On Thursday, May 24th, 2012, a sold-out crowd of over 350 people attended the 9th annual Under the Tuscan Sun fundraiser at one of Montreal's wonderful art galleries, Parisian Laundry.
Co-chaired by Cynthia Price and Gerry Shadeed, the event raised over $125,000 which will enable the QEHC, a not-for-profit organization, to continue providing state-of-the-art primary healthcare to the community.
The dynamic volunteer organizing committee included Bob Anderson, Salma Belhaffaf, Bente Christensen, Sandy Cochrane, Domenico D'Alesio, Nauzie Dibai, Dr. Allannah Furlong, Brian Marcil, Talia Noya, Christine Pickrell, and Dr. Mark Roper.
Guests were greeted at the door by Craig Klinkhoff and Marie-Julie Trahan and then treated to a delicious array of traditional Italian cuisine from well-known caterer, "By George!". A superb selection of wines from long-time supporters, Berretta Wines and LCC Wines & Spirits were enjoyed by all. The well-known Montreal band, The Fundamentals, created a fun and festive atmosphere, playing everyone's favourite tunes that guests couldn't help dancing to!
CTV's rising star reporter, 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 a "Specialized" bike from the newly opened Cycle Néron.
A heartfelt thank you to the evening's title sponsor Travelway Group International and other generous event sponsors, Bentley Leathers, Aéroports de Montréal, Griffintown Media, Westmount Florist, Tony Shoes, MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier, Aldo, Ascenseurs Thyssen Krupp, Fort Insurance, BGL Brokerage, Charles Bronfman, Christie Innomed, The Gainey Foundation, Malcolm Campbell, Metro, Minogue Medical, Senator Leo Kolber, Spiegel Sohmer, Mark & Lisa Smith Foundation, and Vinci Park.
Guests included Westmount Mayor Peter Trent, Dr. Victor Goldbloom, Miriam Green, Joan Ivory, Andy Chelminski, Gino Berretta, Mia Piccinin, Tim & Denise Price, Merne Price, Pam Price, Karma Hallward, Sandra, Tony, Cathy & Rob Fargnoli, Margot McFarlane Hall, Barb Molson, Tom Milroy, Diane & Doug Deruchie, Sue & Jawaid Khan, Kathy Nikidis, Véronique Courey, Bruce & Suzanne Shadeed, Virginia Shadeed, Mark Saykaly, Karen Aziz and David Johnson, Kathy Aziz & Jim McLeod, Peter Aziz, Andrea Casgrain, Claire Casgrain, Warren Allmand, Rick & Susan Hart, Leslie & Brian Dunn, Joanne Rudy, Anna Burgos, Jeff Shamie, Ingrid & David Bryson, Louis Séguin & Ingrid Stefancic, Paul Yachnin, Linda Sutherland, Jocelyne Verreault, Dominic Taddeo, Richard Sutton, Judy & Michael Martin, Jim & Pam Luck, Gloria Galardo, Cindy Brownstein & Stewart Black, Charles Mappin, Robert Franklin, Caroline Savoy, Marc Germain, Jim Barrière, Eddy Heffernan, Helen Reece & Rob Brodrick, Dr. Roger Guy & Sheila Hanrahan, Richard Verreault, Joanne Mastro, Dr. Eleanor Hew, John Roumeliotis, Stephen Roumeliotis, François Landry, Anne Adams, Sylvie Auger, Len & Joan Carpenter, George Alevisatos, Ronnie Del Papa, Pierrette Sévigny & Richard McConomy, Joe Cacciatore, Leonardo Panunto, and many more!
A very special thanks to the incredible support from the QEHC staff, especially Irene Tschernomor, Sarah Malka and Ruth Pelletier.
To view photos from our 9th annual Wine Tasting event click here.