If you were in a New York state of mind Thursday, the Infinity Convention Centre was the place to be. That’s where St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa held its annual soirée, A Night on the Town: New York, New York, in support of the long-term care facility.
And with such a strong turnout of seniors from St. Pat’s, you could say the Big Apple was a Granny Smith.
Organizers gave guests a feel for one of the most vibrant places in the world, from Central Park in cherry blossom season, to the bright lights of Broadway, to the bustling boroughs of a city that never sleeps. Guests were also taken on a culinary journey with food stations representing different NYC neighbourhoods.
While the annual soirée draws some of St. Pat's most loyal community of supporters, it’s also a chance for the 24-hour care facility to raise awareness among its corporate sponsors. The facility, which been around since 1865, is home to 288 residents.
“It’s good for people to get to know the spirit of St. Pat’s but also to know why we fundraise and how that really makes a difference,” Meg Friedman, who took over as executive director of the St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa Foundation last September, told OBJ.social.
Spotted at the event was St. Pat’s board member Douglas McNeill, a director with U.K.-based construction consultancy firm Turner & Townsend. Philip Brock was there as chair of the foundation board, joined by vice chair Rosa Iuliano from public accounting and consulting firm Baker Tilly, and Kelly Santini law partner Peter Hamilton, who’s also on the foundation board.
CTV’s Michael O’Byrne was back to emcee the evening and to help auction off such items as the always popular dinner for eight at the official residence of the Irish ambassador, in Rockcliffe Park.
Organizers were hoping to net $50,000. Money raised from A Night on the Town will go toward a number of St. Pat’s programs, including its spiritual and palliative care programs, music therapy and musical performances, social and community engagement activities, and the refurbishment of St. Pat's family garden.