Pal­lia­tive ga­la a glit­te­ring suc­cess

Region's no­tables turn out in fine style

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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.

Co­ming events

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.

PHOTO DA­NIEL CUILLERIER

Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes Health Care Foun­da­tion pre­sident Syl­vie Crevier re­cei­ved the Na­tio­nal As­sem­bly me­dal of re­cog­ni­tion from Vau­dreuil MNA Yvon Mar­coux and Sou­lan­gesMNALu­cie Char­le­bois.

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