Two events with long standing traditions in the community joined forces on the weekend to create what might be hailed as the social and fundraising event of the season.
With a common goal, the Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation and the SD&G Highlanders Officers’ Mess welcomed close to 400 people to the Armouries for a formal affair, to raise money for the ongoing To Your Health Campaign.
The evening began with the Hospital’s Annual Wine and Cheese event, followed by The St-Andrew’s Ball, with dinner and dancing.
“This is a true community effort,” said Connie Vardy, executive director at the Cornwall Hospital Foundation. “Everyone wants to pay for the MRI and digital urology table. We’re getting very close to our goal; we still have $800,000 or so to go,” she added. “It’s not quite over, but we’re almost there. The community is amazing.”
Second Lieutenant Mathew Eamer, public relations officer for the SD&G Highlanders, was very enthusiastic about the evening. Back in the day, he explained, The St Andrew’s Ball, which began in the late 1940, was the premier event of the season. The event had carried on ever since, but on a much smaller scale, especially in the last 10 years
“We’re really excited to have (the Cornwall Hospital Foundation) bring St Andrew’s Ball back to the way it used to be, many years ago,” said Eamer.
Vardy was overwhelmed by the community’s generosity for their support and sponsorship.
“We appreciate our media partners that help us get the word out. We appreciate Seaway News’ help all through the campaign, said Vardy. “We couldn’t do it without you.”
Among the entertainment throughout the evening were the Governor General’s Foot Guard Celtic Ensemble, the Pipes and Drums of the SD&G Highlanders, The MacCulloch Dancers, Rebecca Skye, and The Brigadoons.
Traditional ceremonial formalities included a toast to H.M. the Queen; a toast to St Andrew and Scotland, The Piper’s Toast and Address to the Haggis.
A dessert buffet donated by all the local bakeries, was followed a delicious dinner by Prestige Catering, then a live auction with auctioneer, Gary Jans.
The Paul Boosamra Trio led the after-dinner dancing.