In photos: Sens Soirée raises $239K for Ottawa youth

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Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk at the Senators Soirée gala held Nov. 23, 2019. All photos by Matt Stewart
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Ottawa Senators players stepped off the ice and into crisp suits at the Senators Soirée gala Saturday evening, which aims to get youth in the Ottawa area the support they need to participate in sports.

More than 550 people attended the annual fundraising event, a partnership of the Sens hockey club and the Ottawa Senators Foundation with sponsors Ferguslea Properties and Bell.

Attendees raised $238,715 through the event, which was boosted by a silent auction that included such items as a safari excursion in South Africa, a video game battle with two members of the Sens roster and a chance to appear in the Senators’ official 2019-20 team photo.

The event’s proceeds will go to support kids and teens through the Sens’ Top Prospects program, which helps local youth attend summer camp, learn how to skate, attend post-secondary schools and receive physical and mental health treatment.

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Ottawa Senator Anders Nilsson and wife Emelie at the Sens Soirée gala held Nov. 23, 2019.
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Ottawa Senator Mark Borowiecki and wife Tara at the Sens Soirée gala held Nov. 23, 2019.
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Ottawa Senator Craig Anderson and wife Nicholle at the Sens Soirée gala held Nov. 23, 2019.
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Ottawa Senator Brady Tkachuk and girlfriend Emma at the Sens Soirée gala held Nov. 23, 2019.
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Peter MacTavish, assistant general manager of the Senator, with his wife Melanie Griffin, Mélanie Baillargeon, wife of the Sens GM Pierre Dorion.
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Carole Allard,dental assistant at Gloucester Dental Centre, and Nicole Meekin, foreman at Excel Contracts.
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Barbara Crook speaks on behalf of her husband, Ferguslea Properties president Dan Greenberg, at the Sens Soirée gala held Nov. 23, 2019.
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Bernie Forestell, consultant at Outcare Foundation, and Alison Forestell, executive director at CMA Foundation.
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Danielle Robinson, president of the Sens Foundation, Dan Greenberg, president of Ferguslea, and his wife, Barbara Crook, Melanie Baillargeon, wife of Sens GM Pierre Dorion, Christie Smith, wife of Sens head coach, D.J Smith.
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Randi Sherman, wife of Ian Sherman, vice-chair of the Sens Foundation, with Donna and James Baker, founders of the Keynote Group. 
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Goldy Hyder, president and CEO of the Business Council of Canada and board chair of the Sens Foundation, Ottawa Senator Anthony Duclair and Danielle Robinson, president of the Sens Foundation.