Pal­lia­tive home ga­la shim­me­ring on ho­ri­zon


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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.

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