10 p.m., Nov. 25)
fundraising event benefits two important organizations
By Fred Sherwin
you think of bingo cards and dabbers, the last thing that
comes to mind is black ties and evening gowns, but both
were on display in abundance on Saturday during the first
ever Black Tie Bingo at the Westin Hotel.
than 300 people paid $150 each for a chance to yell "bingo"
and take home one of the many prizes that were up for
grabs at the event which was organized in support of the
Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa and the OutCare Foundation.
In the end, more than $50,000 was raised, an impressive
amount for an inaugural event.
businessman and Outcare Foundation chairman John
Bradley (left) is joined by executive director Lisa
Davey, guest emcee Catherine Clark and Eldercare
Foundation of Ottawa founder and president Adam
Nihmey at the first annual Black Tie Bingo. Ottawa
loves bingo, explained volunteer president and founder
of the Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa, Adam Nihmey when
asked about the success of the new event. "The guests
were excited to play and a lot of them commented that
they had forgotten what fun it was and how it brought
back childhood memories.
enjoyed mingling at the reception and browsed the impressive
selection of silent auction items. After an incredible
meal, the bingo games began. Emcee Catherine Clark worked
closely with professional bingo hall operators Friends
Bingo guiding those in attendance through five fun-filled
and sometimes quite intense bingo games.
by MediSystem Pharmacy -- a Shoppers Drug Mart company
-- the event brought together two charities that are at
the forefront in raising funds and awareness for palliative
care throughout our community.
The success of the event is a testament to how well
our two organizations work together," explained Navan
businessman and OutCare Foundation board chair John Bradley.
was thrilling to see the communitys reaction to
our first ever Black Tie Bingo. We're already looking
forward to next years event!
Pharmacy played a leadership role as the presenting sponsor.
Other donors and event partners included BMO Financial
Group, Benchent, CIBC Wood Gundy, Chartwell Retirement
Residences, Rx&D, Capacity Financial, Cisco, Dust
Evans Grandmaitre, Ernst & Young, Friends Bingo,
Gowlings, The Jewel 98.5, J.T. Bradleys Country
Convenience Store in Navan, KPMG, Logan Katz, Lowe Martin,
Oriana Trombetti, Ottawa Business Journal, Renaissance
Investments, Retire-At-Home, Sun Life Financial, Swiss
International Air lines, Telus, VIA Rail and the Westin
raised will help improve the quality of life of residents
in non-profit long-term care homes and for individuals
who need palliative care. It will ensure that people are
comfortable, well taken care of, and treated with dignity
in their remaining years. To learn more about the charities
more details on the event or to see photos visit www.blacktiebingoottawa.com.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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