by bronco, posted on 1:18 PM, June 7, 2010
Despite the blustery, January-like weather, our annual Dinner on the Patio fundraiser to help Send a Kid to Camp was a great success.
Through the generosity of the many organizations and individuals who donated prizes for the silent auction, Sysco Foods' donation of all of the food, WestJet's contribution of an all inclusive travel voucher for a flight for two to anywhere in WestJet's world, board donations, and Gordie Brown's spectacular shearing (see pictures), we managed to raise $5300.00 during the evenings festivities.
Thanks to everyone who contributed time to the event, but particularly to Sasamat Community Board member, Nell Sem, who made sure the rest of us were organized, Nadia Martini and her great kitchen staff who made sure the food was fabulous, John Sheehan, our Sysco rep, who once again volunteered his time to be the master of the barbeque, and to Pat Kaufmann, our Operation's Manager, who was the smiling beverage server for the evening.
This year's prize donors were:
Valder Belgrave Pat Kaufmann Linda Kentfield
Patrick Mann Sheri Parke Lucy Dente
WJS Barb Cartier Roy Johnson
Ekhart Tolle and Kim Eng LaSalle Fencing Studio
Ausenco Home Office Justice Institute of BC
DBM Automotive Joanne Cole
Country Excavating and Services Wings Pub
Barbara Cartier Lina Martini Nadia Martini
News Group Pat Anderson Insurance Group
This year's winner of the WestJet travel voucher was Nancy Kelvin. Nancy picked up her prize last week and couldn't have been happier. Congratulations Nancy!
Previous WestJet winners, Terry Stanway and Linda Eng were both at this year's event. Linda had just returned from her WestJet trip to sunny Hawaii where she bicycled around the islands.
The Shearing of Gordie Brown was a lot of fun and raised almost $250.00 from people eager to see the last of Gordie's mop. Gordie, a long time member of Sasamat's kitchen staff, wanted to do something special to celebrate cutting his locks after six years without a haircut. Raising funds to help Send a Kid to Camp was special indeed. Sasamat's ED, Bronco Cathcart, had the pleasure of handling the shears.