Hos­pi­tal mys­tery din­ner a sell-out

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY AN­GELA BROWN News Staff

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.”

AN­GELA BROWN PHOTO

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.

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