Friends of Austria Ottawa ()
1391 Cavendish Road,
Ottawa ON  K1H 6B8
Tel: (613) 521-3603

Executive

Office Incumbent
President Roland K. Pirker
Vice-President Elisabeth (Elis) Strobl
Treasurer Heidi Temelie
Treasurer Silvia Tobien
Director Hans Wyslouzil
Director Fred Eder
Webmaster Jim Burgess
Report for March 2022 Show details...

Thanks to the financial support from the Capital Gaming and Entertainment Centre, the FoAO were able to support the seniors group in the Austrian Society Ottawa.

Roland Pirker
President
Friends of Austria Ottawa

Report for February 2022 Show details...

Thanks to the financial support from the Capital Gaming and Entertainment Centre, the FoAO were able to support the Canadian Red Cross.

Roland Pirker
President
Friends of Austria Ottawa

Report for January 2022 Show details...

Because of the rapid spread of the new omnicron mutation, the FoAO volunteers have been instructed not to appear at the Bingo Hall until further notice.

The Capital Gaming and Entertainment Centre continues to run their daily Bingo sessions but under tight Covid rules.

Thanks to the financial support from the Capital Gaming and Entertainment Centre, the FoAO were able to support the Austrians Society Ottawa as they celebrated “St. Nikolaus and Krampus.”

Roland Pirker
President
Friends of Austria Ottawa

Report for December 2021 Show details...

With the financial support of the Capital Gaming and Entertainment Centre, the Friends of Austria Ottawa were able to make a contribution to the Maycourt Hospice in Ottawa

Roland Pirker
President
Friends of Austria Ottawa

Report for November 2021 Show details...

With the lifting of capacity restrictions on the Capital Gaming and Entertainment Centre imposed by the provincial government as part of its measures to fight Covid-19, the Centre is now permitted to accommodate 266 people for Vegas-style machines and bingo.

Thanks to the financial support from the Capital Gaming and Entertainment Centre, the Friends of Austria Ottawa were are able to provide a sit-down luncheon for members of the Austrian Society Ottawa.

Roland Pirker
President
Friends of Austria Ottawa

Report for October 2021 Show details...

On 31 October, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the Overbrook Bingo Palace will be holding a special costume party to celebrate Halloween. Get all the details here. Come and enjoy the fun!

On 23 October the Austrian Society held its first meeting since the beginning of the pandemic. Since the members are now all old, with many in wheel chairs or requiring a walker, the meeting was held at Biagio’s Restaurant, which is handicapped-accessible. Thanks to the financial support provided by the Capital Gaming and Entertainment Centre, the Friends of Austria were able to provide a free luncheon for the 50 members who were able to attend.

Roland Pirker
President
Friends of Austria Ottawa

Report for September 2021 Show details...

With the financial support of the Capital Gaming and Entertainment Centre we, the Friends of Austria Ottawa, were able to make a contribution to the Salvation Army

Roland Pirker
President
Friends of Austria Ottawa

Report for August 2012 Show details...

In August, the Friends of Austria Ottawa were proud to support the Ottawa Food Bank. We are grateful to the Capital Gaming and Entertainment Centre for making this possible.

Roland Pirker
President
Friends of Austria Ottawa

Report for July 2021 Show details...

Overbrook Bingo / Capital Gaming Centre posting

In July, the Friends of Austria were pleased to provide support to the seniors in the Austrian Society Ottawa! After not having an event after 18 months, the Austrian Society is looking very much forward to have their first social get-together in the near future. The members are grateful to the Capital Gaming and Entertainment Centre for its financial assistance.

Roland Pirker
President
Friends of Austria Ottawa

Report for June 2021 Show details...

Because of the pandemic, the Overbrook Bingo Palace has been closed. This is a major source of income for the charitable work of the Friends of Austria Ottawa. Nevertheless, we are proud that we have been able to continue to provide financial support to the Shepherds of Good Hope.

Roland Pirker
President
Friends of Austria Ottawa

Report for February 2021 Show details...

The Friends of Austria Ottawa Inc. are proud to continue to provide financial support to the Ottawa Viennese Winter Ball. Music and Beyond announces that the Ottawa Viennese Winter Ball, an event celebrating Austrian music and culture, will sparkle this year as a virtual gala of music and dance. Hosted by Her Excellency The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean and internationally renowned tenor Ben Heppner, the Ball will take place on Saturday, March 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (EST). It will feature Viennese music performed by some of Canada’s finest musicians and will introduce Austria’s new Ambassador to Canada, Sylvia Meier-Kajbic, as Patron of the Ball.

History of the Viennese Winter Ball Ottawa

Launched in 1996 with the enthusiastic support of the Austrian Embassy and the Austrian-Canadian Council, Ottawa’s Viennese Winter Ball is modelled after Vienna’s Opernball, and was officially sanctioned by the Austrian Government. It quickly became a must-attend event on the Ottawa gala calendar. After being organized for many years by dedicated Canadian and Austrian volunteers, Music and Beyond was approached in 2015 by the Ball’s organizing committee to take on this iconic annual event. Roland Pirker, the president of the Austrian Canadian Council and the Friends of Austria Ottawa, was not only a founding member but was part of the organizing committee for 20 years. In addition to offering a truly magical evening, the Ball has always been dedicated to giving back to the community with over $1 million raised over the past 25 years. Supported were the Cancer Society Ottawa, Children’s Aid Society and Young Musicians just to name a few……

Roland Pirker
President
Friends of Austria Ottawa

Official Reopening of the Overbrook Bingo Palace Show details...

The long-awaited reopening of the Overbrook Bingo Palace at 1150 Lola Street in Ottawa will take place on Thursday 18 February. The hall has just been renovated, has a new name, and is under the new ownership of the Capital Gaming and Entertainment Centre (CGEC).

Many more details can be found on the Palace’s website.

Report for January 2021 Show details...

The Friends of Austria Ottawa Inc. are excited to take part in the reopening of the new Lola Charity Bingo Hall at 1150 Lola Street in Ottawa. The hall has just been renovated, has a new name, and is under the new ownership of the Capital Gaming and Entertainment Centre (CGEC).

We soon will be able to support many of our senior events and other good endeavours with the financial support of the OLG Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).

Roland Pirker
President
Friends of Austria Ottawa

Report for January 2021 Show details...

The Friends of Austria Ottawa (FoAO) would like to inform all our friends that the former Overbrook Bingo Palace has reopened after renovation! In addition to the new look after the renovations, it now has a new name, the Lola Charity Bingo Hall, and is under new management, the Capital Gaming and Entertainment Centre (CGEC), together with the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association (OCGA) and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).

Come and participate, join us and experience it for yourselves! We are at 1150 Lola Street in Ottawa, near Ottawa’s Baseball Stadium!

The FoAO are grateful to OLG for allowing us to be part of this exciting charity-support program, where everybody wins.

Roland Pirker
President
Friends of Austria Ottawa

Report for October to December 2020 Show details...

The Friends of Austria Ottawa:

  • had a 4” Friends of Austria Ottawa cloth logo designed and produced in the USA, for our volunteers to wear when the Bingo Hall reopens;
  • delivered Christmas flowers to some of the ladies in our organization;
  • continued to visit elderly members in their retirement homes, provided that the retirement home allowed us access to the member somewhere on the home’s property either inside the building or in the home’s garden and/or walkways; a Covid test is a requirement for entry to the home;
  • took members to their doctors’ offices in October and November.

Financially we supported the May Court Hospice, the German Language School Ottawa, the St. Albertus Church, Shepherds of Good Hope, etc.

Roland Pirker
President
Friends of Austria Ottawa