Don't worry, nobody blew their child’s college fund or lost their home at the Welch Grand Casino Night held Wednesday at the Shaw Centre.
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, Welch LLP brought back its gambling-themed benefit. The evening raised nearly $25,000 for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.
The 500-plus attendees were given $500 in funny money to use at the gaming tables and toward the purchase of raffle tickets for various prize packages.
On hand to officially welcome everyone was Micheal Burch, managing partner of Ottawa-based accounting firm Welch.
The evening's proceeds will help the cancer foundation with both its cancer coaching services offered to those individuals diagnosed with cancer, and its back-to-work program. It provides education and support to help those cancer survivors transitioning back into the workplace after undergoing cancer treatment.
It is common for people to suffer from fatigue and "chemo brain," which is a common term used by cancer survivors to describe thinking and memory problems that can occur after cancer treatment.
Attendees included James Baker, CEO of award-winning recruiting company Keynote Group, and his wife, business partner and co-founder, Donna Baker, along with Heidi Hauver. She recently joined forces with Keynote and has assumed the roles of chief human resources officer and managing partner.
Also spotted was lawyer Lisa Langevin, who made partner earlier this year at Kelly Santini LLP. Langevin has put her name forward for the cancer foundation’s popular charity boxing event. It's looking to add, for its first time, female “white collar” boxers to Fight for the Cure.
Helping to raise money for charity was Peter Waiser’s powerful photographic poster of the late Gord Downie, performing at his last concert in Ottawa. The silent auction item sold for $800.