The event welcomed close to 300 guests to Jardin Royalmount for a spectacular evening filled with glitz and glamour. Set to the theme of the Roaring Twenties, the Ball included an outdoor cocktail, a four-course meal, an open bar, a photobooth, a dance show and a silent auction. Funds raised during the night will help launch a brand-new GMF-U at Lakeshore General Hospital. The clinic will welcome six residents, two students and up to 12,000 patients annually.
Upon arrival, guests had an opportunity to take a photo with a 1920s Ford Model T before making their way to the cocktail tent. There, they received a coupe of champagne and enjoyed the music of Le Dixieband while perusing the silent auction. Canapés by Société Traiteur were served during the cocktail hour while guests mingled and explored the outdoor scene.
Patrons were then invited into the dining room, which looked like a scene from The Great Gatsby. Black and gold décor flooded the room, accentuated by red roses and black and white feathers. Foundation Managing Director Nathalie Kamel welcomed everyone back to the event after the last three years, and spoke about how everyone was there to celebrate the Lakeshore General Hospital. Co-Chairs Sharon Beaumont and Eyal Artzy then took the stage and regaled everyone with why they chose to align themselves with the cause. Representing the Foundation Board of Directors, Dave Cescon, Co-Chair and Dave Jennings, Vice-Chair thanked the guests, sponsors and partners for their support.
The meal included a burrata salad, creamy mushroom pasta, and a choice of beef, salmon or cauliflower steak for the main course. It was topped off with a delicious tiramisu for dessert.
Later in the evening, Dr. Marion Dove, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University took the stage to speak about the importance of family medicine and introduced a special video presentation highlighting the importance of having a family doctor. Dr. Shady Abid, Medical Director of the new GMF-U, drove home all the benefits this clinic will bring to the community and Sharon Beaumont then asked everyone in the room to help support this initiative by joining the Prescription For Change. Donors could come up and make a donation on the spot and then sign a poster that will be hung in the new clinic.
Between courses, the band Electrik got everyone on the dance floor and Manina Productions put on a themed dance show that left guests wanting more.
To cap off the night, Interim President & CEO of the CIUSSS Ouest-de-l’Île Najia Hachimi-Idrissi took the stage and thanked everyone for the support, before the big reveal of the event’s proceeds – $503,260!
Thank you to our event sponsors Spinelli, Desjardins, Caisse de l’Ouest-de-l’Île, The Rubin & So Foundation, Desjardins Entreprises, The Tenaquip Foundation, Rolland Inc. and Roxboro Excavation as well as all our guests, donors, and volunteers who supported the event.