United Way hosts Hol­i­day Tast­ings fundraiser

Seaway News - - NEWS - SHAWNA O’NEILL [email protected]

CORNWALL, On­tario – The hol­i­day spirit was in the air of Nav Canada dur­ing the sixth an­nual United Way Cen­traide of SDG Hol­i­day Wine and Gourmet Tast­ings on Satur­day, Nov. 24.

“The night has been fan­tas­tic,” said Karen Brunet, co-chair of the fundraiser.“(It’s) be­cause of our core com­mit­tee and our long list of vol­un­teers we are able to pull this off.”

With a sold out at­ten­dance of about 650 in­di­vid­u­als, Brunet felt con­fi­dent that the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s fundrais­ing goal of $50,000 would be ex­ceeded. Over the past six years, $225,000 has been raised from the event. Tick­ets to the event were $100 per per­son.

“This is our sig­na­ture event,” ex­plained Mea­gan Bin­g­ley, co-chair of the fundraiser. “It hap­pens once a year and all the of the funds stay lo­cal. We fund 14 lo­cal agen­cies.”

Guests had the op­por­tu­nity to in­dulge in a wide se­lec­tion of gourmet tast­ings and a lav­ish candy bar. A live and silent auc­tion in­cluded sev­eral items like a week­end get­away, race car driv­ing for a day and the op­por­tu­nity to have chef Luc McCabe cook for a party of 10. Live en­ter­tain­ment was pro­vided by Duelling Pi­anos.

“It’s a great way to get the com­mu­nity to­gether and kick off the hol­i­day sea­son. It makes your heart feel full to see so many gen­er­ous peo­ple,” said Bin­g­ley.

Or­ga­niz­ers thanked the spon­sors and vol­un­teers and said the event would not be pos­si­ble with­out them. The ti­tle spon­sor of the event was Xplor­net. Or­ga­niz­ers were also grate­ful for Stephanie Lalonde who helped to trans­form the space into a hol­i­day ex­trav­a­ganza.

“I only started three months ago and I’ve al­ways at­tended the event, but to ac­tu­ally be be­hind the scenes and see the work that goes into it, and the gen­eros­ity, the list of peo­ple who as­sist us through this is in­cred­i­ble and just a lot of fun,” said Bin­g­ley.

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