• By Mireille Lemelin

Gala Happening 2017

What an exhilarating soirée and for such a worthy cause. For its sixth-year celebration, the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation (VSPCRF) had a different beat this past Saturday. The incredibly lively Boogie Wonder Band with its star performers electrified the guests all throughout the event and far into the night. People were swinging in the aisles with the dance floor unable to contain their enthusiasm. Four hundred attendees, clad in gala attire, enjoyed delightful hors-d'oeuvres and champagne galore in the pre-cocktail followed by a five-course dinner crowned by a Chateaubriand sauce Rossini, served by an exceptional staff.

“All the tickets were sold out,” proclaimed proudly Jasmine Sharma who, as communications and philanthropic development director, did a stellar performance as emcee as well. “In fact, all together, with our Christmas campaign, this gala, the sponsorships, the auctions and our 50 ambassadors we raised the astonishing amount of $406,492.00 for the Residence.”

As Pierre Cyr, the new president of the Foundation underlined, “The residence, which last week welcomed its 1000th patient, is a true jewel in our community, thanks to the professionalism of the staff and the total dedication of the 240 volunteers”.

Honorary President André Gingras, President Groupe Auto Force added, “ It enables families and patients to live their final moments with dignity, in the comfort of a beautiful adapted setting surrounded by compassion, in an atmosphere that favours peace of mind”.

As always, glamour and glitter were the motto of the evening. Here are some of the Belles of the Ball 2017.

To see a selection of some of the fashions worn at the gala, see our Facebook page.