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Business magnates to become dino-hunters for new museum

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft Corporation and John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of the Paul Mitchell line of hair products and the Patron spirits company, will be heading to the Peace Country, Alberta this August to get their hands dirty hunting multi-million year old dinosaur fossils.

Allen and DeJoria will join a group including Dan Aykroyd, Donna Dixon Aykroyd, Matthew Gray Gubler and Fran Drescher as well as a team of palaeontologists from around the globe for three days of events celebrating the completion of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum building. After excavating fossils from two major sites – one of them among the world’s densest horned dinosaur bonebeds – the group will also attend the Amber Ball – a gala fundraiser for the Currie Museum.

The Currie Dinosaur Museum, named after Canada’s preeminent palaeontologist, is a $34.6 million facility under construction since June 2013 that will open to the public Dec. 1, 2014. This August, Grande Prairie, Alberta and the surrounding communities will celebrate the completion of the museum building with a crowd of international glitterati and palaeontological literati in attendance. 

Highlights will include:
• The Amber Ball on August 9– the event’s pinnacle evening. The Amber Ball will include a VIP champagne reception, performances by The Tenors, Estelle and a special musical presentation featuring Dan Aykroyd.
• Ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 9 for the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum
• Dedication ceremony on August 9 for the Aykroyd Theatre (inside the Currie Museum)
• Municipal Ceremony on August 7 to honour the Aykroyd family’s involvement in the Peace Region
• Day spent excavating dinosaur fossils on August 8, on two major bonebeds
• Mighty Peace Harley Davidson inaugural family ride on August 9, led by Dan Aykroyd on a ‘Dino Bike’ – a 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Breakout, customized with Currie Museum dinosaurs and autographed by Mr. Aykroyd

Confirmed guests attending:
Dan Aykroyd (Canadian film actor)
Donna Dixon Aykroyd (film actress)
Paul Allen (Microsoft co-founder) and sister Jody Patton
John Paul DeJoria (co-founder of Paul Mitchell hair care and Patron spirits)
Matthew Gray Gubler (star of hit TV series ‘Criminal Minds’)
Aubery Plaza (star of hit TV series ‘Parks and Recreation’)
Fran Drescher (star of hit TV series ‘The Nanny’)
Michael Budman (Co-Founder, Roots Canada) and partner Diane Bald
Lori Karnath, past President of the Explorer’s Club and partner Robert Roethenmund, past chair of the Western European Chapter of the Explorer’s Club 
Sam and Connor Kennedy (sons of Robert Kennedy Jr.)
Lady Anne Lambton (British actress, including ‘Mrs. Henderson Presents,’ and author)
Judy and Luke Belushi (wife and son of the late John Belushi, American actor and musician)
Lewis Lavoie (Canadian muralist)
Julius Csotonyi (Canadian palaeoartist)
Dr. Nathan Wolfe (eminent American virologist, founder and director of Global Viral)
T. Buckley (Albertan country singer)
The Tenors (formerly the Canadian Tenors)
Sheva (actress)
Elvis Perkins (musician)
Elana Ryan (actress)

The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, scheduled to open its doors in December 2014, will be a 41,000 sq. foot, world-class facility highlighting the rich fossil resources of Northern Alberta. Named for Dr. Philip Currie, Canada’s preeminent palaeontologist, the museum, located in Wembley AB will serve as a hub of education and science in the area. The Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative is the omnibus term for the project team tasked with the realization of the museum. 
Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative