• James Armstrong

Wild Game Supper a successful fundraiser for VSPCR


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

From left to right: Steve Dennison, VSPCRF board member, Jocelyne Vautour, Communications and Finance Director, Paul Normand, VSPCRF board member, Monique Sasseville, Director of Care, Dr. Sylvie Dufresne, Medical Director, Diane Joly, President of Groupe DPJL Assurances Inc., Jean-FrançoisThibert, Executive Director, Anne Lauzon, VSPCRF Vice-President and Léo Lalonde, VSPCRF board member.

The 13th Edition of the Annual Gastronomic Wild Game Supper on Saturday, October 27 was a resounding success according to Marketing and Community Events Coordinator Madeleine Langlois.

“It definitely raised more money than last year,” she said of the more than $75,000 raised for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR).

Tickets for the supper, held at Cabane Marc Besner in Coteau-du-Lac, sold out well in advance of the gala.

“It’s a favourite event for a lot of people. They enjoy the gourmet food prepared by Chef Besner and the ambiance of the location,” added Langlois.

Wine tasting and music

Sponsored for a third consecutive year by Groupe DPJL Insurance, the Wild Game Supper combined a Vegas Casino theme with wine tasting hosted by sommelier Coritha Pierre of Vins au Féminin and musical entertainment with Perle & Rebel a vocal duo of singers Nancy McIntyre and guitarist Sylvain Haché.

Guests were invited to participate in a wine tasting contest based on the different facets used to describe a wine as outlined on their placement on the table. A red and a white wine were evaluated and the results were as varied as the taste palettes of the guests and enjoyed by everyone.

A silent auction, in a space adjacent to the dining room, also contributed to the fundraising proceeds of the evening and provided a place for guests to mingle and chat as they placed their bids. Items on the block included signed Montreal Canadiens hockey jerseys, jewellery, watches, paintings and wine.

The guest list included Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols, Prefect of the Municipalité régionale de comté Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS), Patrick Bousez, and several of the region’s mayors such as Yvan Cardinal of Pincourt and Hans Gruenwald Jr. of Rigaud.

“It was a wonderful meal and a great event for the region,” said Nichols at the end of the evening. “Although I’m involved in many events for the residence, this was my first time for this event,” she added.

Support for a noble cause

“We want to thank the many volunteers and sponsors who have worked to make this event happen,” said Executive Director Jean-Francois Thibert. He also thanked the dinner guests for their support of the residence.

The Palliative Care Residence Foundation was created in March 2005 followed by the inauguration of Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence in September 2010.

“We provide high quality care seven days per week,” said Medical Director and co-founder Dr. Sylvie Dufresne.

“We listen, hear and support our patients and their families,” she said, adding everyone deserves love, compassion and dignity and no one should die alone.

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