Masquer-aid back for fourth year

Nick Seebruch
Masquer-aid back for fourth year
The fourth annual Masqueraid fundraiser is April 1.

CORNWALL, Ontario – For the fourth year, Cornwall’s Masquer-aid fundraiser in support of the Candlelighters promises to be a fun evening for a good cause.

This year, this growing event will take place at the Ramada on April 1. Tickets are $75 and are available at Scotiabank.

Over the past four years, Masquer-aid has raised about $70, 000 in support of the Candlelighters, a support program for  parents who are helping their children fight childhood cancer.

This year, the honourary chair of the event is Chris Munro.

"When I was going through this in the 90s, candlelighters was a very grassroots organization," she said. "Now it has grown so much and supports so many families."

The Candlelighters help with all sorts of expenses that childhood cancer treatment can incur, such has parking costs at CHEO, which in a 30 day month over a 10 month period can add up to $3, 900.

According to last year’s Masquer-aid Chairperson, Catherine Heenan, in our area, at least one child every week will be diagnosed with cancer. The Candlelighters help those families deal with that devastating news by helping remove some of the financial pressures.

Masquer-aid was started by Dr. Raji Menan has a way to give back on her birthday four years ago. A group of dedicated volunteers have kept it going ever since.

This year, the event starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Ramada Inn. Masks will be provided before cocktail hour. There will be a live and silent auction as well.

At the end of the evening, Miller Hughes is offering a shuttle service home for guests.

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