Jane Crooks
The Estate of Carl Granzow
Charlton & Hill Ltd.
Cheryl Arelis & David Carpenter
Chez & Elizabeth Skinner
Kristin Ailsby & Jason Shriner
Coco Pazzo Italian Café
David Clearwater
dB Pro Audio Ltd
Dennis & Kate Connolly
Dennis Neufeldt & Helen Henderson

Desmond & Jane Rochfort
Dr. & Mrs. Howe Leam
Dr. Harry & Irene Penner
Dr. Van Christou
Ed & Katherine Wasiak
Ed Jurkowski & Colleen Bakker
Enercon Water Treatment
Erasmus Okine & Christine Murray
Express Coffee
Fee Simple Law LLP
FWBA Architects
Flexahopper Plastics Ltd.
Foster & Sons Jewellers
Frank & Tracy Zappone
Gold and Gold Productions
Gord & Elizabeth Jong
Greg Farries & Henry Doeve
Harold's Auto Service
Haul-All Equipment
High Level Roofing Ltd
Hirano & Heaton Architects
Howard and Sharon Tennant
Hunt Insurance
Intrigue Lingerie Boutique
Jason Sentes & Joanne Metzger, Credential Financial Inc.
Jim & Barb Cunningham
Kate Langston
Kelly Philipp & Karen Robertson
Kristine & Herb Wall

Kurt Schlachter & Jason VandenHoek
LA Gallery
Leeb Sherwin Financial Services
Lethbridge Herald
Lethbridge Vehicle Licensing & Registry
Lorna Peacock, Sutton Group
Mary Ingraham & David Owen
Mary Kavanagh
Meyers Norris Penny
Mike and Maureen Mahon
Minda Rogerson & Sheila Torgunrud
Glenn & Janice Varzari
Nicholas Wade & Carol Beatty
Olive A. Green
Paramount Development Group
Phyllis Singer
Pinetree Supply Ltd
Ralph and Catherine Thrall Jr.
Rod & Martha Draffin
Servus Credit Union
Shelly Scott & Bill Tice
Stringam LLP
Tom & Deb Ackerman
Torry Lewis Abbels
Urban Insight Development Group
Val and Flora Matteotti - Matteotti Ranches Ltd.
Vista Radio (CJOC 94.1 Juice; 98.1 2Day FM)
Wavetech Sound and Lighting
Yamaha Canada Music Ltd & St. John's Music Ltd.