Palliative care program dinner was a sell out success
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.”
Sylvie Ferland Gerrard, program administrator/coordinator, addresses the crowd of more that 200 at the Elliot Lake Palliative Care Program’s fundraising dinner.