The Roma Club of Leamington was transformed into an elegant, colourful ballroom on Saturday June 4, as the Erie Shores Health Foundation held its 26th Gala with a sold out crowd in attendance.
The hard work of the gala committee paid off as over $331,000 was netted in support of the foundation.
Countless hours of preparation and planning went into the larger-than-life event, complete with beautiful displays of artwork, lighting, floral arrangements and even colourful showgirls on stilts.
Gala26 — an evening of art and friendship — was presented by WFCU Credit Union, as well as ultimate sponsors BMO, Double Diamond Farms, Tilray and Uni-Fab, with numerous other sponsors lending their support to the worthy cause.
Dave Hunter, one half of the Dave and Chuck The Freak Show on 101.1 WRIF radio, served as the live auctioneer for that portion of the evening, and Sonny Borrelli, regional director for the Miss Universe Pageant, served as emcee for the evening.
The evening was highlighted by Toronto abstract artist Julie Amlin, who painted live on stage, creating a piece of art that was then auctioned off. Amlin, who was born in Leamington, wore a white dress that took on the colours of her artwork as she painted. Many of her pieces were displayed throughout the venue.
“Thank you doesn’t begin to express how much gratitude and appreciation we have for all of our sponsors, volunteers and guests who made GALA26 a night to remember,” said ESHF CEO Christine Colautti. “In addition to raising enormous support for the hospital, the evening celebrated long awaited fellowship and connections among our community. You could definitely feel the love!’
Founded in 1992, the Erie Shores Health Foundation raises funds for Erie Shores HealthCare and Hospice Erie Shores Campus in Essex County. Since the Ministry of Health does not fund that the total costs for Hospital and Hospice, the Foundation works to ensure funding needs are met through raising awareness and support from community donations.