• Mireille Lemelin

Fun-fundraiser gala for palliative care in Vaudreuil-Soulanges a resounding success


PHOTO BY JOSIANE FARAND

Having lots of fun for a wonderful cause, some 400 guests including this happy group succeeded in raising $300,880 for the non-profit Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation at Happening 2018 on January 27.

In what is always an emotional evening, yet filled with such positive energy and true community spirit, close to 400 guests converged on the Pavillon sur le Lac, Château-Vaudreuil, last Saturday, January 27, to celebrate the 13th edition of The Happening.

And once again, the fundraising event - organized by the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation (VSPCRF) - was a resounding success yielding an amazing amount of $300,880 under the honorary chairmanship of Isabelle Salvas, Executive Director of Promutuel Assurance, Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

Expressed Madeleine Langlois, Marketing & Community Events Coordinator for the VSPCRF, “It really was a marvellous, elegant evening filled with music, dance, and gastronomic delight. A lively dinner-show animated by the beloved Quebec singer Florence K.” And she was right on!

During the gala, guests had the opportunity to meet and greet recently-appointed VSPCRF Executive Director Jean-François Thibert, who said, “What a wonderful evening. Thank you to our guests and our partners who support the foundation and allow us to offer free services to the citizens of Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the surrounding area 12 months a year.”

The foundation also seized the moment to highlight the outstanding contribution and immeasurable dedication of Marie Caron and Gilles Hébert, founders of the Poinsettia Campaign, who were awarded the honorary titles of Ambassadors for Life.

One of the most touching moments of the night was unquestionably the viewing of a video titled Welcome Home, the first words patients and their families hear upon their arrival. In response to this emotional testimony, 38 guests spontaneously stood up to become ambassadors of the foundation.

Organizers, who thanked them for their unwavering support, also stressed that The Happening is only made possible thanks to the cooperation of key partners and collaborators.

Since September 2010, the VSPCRF has offered free-of-charge specialized palliative care with respect, dignity, and tender loving attention to individuals of all ages with a terminal-phase illness.

To date, the residence, with its 12 individual rooms on Como Gardens in Hudson, has welcomed over 1200 patients whose average age is 72. It has six medical professionals, 42 full-time and part-time employees, all backed by some 240 volunteers who, in 2017, donated 24,600 hours of their time to support the cause.

Although it costs $6,575 a day to run the Residence and the provincial government only subsidizes 34 per cent of its annual budget, there is absolutely no charge for the care and services that patients receive. Which is why the VSPCRF must raise $1.6 million annually to enable it to continue its mission and which is why this glorious Happening gala will continue to happen for many years to come.

For more information, go to www.mspvs.org.

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