Sunset Party Patio Fundraiser “Soldiered On” for wounded Canadian veterans

Mary McCann, Special to TC Media
Sunset Party Patio Fundraiser “Soldiered On” for wounded Canadian veterans
Organizers (from left to right): Caitlin Wilson

CORNWALL, Ontario – The Sunset Party Patio Fundraiser was held Saturday, Aug. 13 from 6-9 p.m. in the All Ranks Mess Hall at the Nav Canada Centre in Cornwall. The event included a meal, a speaker, a silent auction, and live music by Mena Hardy.

Organized by Exsellence Team Realty Brokerage in conjunction with Investago Realty in Ottawa, all funds will be donated to the Soldier On fund, a Canadian charity which provides funds for Canadian veterans that suffer from wounds, PTSD or other related difficulties and help their recovery. Having been inspired by a client, the owner of Investago Realty, whose spouse spent time in Afghanistan and suffered from Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome, members of Exsellence Team Realty chose to direct this year’s fundraiser to aiding soldiers. “We thought it would be a great fund to support. Not a lot of charities in this area are directed that way (towards supporting troops), and we felt that this was something that was good, and at the same time, we had somebody who has been directly impacted,” shared Vicki Vanderveen and Hana Novotny, owners of Exsellence and organizers of the event. Vanderveen also hoped that veterans in the area would attend the event in order to support the cause through their community.

“Historically, you hear that stress or mental issues aren’t really recognised as much as they can be, and it’s a little bit of a stigma, but it’s about time that people are stepping forward and recognising that these are legitimate injuries and they deserve the help that they’re getting through this kind of charity” offered Derek McEwen, also a member of Exsellence Team Realty.

This is Excellence’s second charity event, the first being for Hospice Cornwall which served to raise over $13, 000.

To contact Exsellence Team Realty Brokerage: Tel. 613-935-5777 or visit

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