WINNIPEG, MB – Family is everything.
The Rady JCC is thrilled to announce longtime community volunteers and philanthropists Lana and Gregg Maidment as its 2024 Honourees for the 50th Annual Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner, taking place Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at the RBC Convention Centre.
Lana and Gregg will be profiled and recognized alongside this year’s keynote speaker, who will be announced in the coming weeks. An anticipated crowd of over 1,400 business and community leaders are expected to attend the flagship fundraiser.
“This is a milestone year for us,” said Al Greenberg, Sports Dinner Committee Chair. “Lana and Gregg are the perfect fit for this celebration and we are so happy they are humbly allowing us to do them this honour.”
Lana is the President and CEO of Komana Financial Inc. She has been the heart of this family-created and run business for over 30 years. This business was started by her father, Mike Kogan, and taken over by her over five years ago. She has been integral to the financial planning of so many, ensuring their legacies are passed on to their families throughout the generations.
Lana’s family have been a driving force at the Rady JCC. Lana herself taught fitness here over 35 years ago while her parents were members going back to the Hargrave location ever since they immigrated to Canada over 48 years ago. The Kogan family was a consistent presence at both locations. Adel and Mike had ‘their table’ at Shmoozer’s for as long as it existed. The Rady was an integral part of the Kogan family life in both health and business.
“Lana’s roots run deep at the Rady,” continued Greenberg. “Her ongoing commitment to this place that is so special to so many people is truly inspiring.”
Gregg is the Sr. VP of Business Development with ADESA/OPENLANE for more than 36 years. He is a leader in both business and in corporate citizenship. Gregg has been involved in raising money for over 50 charities and raising millions of dollars for their worthy causes.
Together, Lana and Gregg have built an incredible legacy for their family, structured on the principles of love, hard work, and philanthropy. They, together with their six children and their partners, and their grandchildren, have built a Manitoba footprint that will last forever. Madison, Max, Olivia, Kennedy, Cassidy, Chris, Leah, William, Taylor, Amira, and Isabella have an amazing example of supporting local and giving back to their community to be a part of their lifetime.
Some of the charities that Lana and Gregg have worked with include the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Ducks Unlimited, Seven Oaks Hospital, Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation, Variety Club Charities, Bruce Oake Foundation, Sons and Daughters of Italy, Pam Am Clinic Foundation, just to name a few. Regardless of how busy their professional lives are, Lana and Gregg will never say no to supporting a Manitoba or international cause that can help others.
Lana has been heavily involved in the Rady JCC Sports Dinner for years as a Committee Member, leading the way to secure countless strategic sponsorships, prizes, and donations. Gregg’s incredible work over the years professionally running our live auction at the dinner has allowed us to raise millions of dollars. Their direct impact on the Rady is immeasurable. The Rady has been able to touch the lives of thousands of people because of their selflessness.
“If you’ve ever been to our dinner, then you know Gregg’s voice and know firsthand what he does for us,” said Greenberg. “The way he and his team have elevated our live auction over the years has been life changing for so many.”
The Rady JCC is close to the hearts of the Kogan/Narvey/Maidment family. Their family, as well as the entire community, were deeply saddened when the pillars of their family passed away; Mike in 2019 and Adel recently at the end of 2023.
Adel and Mike would be so proud of Lana for being honoured by the Rady, their home away from home that gave them an outlet as a new immigrant family and later became the heart of their lifestyle as senior adults in the Jewish community.
The entire Maidment family wishes their parents were here to witness this honour; they would have been the first people to raise a glass, raise a paddle and be so proud of what their daughter Lana and son-in-law Gregg have accomplished in life and community.
“These dinners are always magical,” concluded Greenberg. “And through sharing Lana and Gregg’s story and honouring their entire family this year, we are in for something even bigger than we’ve ever seen before.”
Tickets and sponsorships for the 50th Annual Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner will be available in mid-February. If you wish to come out and help celebrate Lana and Gregg, be sure to secure your seats early as this event is guaranteed to sell out.
Creating Impact Through the Sports Dinner
Every single dollar from the Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner directly supports the Rady JCC, a not-for-profit community agency providing recreational, cultural, and fitness programs for all age groups to meet the diverse needs of the community-at-large. The Rady is non-religious and non-denominational and is open to all.
Through its programs and camps, the Rady reaches thousands of children a year, helping them to stay active and develop leadership skills. The Rady provides programming for children with disabilities, as well as programming that promote the wellbeing of people living with chronic illnesses or recovering from cancer.
For all Sports Dinner inquiries, please contact:
Director of Development, Partnerships and Communications