Presented by RBC Royal Bank, this year’s Gala will highlight a Roaring 20’s theme and continue it’s impressive track-record of raising important funds for our community.
“It’s the can’t-miss event of the year for the west end,” said Nyle Kelly, general manager of the hotel, resort and conference centre, located in the heart of the Kanata North tech hub. “It’ll be like nothing anyone has seen before, for sure.”
The splashy party is hosted in partnership with Wesley Clover Foundation, the philanthropic arm of global investment management firm Wesley Clover International.
Its founder and chairman is legendary tech entrepreneur and Brookstreet owner Sir Terry Matthews, who will be hosting an exclusive VIP reception with sponsors, including the gala’s presenting sponsor RBC Royal Bank.
The first Gala was held back in 2003 to mark the grand opening of Brookstreet. It was such a hit that Matthews decided to make it an annual event. “It just kind of grew from there,” said Nyle, while adding that the gala attracts close to 600 people, many who are members of the Kanata North business community.
Over the years, Lumière has raised more than $1.1 million for various non-profit organizations. The Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) Foundation is particularly honoured to be chosen as the beneficiary during this year’s milestone anniversary, the first one since the pandemic.
“QCH provides essential medical services to residents of Ottawa, particularly the west end, which is continuing to grow rapidly,” said Nyle. “The funds raised will be vital in helping to provide essential equipment and devices, and in ensuring the most advanced medical services are available to our community.”
Many folks living in the city’s west end have a personal connection to QCH and to the “first-class care” that it delivers, he pointed out. “The QCH facility and team have been there for myself and my family over the past 20 years. My children were born there.”
When it comes to galas, Lumière is famous for its fabulous food and drinks. Brookstreet Hotel executive chef Konstantinos Kamarinos is planning a menu inspired by the Roaring Twenties, featuring such ingredients as champagne-poached black tiger shrimp, Mariposa farm duck leg confit and bison tenderloin.
All the tasty dishes and desserts will be served at multiple food and drink stations located throughout the venue.
Instead of the usual fireworks, attendees of this year’s Lumière can expect to be entertained by a lively Roaring 20s theme. “We’re excited about doing something new,” said Nyle.
Lumière will also be raising funds for QCH Foundation through a silent and live auction. The always-popular vacation to Terry Matthews’ five-star Celtic Manor Resort in Wales will be up for grabs again this year. So will an Ottawa Senators suite package and custom live-edge wood table.
For more information about this year’s Lumière Gala or to purchase tickets please visit qchfoundation.ca/Lumiere.