Palliative gala a glittering success
Region's notables turn out in fine style
The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Health Care Foundation pulled out all the stops to make its 2011 Happening a glittering success last Friday night.
It was an evening that brought together the region's notable business people, politicians, former politicians and those ready for an elegant night to aid aworthy cause.
The health care foundation raised $477,000 during the fire and ice-themed gala that took place at the Château Vaudreuil's Pavillon sur le lac.
The total was well above the $150,000 the foundation said it hoped to amass during what has become its most profitable annual fundraiser.
All proceeds will be used to help the Hudson-based palliative care home pay an annual $1.8million in operating costs.
With a provincial government contribution each year of 35 percent of operating costs, the foundation is charged with the not-so-small task of raising the remainder of the funds.
And since it soon hopes to expand from six to eight beds and eventually to its full capacity of 12 beds, the operating costs will go up accordingly.
Most of the money raised Friday was through gala ticket sales, as well as through the live auctioning of goodies including: a unique garden sculpture, a one-of-a-kind pendant and earring set, and a trip for two to Cuba.
A slew of silent auctions items also had guests vying for items ranging from golf trips to vacuum cleaners, sport memorabilia, spa services andmuchmore.
In addition, 54 guests clamored onto the stage to donate an additional $1,000 each, earning each the title of palliative care home ambassadors.
Well run event
During the entertaining and fully bilingual evening, guests were treated to surprises including a quick moving ice sculpture demonstration set to lively electric violin music.
But it was health care foundation president Sylvie Crevier who was surprised when Vaudreuil MNA Yvon Marcoux and Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois presented her with the National Assembly medal of recognition for her tireless work in bringing the palliative care home that opened last September to reality.
In all, 400 guests attended the evening that started with a "green carpet" welcome and segued to a cocktail hour, a five course gourmet dinner, awards, recognition and finally, dancing.
Since the home opened last September, close to 30 people have found respite and care in their final days. All of the home's services are offered free to patients, while families, who can also stay at the home, pay nominal fees to cover such things as foodcosts.
Up next for the palliative home is a raffle taking place May 6, 2011. Participants buy chances to win prizes including: $5,000 cash from Toyota Île Perrot, $5,000 in grocery certificates from six regional IGA stores, $2,500 from Dorion and Vaudreuil Jean Coutu stores, a $3,000 spa from Club Piscine and a one-week trip for two to Cuba.
The foundation's golf tournament will also be held May 16 at Whitlock Golf & Country Club.
Draw tickets can be purchased at most beauty salons in the region or at the Palliative Care Home, located at 90 Como Gardens, in Hudson. For information on upcoming events call thehomeat 450 202-2202.
Vaudreuil-Soulanges Health Care Foundation president Sylvie Crevier received the National Assembly medal of recognition from Vaudreuil MNA Yvon Marcoux and SoulangesMNALucie Charlebois.