Gala Dinner & Auction 2011

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Shamrocks of the Rock - A Celebration of Irish Heritage in Newfoundland

Our 2011 Gala Dinner and Auction was held on Saturday, March 19 at the Sheraton! The theme for the year was "Shamrocks of the Rock - A Celebration of Irish Heritage in Newfoundland."

We were very pleased to have as our Patron for 2011 Dr. Pat Parfrey. Dr. Parfrey is renowned for his work in the medical profession as well as his devotion to the sport of rugby on both the provincial and national levels. He is also an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Our principal charity in 2011 was the Hoyles Escasoni Complex, and in particular, a $50,000 donation for the purchase of pressure-relief mattresses for this facility. These mattresses, while providing other benefits, greatly increase the comfort of those who are confined to bed for an extended period. Cost per mattress ranges from $4,000 - $7,000. Proceeds from the auction were also used to fund the ongoing projects of The Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest.

Our event followed a similar formula to past years, with a champagne reception followed by dinner and some words from our Patron. A performance by Fergus O'Byrne provided a strong Irish flavour to the event, while a fantastic array of unique and valuable items were available for bidding and winning through our raffles, and live and silent auctions.

A Chara (pronounced Oh-Core-Oh) provided a great blend of Irish, dance and party music as our dance rolled into the wee hours of the morning. With a repertoire that included the standard Irish fare as well as Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, the Eagles, as well as a great version of Hey Soul Sister by Train, they were a great hit!

When everything was tallied, the 2011 Gala Dinner & Auction proved to be our most successful yet, with over $100,000 raised! Thank you to our devoted and hard-working 2011 Auction Committee:

Charlie Stacey, Jim Burton, Claude Sullivan, Tom McCaughey, Andrea Stack, Heddy Peddle, Doug Bennett, Philip Osbourne, Gail Gosse, Wendy Scammell, Pete Mercer, Sandra Patterson, Liv-Terese Martyn, Nick Collingwood, and Guido Del Rizzo.

And thank you to each of you who supported this very worthwhile and fun event!

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A very sincere thank you to our fabulous Sponsors...