Rolling the dice against cancer at Welch LLP Grand Casino night for Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation

Fourth annual fundraiser supports cancer-coaching programs and clinical trials and research into deadly disease
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The Grand Casino, presented by Welch LLP and the Welch Legacy Foundation, returned to the Shaw Centre on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, to raise funds for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.
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All bets were on helping cancer patients in our community as hundreds turned out Friday night to Welch LLP's Grand Casino night, held at the Shaw Centre in aid of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

It was the fourth year that the Ottawa-based chartered professional accounting firm has hosted the charity casino night. The popular networking event, which added a masquerade twist, usually raises between $20,000 and $25,000.

Disclaimer: no children’s education funds nor mortgage payments were put at risk during any point in the evening. Participants received $500 in Welch play money to purchase gambling chips, which could later be cashed in to try and win prizes.

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From left, Lynne Santerre, media relations officer at Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, with Henry Tang, account executive at Google, Giselle Bergeron-Raganold, virtual CFO Andrew Bailes, Corel Corporation senior counsel Dana Dingman, and Bruce Raganold, director of business development at Welch LLP and partner at Welch Capital Partners, at The Grand Casino night for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Photo by Caroline Phillips

On hand to officially welcome everyone was Welch LLP managing partner Micheal Burch. He spoke of how the evening is meant to take the company’s core value of caring for others and combine it with his personal favourite: fun. 

He thanked the business sponsors and attendees for coming out and supporting the cause.

“You’re making a huge difference and we’re very grateful that you’re here,” said Burch.

The evening was organized by the firm's marketing team.

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Welch LLP managing partner Micheal Burch is seen with his firm's marketing team, from left: Marlee Stein, marketing and communications director Connie Hollett, event coordinator Brittany Leach and Stefanie Burch, at The Grand Casino. Photo by Caroline Phillips

While on the subject of gambling and odds, one in two Canadians is expected to develop cancer during their lifetime and one out of four Canadians is expected to die from the disease, according to the Canadian Cancer Society. 

Welch’s advisory firm, Welch Capital Partners (formerly Welch Group Consulting), is led by Candace Enman, who’s on the board of directors at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. 

Representing the cancer foundation that night was John Ouellette, vice president of philanthropy. The non-profit organization is honoured to be the charity of choice for Welch LLP and its Welch Legacy Foundation, he told OBJ.social.

“There are so many wonderful charities in the community, and for them to put their trust in us, it’s something that means a lot and we’re going to honour that by helping people in the community with clinical trials and research and helping families through cancer coaching,” said Ouellette.

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John Ouellette, vice-president at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, with his 15-year-old daughter, Julianne, and Candace Enman, president of Welch Capital Partners, at The Grand Casino, held at the Shaw Centre on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in support of the cancer foundation.

About 600 families benefit each year from the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation’s free cancer-coaching programs, which is paid for through philanthropy. It helps individuals diagnosed with the disease, as well as their family members, through their cancer journey. It also provides education and support for people who are post-treatment and ready to return to work.

“With Welch celebrating their 100 anniversary last year, they continue to be a real leader in this community, and demonstrate that they’re committed to organizations that are helping their friends, neighbours, associates and clients,” Ouellette also said.

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From left, Meridian Credit Union vice president Jason Teal with branch manager Jennifer Albert and Rafik Gabriel, regional vice president of business banking at The Grand Casino, held at the Shaw Centre on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Among the many who were out supporting the event from the business community were: Meridian Credit Union regional vice-president Rafik Gabriel, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall co-chairman and partner Aaron Rubinoff, Ottawa Business Journal publisher Michael Curran, affable emcee Matt Jacques, who's a sales representative with Royal LePage Commercial Realty, and Tea and Toast CEO and founder Amy Friesen, who won this year both a WBN Businesswoman of the Year award and Forty Under 40 award. A couple of her fellow BYA finalists were also there: Stayci Keetch and Lynn Ferron.

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From left, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall associates Alana Mar, Brian Kells, Courtney March and Brianna Mayes with co-chairman and law partner Aaron Rubinoff, at The Grand Casino, held at the Shaw Centre on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Tea and Toast CEO and founder Amy Friesen with fellow 2019 Forty Under 40 recipient Heather Desjardins, founder and owner of The Open Door Educational Services, at The Grand Casino, held at the Shaw Centre on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Keynote Group co-founder and CEO James Baker with Ted Carty, vice-president of business development at Grade A, and Ron Smith, vice-president of business development for RBC, at The Grand Casino. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Kelly Santini LLP partner Michael Leaver with Matt Jacques from Royal LePage Commercial Realty, at Welch LLP's​​​​ Grand Casino, held at the Shaw Centre on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Ashley Hopkins, CEO of Paradigm Properties, is flanked by a pair of 2019 Forty Under 40 award winners: Stayci Keetch, left, the new director of communications for the CHEO Research Institute, and Joanne Kudakiewicz, wealth advisor at Yorkville Asset Management, at The Grand Casino. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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2019 WBN Businesswoman of the Year finalist Lynn Ferron, principal practice leader and registered interior designer in HOK's Ottawa office, with Brian Johnson, a partner at Cleland Jardine Engineering, at The Grand Casino. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Welch LLP partner Jim McConnery with Welch Capital Partners managing director Stephen May and Oliver Yoon at The Grand Casino. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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The Grand Casino, presented by Welch LLP and the Welch Legacy Foundation, returned to the Shaw Centre on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, to raise funds for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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The Grand Casino, presented by Welch LLP and the Welch Legacy Foundation, returned to the Shaw Centre on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, to raise funds for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Andrea Bertignoll from Recruiting in Motion at the blackjack table alongside Mike Cleland, co-founder and co-owner of Cleland Jardine Engineering, at The Grand Casino, held at the Shaw Centre on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Photo by Caroline Phillips

- caroline@obj.ca