The 21st Annual Valentine’s Ball rasied a record net amount of $640,000 thanks to the generosity of more than 500 guests, sponsors and donors.
The annual ball was held at Château Vaudreuil’s Pavillon-sur-le-Lac and featured a gourmet dinner and dance under the theme of “Italy and its Amalfi Coast”. The money raised provides critical funding for the superior palliative care delivered at the Residence.
In addition to raising a record amount, the Residence’s co-founder Russell Williams announced that the Residence would soon change its name to the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence. “Teresa was not only the co-founder and Executive Director of the Residence for 17 years, but she led the Residence to what it is today, made a difference for so many people and inspired us to pursue her vision. Her contribution to the Residence, the patients, the community and the cause is invaluable. Renaming the Residence in her honour was a natural fit,” said Russell Williams.
Guests included political, media and sports personalities, including such prominent sports figures as Anthony Calvillo, legendary Montreal Alouettes quarterback and Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductee. Guests from the arts community included Emmy Award-winning Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée and Canadian Blues Queen Dawn Tyler-Watson, who also came to show their support for the Residence.
The evening’s masters of ceremony were Yolande James RDI and CBC political analyst and a Director of the Foundation Board of the Residence and Ken Connors, host of Weekends with Ken on CJAD 800. The honorary co-presidents of the evening, Louis Vachon, President and CEO of National Bank, and Chantal Carrier, philanthropist, shared with the audience the importance of getting involved in their community.
Lynne McVey, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montréal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (IUHSSC), gave a compassionate testimonial following her experience with a loved one at the Residence.
Federal, provincial and municipal politicians in attendance at the sold-out event included MNAs Monsef Derraji (Nelligan), Greg Kelley (Jacques-Cartier), Carlos Leitão (Baldwin-Cartier), Kathleen Weil (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce) and Dominique Anglade (St. Henri); as well as the mayors of Baie D’Urfé, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Kirkland, Pointe-Claire and the borough of Pierrefonds/Roxboro.
“The Valentine’s Day Ball is an important tradition, not only to raise funds for the Residence, but also to raise awareness about the importance of palliative care and the role of the Residence in the community. I am extremely grateful for the support we receive. This record amount will allow us to continue to provide our daily care with compassion,” said Dale Weil, the new Executive Director of the West Island Palliative Care Residence.