SLIDESHOW: Big appetite for supporting MS Society

CORNWALL, Ontario – There’s only one problem with ticket prices for the annual Italian Night fundraiser – the cause is so worthy, the price should be higher.

“They should charge more than $25. Everyone has such a great time, they would still come out and support it,” said Gabrielle Williamson at the MS Society of Cornwall & District event on Friday (Jan. 15).

For five years, her family has reunited at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #297 building in Cornwall for Italian Night.

“It’s becoming a tradition,” said Williamson.

Some travelled from the Ottawa area, others as far as Kemptville. A few arrived three hours early to get the perfect spot. And one relative celebrated a birthday, as showcased by the group’s colourful masquerade masks and party decorations in the standing-room only crowd of over 300 people (another sold-out edition).

“We enjoy this event so much, especially since it helps support the community,” she said.

Italian Night featured volunteer servers sporting the latest in mafioso apparel manning a larger-than-life buffet and live entertainment provided by the Kealey-Greer All Star Band.

The event typically collects about $5,000. The final tally hasn’t been released.

Karen Torrie-Racine, volunteer office manager for the local non-profit organization, says the dollars raised will assist in providing quality client services, such as home care, alarm care, mobility aids, and equipment.

Since they receive no government funding, the local MS Society chapter relies on community support.

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