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The 14th Salon des vins raises funds for hospital foundation and flood victims


PHOTO BY CÉLINE PILON

Caisses Desjardins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Richard Dubois (left), picking the winner of the wine cooler, with the help of President of Fondation du Centre hospitalier de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Denis Lapointe, after the Salon des vins event held on May 17.

Once again, the Salon des vins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges has been a great success for the pleasure of wine connoisseurs from within the region and beyond.

The event was held for its 14th year at the Vaudreuil-Dorion arena on May 17, under the honorary presidency of Marc Besner, owner of the renowned Cabane à sucre in Côteau-du-Lac.

The Salon des vins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is considered one of the most important events of its kind in Quebec to this day, according to the Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ).

A total of 37 stands, showcasing 27 wine agencies and 10 food agencies (IGA Extra Pierre Patry and Restaurant Olivia, among others) welcomed close to 1000 visitors, between noon and 9 p.m. who were invited to sample a variety of cheeses and fruits, as well a delicious hors-d’oeuvres.

Funds collected from the event were originally planned to be allotted in total to the Fondation du Centre hospitalier de Vaudreuil-Soulanges but the committee recently revised the charter in order to give part of the benefits to organizations helping people in need – in Rigaud, mainly – as well as other communities hit by the flood.

Photographic image taken by Josiane Farand bearing well-wishes and signs of support from people throughout the region.

This year, 50 per cent of the benefits will be remitted to reputable organizations providing services to the victims of the flood, such as additional psychological support.

“Recent flooding in the region has given a new meaning to the urgency of showing support to our community,” said President of the Fondation, Denis Lapointe. “We will be very diligent to hand out the money directly to these organizations so the right people can benefit from it.”

Late Tuesday afternoon, May 23, Lapointe evaluated the total amount around $ 82,000.

Besides the sale of the tickets, attendees were invited to give a special contribution to be directly handed out to families affected by the loss of their belongings.

A drawing of three prizes, including two boxes of fine wines and one golf pass at Whitlock, was one of the highlights of the event.

The focus point, though, was undeniably the giant board at the entrance of the Salon des vins, consisting of a creative montage of poignant pictures of the flooding, taken by well-known Vaudreuil-Soulanges photographer, Josiane Farand.

Everyone was invited to sign their name and a word of support. By the end of the event, hundreds of signatures had covered the entire board.

The 15th Salon des vins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges will be held on May 16, 2018.

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