Montfort Hospital Foundation scores big on fun with casual afternoon benefit featuring Ottawa Fury

Fury for the Heart raises $50,000 for hospital's campaign to buy specialized cardiac CT scanner

The Ottawa Fury soccer club set its game face aside to embrace a unique new fundraiser, Fury for the Heart, held Sunday afternoon in support of the Montfort Hospital Foundation.

More than 200 attendees got to leave their neck ties and cocktail dresses at home for a fun afternoon of mingling, in shorts, sneakers and soccer jerseys that came personalized with their corporate name on the back, while at Stonefields Event Destination, a beautiful 120-acre heritage farm located near Carleton Place. 

Each dinner table was paired up with an Ottawa Fury member to compete against the other teams in a soccer skills competition. The Need for Speed Test, for example, clocked the speed of a kicked soccer ball with a police radar gun (just one of the advantages of having Ottawa’s police chief, Charles Bordeleau there; he's on the Montfort Hospital Foundation board).

“It was a really good time,” Fury team captain Lance Rozeboom told OBJ.social afterward. “It was relaxing and enjoyable. It’s good to hang out and meet new people.”

The athletes managed to resist keeping their eyes only on the prize, which, in this case, was a soccer ball trophy later handed out by Ottawa Fury president John Pugh, who's also a partner at OSEG.

“I put my competitive juices aside,” said player Eddie Edward, who was just happy to be giving back to the community, particularly since Ottawa is his hometown. He went to St. Joseph High School in Barrhaven.

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Lisa McDermott, senior client relationship manager of commercial banking for Scotiabank, with Fury player Eddie Edward, a native of Ottawa, at the Fury for the Heart benefit for the Montfort Hospital Foundation, held at Stonefields Event Destination on Sunday, June 25, 2017. (Photo by Caroline Phillips) 

 

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From left, Dr. Bernard Leduc, president and CEO of the Montfort Hospital, with its hospital foundation president and CEO, Christine Sigouin, Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau and Chantal Mercier, who's on the hospital's board of trustees, in matching sunglasses handed out at the Fury for the Heart benefit held at Stonefields on Sunday, June 25, 2017. (Photo by Caroline Phillips)
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From left, Stephanie Cartwright with Allison Lahey, Paul Smeaton, Alex Garigue and Brandi Dalglish, representing The Properties Group team, at the Fury for the Heart fundraiser for the Montfort Hospital Foundation, held at Stonefields Event Destination on Sunday, June 25, 2017. (Photo by Caroline Phillips)

What’s a soccer event without some traditional English weather, as emcee Mike Pearson, the PA announcer for the Ottawa Fury, pointed out. A rain shower interrupted the soccer contest about mid-way through. No disappointment was expressed by the folks who'd yet to compete in The Gauntlet obstacle course, with its 10 daunting burpees.

Scottish-born head coach Paul Dalglish had this tongue-in-cheek comment to say about his experience out on the field: “It’s only cheating if you get caught.”

Special guests included Dalglish’s father, Liverpool and Scotland soccer hero Kenny Dalglish.

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Ottawa Fury head coach Paul Dalglish competes in The Gauntlet obstacle course at the Fury for the Heart fundraiser for the Montfort Hospital Foundation, held at Stonefields Event Destination near Carleton Place on Sunday, June 25, 2017. (Photo by Caroline Phillips)
 
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Ottawa Fury president John Pugh, who's also a partner at OSEG, with his wife, Christine, and Marina Dalglish and British soccer legend Kenny Dalglish at the Fury for the Heart benefit for the Montfort Hospital, held at Stonefields Event Destination near Carleton Place on Sunday, June 25, 2017. (Photo by Caroline Phillips)

Guests kept dry in the elegant event barn. There was a live music from a bunch of Canterbury High School students. What really got the crowd cheering like a lifelong soccer fan whose team had just won was the impromptu rap performance by Fury goalkeeper Callum Irving and Fury midfielder Sergio Manesio. Not only were they entertaining but they raised a few bucks for charity.

All the players were individually introduced to the crowd by the coach, who had interesting tidbits to say about each one of them.

The sold-out benefit, presented by TD, brought in about $50,000 for the hospital foundation’s campaign to raise $2.5 million for a cardiac CT scanner. The campaign is chaired by well-known defence lawyer Lawrence Greenspon, who was also the charity auctioneer.

As well, on display was oral surgeon Hassan Moghadam's 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, which looked like something out of a James Bond movie. He later auctioned off a chance to drive the rare classic of a car around that night. Ottawa dentist Jaideep Lal offered $500 to press the pedal to the metal.

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Ottawa Fury player Kyle Venter with, from left, Raj Narula, founder and CEO of Inca Synergies, and Dr. Jaideep Lal at the Fury for the Heart benefit for the Montfort Hospital Foundation, held at Stonefields Event Destination on Sunday, June 25, 2017. (Photo by Caroline Phillips)

The reason the Montfort Hospital Foundation came to be at Stonefields was because its foundation president and CEO, Christine Sigouin, had successfully applied to be the recipient of Stonefield's annual free charity giveaway. 

The event committee was led by Ottawa dentist Nalin Bhargava, principal dentist at Southgate Dental and team dentist for the Fury, RedBlacks and 67’s. He has a real knack for voluntarily organizing large-scale charity events, having created the Maharaja’s Ball and Tiki Beach Gala.

“I’m ecstatic, because something like this has never been tried in Ottawa,” he told OBJ.social. “A summer gala, a participatory gala, a non-black-tie gala. To get this started was a little bit of a task but the one thing I noticed here today is that everyone had fun.”

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Ottawa dentist Nalin Bhargava, seen with Ottawa Fury player Andrae Campbell, chaired the Fury for the Heart benefit for the Montfort Hospital Foundation at Stonefields Event Destination on Sunday, June 25, 2017. (Photo by Caroline Phillips)
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Fury captain Lance Rozeboom with Jennifer Thompson and Ben Sherman, director of leasing at Richcraft Group of Companies, at the Fury for the Heart benefit for the Montfort Hospital, held at Stonefields Event Destination on Sunday, June 25, 2017. (Photo by Caroline Phillips)
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Ottawa Fury player Sito Seoane with KPMG partner Mahesh Mani and his wife, Deepali, at the Fury for the Heart benefit for the Montfort Hospital, held at Stonefields Event Destination on Sunday, June 25, 2017. (Photo by Caroline Phillips)

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