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MARCH 30, 2015 – A throng of flappers and their dapper escorts packed the North Grenville Municipal Centre on March 27 for the Kemptville District Hospital Foundation’s annual Spring Gala.

Led by Lillian Leonard, the Gala committee had planned an entertaining ‘Roaring 20s’-themed evening, including dinner and dancing, live and silent auctions, whiskey tasting and a demonstration of Latin and ballroom dance.

Feather boas, tuxedoes and dark gangster-style suits were in abundance as partygoers visited the champagne tower, the card raffle, photo booth and the silent auction before sitting down to an elegant dinner.

During dessert, TLC Dance Studio presented a 1920s dance demonstration, and after dinner the Mick Armitage Band kept their promise of keeping the crowd on the dance floor all night.

In addition to being a ‘roaring’ good time, the evening was also a celebration of the community’s generosity, as the Foundation presented a cheque for $350,000 to the Hospital, represented by Board Chair, Lis Angus, and Vice Chair, Karen Cooper.

“This is the Foundation’s annual contribution to the Hospital, and it represents a large number of gifts from local businesses and individuals,” said Hugh O’Neill, Chair of the KDH Foundation Board of Directors. “And every one of them is strongly committed to supporting their hospital.”

“KDH is so fortunate to enjoy the continuing robust support of the communities it serves,” O’Neill continued. “I am very proud of the generosity of our community and sincerely appreciate the financial and volunteer support that makes a difference at KDH every day.”

All agreed the 2015 Gala was a huge success, raising over $35,000 for the ongoing equipment needs of the hospital, with almost $15,000 raised at the live auction, called by expert auctioneer Chris Cathcart.

The KDH Foundation would like to express its gratitude to the evening’s emcee, Kin Choi, as well as to the Gala’s sponsors and the donors of both live and silent auction items.


Gold   Scotiabank | O’Farrell Financial

Silver   ZW Group

Bronze   Bryden Martel Architects | City Wyde Electric | Dial A Chef | DR Howell Electric | Kemptville Medical Centre | Patterson Hadden & Brown Insurance | Pelee Island Winery | Warren & Jansen Law Office – Paul Jansen

Donors of Live Auction Items

  • Anderson Family – Mont Tremblant Condo Weekend
  • Cyndy Batchelor & Katie Heggie – General Admission Shania Twain Tickets
  • Mark Bonneau/Ottawa Senators – Lower Level Suite Sens Game
  • Canadian Tire – Yardworks Lawnmower
  • eQuinelle – 4 18-hole Golf Passes
  • Paul Forgues – Signed Bourke Boston Jersey
  • Greg Lane/Cisco – 2 Bluesfest VIP Passes
  • Ross & Joanne Lincoln – Mont Tremblant Chalet Weekend
  • Chris Napior – Signed Condra Jersey
  • Eric Norenberg – Kemptville Interiors Shopping Spree
  • Dermid & Donna Lee O’Farrell – Carlson Signed ‘C Jersey
  • Harry Pratt – Custom KDH Stuffed Rabbit
  • Rideau Auctions – Nikon Camera
  • TD Bank – 2 Shania Twain VIP Tickets

In the photo above (left to right): Don Green, Denys Bourguignon, Sandra McNamara, Lynne Bourgiugnon, Tracey Bennett, Joe Bennett, Jim McManaman, Cathy McManaman

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