United Way receives generous donation at St. Andrew’s annual banquet

Marc Benoit, Special to TC Media
United Way receives generous donation at St. Andrew’s annual banquet
United Way representatives Bill Makinson and Lori Greer were in attendance at the annual St. Andrew's Day Feast celebration on Sat. Dec. 3.

CORNWALL, Ontario – The annual St. Andrew’s Day Feast celebration was held at at the Cornwall armoury on the evening of Saturday, December 3, 2016, as the SDG Highlanders regiment put together another great evening of fine dining and entertainment.

The annual dinner is a tradition for Highlander regiments across the globe, 

“It’s a tradition celebrated in many countries around the world, and because we’re a Highland regiment we honour that tradition every year,” said SDG Highlanders regiment spokesperson for the evening, Justin Towndale. “It’s a chance for us to get together as the holidays are approaching and celebrate a great Scottish tradition. We get to get together as a unit, and with members of the public, and have a good time.”

The St. Andrew’s Feast banquet organizers and Highlanders regiment are proud of their Scottish roots, and it shows in the itinerary for the evening. Maintaining the longstanding tradition of haggis eating, singing the ode to the haggis, and bagpipe playing are just some of the ways that the evening keeps our regional heritage alive. 

“It’s a roguish good time,”  said Towndale. 

The event was originally organized as a formal ball, however, in recent years organizers have turned more towards a banquet style set up. However, one thing that hasn’t changed over the years is the Highlanders commitment to the SDG community through generous donations. This year’s recipient of the Highlander’s charitable giving is the United Way campaign. 

We were really pleased to find out we’d be the charity benefitting,” said United Way SDG executive director, Lori Greer. “It’s a long standing event that gives to different charities, so we’re thrilled. We’re thrilled to be here.” 

Past recipients of the funds have included Wounded Warriors, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Hospital Foundation. Tickets for the evening were $65 per person, and the event included a prime rib (or vegetarian) dinner, accompanied by performances from local talent. 

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