Under the Tuscan Sun 2011

The Queen Elizabeth Health Complex's 8th annual fundraiser Under the Tuscan Sun: a great success!

On Thursday, May 12th, 2011, over 350 people attended the 8th annual Under the Tuscan Sun fundraiser at Parisian Laundry to benefit the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex.

Co-chaired by Cynthia Price, Gerry Shadeed and Bente Christensen, the event generated close to $100,000 for the completion of the digitization project of the QEHC Imaging Department. The dynamic organizing committee included Marina Cutler, Robert Anderson, Sandy Cochrane, Domenico D'Alesio, Brian Marcil, David Pickrell, Richard Verreault, Allannah Furlong, Dr. Mark Roper, Janet Rankin-Hambleton, Élaine Lalonde, Érik Moisan, Paul Coffin and QEHC's Executive Director Irene Tschernomor.

Guests were treated to a delicious array of traditional Italian cuisine catered by Vic Market complimented by a superb selection of Italian wines. A trio of musicians from McGill University's Schulich School of Music played smooth jazz adding to the ambiance of the evening.

CJAD's super sports announcer, Mark Shalhoub did an amazing job as Master of Ceremony, engaging guests to bid and compete for a great selection of silent auction items which included: a weekend at the luxurious Auberge Saint-Antoine in Québec City, a golf weekend in Lake Placid, front row-Centre Court tennis tickets to the Rogers Cup and an authentic 2010 Team Canada Olympic hockey jersey signed by Sidney Crosby which, when taken live, created an intense bidding frenzy!

The committee wants to thank the sponsors of the evening: Travelway Group International, MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier, Berretta Wines, Griffintown Media, Fort Insurance, Tony Shoes, BGL Brokerage, Blue Cross Medavie, Bentley Leathers, Campbell Framing, LCC Wine and Spirits, Medicassurance, Metro, Minogue, Sage Actuaries, Living with Style Magazine, The Trottier Family Foundation, Ufiles.ca.

Guests included Westmount Mayor Peter Trent, Benda Paris - Political Advisor for Louise Harel, Leader of the Official Opposition of the City of Montreal, Vaughan Dowie - Executive Head of Public Affairs McGill University, Tim Price, Chair of MacDougall, MacDougall, & MacTier, Barbara Whitley, Victor and Sheila Goldbloom, Joan Ivory, Miriam Green, Gino Berretta, Maurice & Monique Vézina, Marie-Laure Guillard, Leslie Martino, Sandra, Kathy, Tony & Rob Fargnoli, Margot McFarlane Hall, Diane Duruchie, Sue & Jawaid Khan, Bruce Shadeed, President & CEO of Travelway Group International, the event's major sponsor, Jeff Baikowitz and wife Camila Velandia, Pierre & Andrea Casgrain, Rick Hart, Leslie & Brian Dunn, Sarah Ivory & Guthrie Stewart, Wendy Roscoe & Tony Rumjohn.

To view photos from our 8th annual Wine Tasting event click here.