Pal­lia­tive care pro­gram din­ner was a sell out suc­cess

The Standard (Elliot Lake) - - NEWS - By kevin Mcsheffrey, Of The Stan­dard

The el­liot lake Pal­lia­tive Care Pro­gram’s fundrais­ing din­ner on oct. 27 was a great suc­cess.

The fundraiser was ‘an evening in Tus­cany Fundraiser Gala’, with an ital­ian mul­ti­course din­ner.

sylvie Fer­land Ger­rard, pro­gram ad­min­is­tra­tor/co­or­di­na­tor, says they col­lected a to­tal of $16,276, but af­ter the ex­penses they have $11,276 left.

Fer­land Ger­rard says while they sold out of the 250 tick­ets the or­ga­ni­za­tion had printed, which sold for $45 each, 216 at­tended the event.

The fundraiser also fea­tured a silent auc­tion as well as a live auc­tion with auc­tion­eer len hem­bruff.

The din­ner was co­or­di­nated by a re­tired chef, Frank vet­ere, who op­er­ated an ital­ian res­tau­rant in Ni­a­gara Falls for a num­ber of years. The two who did much of the cook­ing are shirley va­le­ri­ote and deb­bie Gam­ba­cort, both of el­liot lake.

The master of cer­e­monies for the evening, Gary Gam­ba­cort, ex­plained to the crowd that the event orig­i­nally started off as a sim­ple spaghetti sup­per. how­ever, as more peo­ple got in­volved, the din­ner ex­panded to an evening in Tus­cany Fundraiser Gala.

The crowd dined lis­ten­ing to some well known ital­ian songs, such as ‘That’s amore,’ as well as some more modern tunes.

The songs were per­formed by el­liot lake’s Jim Gra­ham on gui­tar and blind river’s rose Neufeld on the ac­cor­dion.

To add to the charm of the evening, Neufeld wan­dered around the hall at times per­form­ing num­bers as she strolled be­tween the ta­bles. at one ta­ble, they all got up and danced. a few other peo­ple also took ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to dance as Gra­ham and Neufeld per­formed through­out the long meal.

There was a score of vol­un­teers in­volved in the event from op­er­at­ing the bar to serv­ing the ta­bles to dec­o­rat­ing the hall.

Fer­land Ger­rard thanked all the donors of the items on the auc­tion block and the door prizes and the vol­un­teers, as well as the friends of the Pal­lia­tive Care Pro­gram.

“i could not do my job with­out your very gen­er­ous com­mit­ments.”

Photo By kevin MCSHEFFREY/THE STAN­DARD

Sylvie Fer­land Ger­rard, pro­gram ad­min­is­tra­tor/co­or­di­na­tor, ad­dresses the crowd of more that 200 at the El­liot Lake Pal­lia­tive Care Pro­gram’s fundrais­ing din­ner.

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