Passing the Italian torch

Nick Seebruch
Passing the Italian torch
Piers Hemmingsen

CORNWALL, Ontario – After many years of running the popular Italian Night event, the MS Society Cornwall & District Chapter is passing the torch over to the United Way of SD&G.

This year’s Italian Night will be on Friday, Jan. 12 at the Cornwall Legion. Tickets are $25 each and go on sale on Dec. 26 at Rona, the Cornwall Legion and are available through the United Way if contacted at 613-330-6432 or by email at

The MS Society’s Karen Torrie-Racine is retiring as are all current Cornwall & District Chapter MS Society Leadership Volunteers after some 35 years of fundraising and volunteer service. Italian Night along with other MS Society fundraising events in the community will not be supporting the MS Society any longer, hence the passing of the event to a new cause.

“The United Way supports 14 important community programs,” explained Racine. “The MS Society is officially passing the torch to the United Way and we are doing that by passing the Italian flag.”

United Way Executive Director Lori Greer was happy to take up the torch and plan another successful Italian Night.

“We’re thrilled,” she said. “I’ve attended many times. It’s a terrific event. We’re shifting what we’re doing to have events outside of our usual Fall push and this lines up with that.”

Many past volunteers will be coming back and will be working alongside new volunteers from the United Way to make sure that the 10th annual Italian Night is a success.

Also returning this year is the live entertainment in the form of the Kealey-Greer All-Star Band.

There are 300 tickets available and they go quick. Last year’s Italian Night was completely sold out.

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