With more than 500 in attendance, the Ball once again welcomed an array of guests who provide valuable ongoing support to the Residence, many of whom were political, sports, media and entertainment figures. Special guests included Jean-Marc Vallée, well-known award-winning Quebec film director, most recently honoured with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies; Anthony Calvillo, Montreal Alouettes quarterback legend, inducted into Canadian Football Hall of Fame; and Otis Grant, former WBO Middleweight Champion of the World.
Joining local federal, provincial and municipal politicians was Quebec Health Minister Dr. Gaétan Barrette, whose ministry provides approximately one-third of the Residence’s funding, the balance coming from the community and fundraising events such as the Valentine’s Ball. Also present were four Quebec ministers: Martin Coiteux, Geoffrey Kelley, Carlos Leitão and Kathleen Weil, along with local federal MPs Frank Baylis (Pierrefonds-Dollard) and Francis Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis) and the mayors of Kirkland, Pointe-Claire, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Senneville and the Montreal borough of Pierrefonds/Roxboro.
Major sponsors of the event included: Charles River, TASK, Pfizer Canada, Merck Canada and Pharmacies Frayne. The Air Canada Foundation and the Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel generously donated prizes that helped raise funds during the evening.
“We owe tremendous gratitude to all our sponsors and supporters, as well as the many dedicated volunteers who do so much to ensure the evening is special, fun and successful,” said Kerri Elkas, Manager, Corporate Affairs, Pfizer Canada Inc., co-chair with Victoria D’Elia, Chief Financial Officer of Eurostyle Fashion, of the team of dedicated volunteers on the Ball organizing committee. “It takes many contributions, large and small, to make an event like the Valentine’s Ball such a success.”
Photos of the event (Nicholas Belliveau Photography )
A powerful and inspiring testimonial video from family members presented at the 19th annual Valentine’s Ball, February 9, 2018 at Château Vaudreuil.