AU and the Rhodes dinner

September 12, 2023

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sault Business Matters has received the following media release relative to Algoma University’s annual John Rhodes Scholarship Dinner.

Algoma University’s annual John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner and Art Auction is set for Oct. 12 and will feature The Amazing Race’s Season 7 winners The Amazing Two Spirit Couple. 

The John R. Rhodes Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship offered at Algoma University and is awarded to a high school entrance graduate who embodies integrity, leadership, and commitment to community service. This year’s Marquis event will be held at The Machine Shop in Sault Ste. Marie, and will honour the late Brent Lewis, a local business leader, Rotarian and Algoma U Alumni who made profound contributions to the community.

This year, Algoma University is thrilled to announce that the Amazing Two Spirit Couple, Anthony Johnson and Dr. James Makokis will be Emceeing the event, sponsored by ApplyBoard. The pair shattered stereotypes as the first-ever Two-Spirit team on the Amazing Race Canada. Their inspiring journey brought critical issues of gender, sexuality, and First Nations experiences to the national spotlight. Demonstrating tenacity, resilience and indomitable spirit, they triumphed in Season 7, setting a ground-breaking precedent for diverse representation in popular media.

What:      21st Annual John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner and Art Auction

Where:    The Machine Shop, 83 Huron St., Sault Ste. Marie, ON

When:      Oct. 12, 2023


  • Live Viewing of the Art Auction starts at 5 p.m.
  • Cocktail Reception at 5:30  p.m. 
  • Dinner at 7 p.m.
  • After-dinner social to follow (open to media)

More information about the John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner and Art Auction honouring  Brent Lewis can be foundhere.  Throughout its long history, this event has celebrated and honoured community-minded individuals who dedicate their lives to building strong communities and enriching the lives of others. 

Those interested in sponsoring this year’s gala can contact Logan Costa, Senior Development Officer, at 705-949-2301 ext. 4240 or [email protected]. Those who wish to donate to the John R. Rhodes Scholarship Fund in Brent Lewis’s honour can do so online.