Hospital mystery dinner a sell-out
Friday the 13th may be an unlucky date on some people’s calendars but for Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital the day couldn’t have been better.
The hospital’s fundraising committee reported its Guess
Who Is Coming To Dinner? event last Friday night was completedly sold out.
The hospital sold tickets for all nine dinner parties and with 64 people attending at $50 per ticket, made just over $3,300 to help purchase a new cardiac monitoring system.
“It’s pretty cool, isn’t it?,” said hospital fundraising committee member Louise Quenneville of the overwhelming show of support from the community. “When I first heard about it I thought this is a crazy idea but it’s a lot of fun.”
In addition to dinner, Carolyn and Ralph Hetke served up jazz on the piano to entertain their guests.
“This is the first time I’ve cooked for people I absolutely do not know,” Mrs. Hetke said with a laugh. “It’s exciting.”
The couple who live in Kitchener made dinner at the home of their friend Shelley Carrier.
“My husband and I were visiting at Christmas and heard about it,” said Mrs. Hetke. “We decided it sounds like fun so we offered to come down and cook a meal,” she related, adding that cooking is a “passionate hobby” for her.
To create her meal, Mrs. Hetke started with pear and fig crostinis that included slices of baguette with melted brie and pecan on top, followed by a salad with melted kasseri cheese, a main course of beef tenderloin with pistachio and olive crust, and for dessert homemade caramel apple crisp with apple cider ice cream.
She laughed it was her first time making the ice cream so she had hoped for the best.
Mrs. Hetke spent four hours preparing her meal for her dinner party.
Her husband, who played his portable piano at the start of the meal, is a professional musician and once performed with rock band Major Hoople's Boarding House in the 1960s and ‘70s. The group was known for hits
Someone and I’m Running After You. For the Guess Who Is
Coming To Dinner? fundraiser a number of people volunteered to make a three-course meal either with a main course of beef, chicken, pork, or vegetarian cuisine for each for six guests attending the parties.
Ms. Quenneville said the tickets over-sold by four so organizers couldn’t be happier and hope to hold a similar fundraiser again next year. “It’s making me smile and making me laugh. It’s unbelievable,” she said, adding she was particularly impressed with Mrs. and Mr. Hetke who drove all the way from their home to cook for a group of total strangers and provide entertainment, too. After making their selections, guests were told Friday where their dinner would be served. Ms. Quenneville said some people were served stuffed crown pork roast and cheese cake for dessert. Meals could be as posh or humble as the hosts wished. Hosts were able to receive a tax receipt for their expenses and any additional offerings were at their discretion. Hospital board members, chair Jacqueline Fraser and directors Bill Shields and Gordon White, were among the hosts. Dinner parties lasting from 6 to 9 p.m. were held in homes throughout Glengarry from the Ontario-Québec border to Apple Hill, with most locations in either Alexandria, Maxville or Apple Hill. Guests came from as far as Hemmingford, Que. “Hospitals in this day and age in small towns and areas need all the help they can get,” said Mrs. Hetke.
“What a great fundraiser.”
NO MORE GUESSING: The evening’s chef Carolyn Hetke, second from right, presents beef tenderloin to the delight of guests, from left, Morris McCormick, Ralph Hetke, Kathy McCormick, Barbara Filion, and, far right, Peter Filion, at the Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner? fundraiser in the Kenyon area on February 13. Guests enjoyed a full three-course meal at the fundraiser benefiting Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital’s new cardiac monitoring system project.