Palliative home gala shimmering on horizon
The sixth annual Vaudreuil-Soulanges Health Care Foundation gala, called the Happening, will get underway next week at the Pavillon sur le Lac of the Château Vaudreuil.
With a Fire and Ice theme, this year's elegant event promises pampering, fine food and more than a few surprises, says Health Care Foundation president Sylvie Crevier.
"Oh, it takes us a long time to plan the evening, but it's always so beautiful and so much fun," Crevier said.
Some 400 guests are expected to attend the event, taking place on Friday, January 28.
Crevier promised participants will be well-treated from the moment they arrive at the Château Vaudreuil, where valet service will be included.
Guests will walk a red carpet and possibly be interviewed by a fashion reporter who will identify outstandingly garbed participants.
Next will come a cocktail hour, followed by a gourmet, five-course dinner during which several important announcements will be made including the naming of major event sponsors. More "surprise announcements" will be made.
Meanwhile, Karim Benchekroun, President of BjMedia, a communications company in the region, will serve as Honorary President.
Benchekroun said he was inspired since the home's purpose aligns with many of his own values.
Funding the fundraiser
According to a Happening press release, all of the event's expenses are covered by local business donors so that all proceeds can be passed onto the Palliative Care Residence.
The home needs $1.8 million to run for one year. Thirty-five percent of that comes from the provincial government. The remainder must be raised by the Foundation.
"We hope to raise $500,000 during our annual campaign that began in November 2010 and will end after the Happening next week," Crevier said.
Included is an effort that raised $7,000 during a recent piggy bank drive held at theWalmart in Vaudreuil-Dorion.
In addition to next week's Happening, the Foundation is simultaneously hosting its second spring raffle ticket drive. The draw will take place on May 6.
To be won are prizes including: $5,000 cash from Toyota Île Perrot, $5,000 in grocery certificates from six regional IGA stores, $2,500 Jean Coutu certificates for stores in Dorion and Vaudreuil, a $3,000 spa from Club Piscine and a trip for two to Cuba, including one week's four-star accommodations.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at most beauty salons in the region. Local organizations and groups will also selling tickets in various towns and tickets can also be purchased by calling at the Palliative Care Home at 450 202-2202, ext. 125.
For Happening gala tickets, call Monique Bourbonnais at 450 424-1085, or Yves Patenaude at 450 455-5402.