Inaugural gala a fun, festive way to support MRI Campaign

YARMOUTH (April 6, 2005) – The Yarmouth Hospital Foundation has the cure for any lingering blues from the long winter – its inaugural Spring Gala.

“The evening will feature fine food, fabulous entertainment and fundraising,” says Yarmouth Hospital Foundation chair David Arenburg. All proceeds from the event go to the MRI Campaign.

The Spring Gala with its Spring Fantasy theme will be black tie optional and take place Wednesday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rodd Grand Convention Centre.

“We are excited about the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation Spring Gala as a new event for Yarmouth,” says Mr. Arenburg. “With Bruce Rainnie as emcee, you know it will be a fun night and entertaining too.”

Bruce Rainnie is the host of CBC News: Canada Now, the supper-hour news program in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He is known as the voice of CBC Sports in Atlantic Canada and has worked with CBC Sports during coverage of the 2000, 2002, and 2004 Olympic Games. In March of 2004, he researched, co-produced, and hosted Great Expectations, a half-hour primetime documentary on hockey sensation Sidney Crosby.

Mr. Rainnie came to the CBC from CJLS Radio where he hosted the morning show from 1989 to 1995. While at CJLS, he received a Canadian Radio Award for Inventive Broadcasting and was twice named Citizen of the Year (1993, 1994) for his volunteer work in the community.

Mr. Rainnie will keep the evening moving on a night that will feature a fine menu, a performance by ECMA winner Kendra MacGillivray, background music by the local quartet Jazzotica, a live auction, a silent auction, the Balloon Blitz (with a chance to win a $2,000 Canadian Tire gift certificate), and the Diamond Draw (with a chance to win a dinner ring valued at $3,000 compliments of Crescent Jewelers).

Presenting sponsor Rodd Grand Yarmouth is ensuring people will be tapping their feet and clapping their hands with a performance by Celtic fiddler Kendra MacGillivray following the meal. Ms. MacGillivray was the 2002 ECMA “Female Artist of the Year” and “Instrumental Artist of the Year.” She has performed at festivals & events around the world.

She plays the music of her Scottish ancestors with energy and passion. Recently, she has performed with Philip Glass & Friends in concert at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Symphony Nova Scotia in the Maritime Pops Series, Atlantic Scene Festival in Ottawa, Villa Montalvo in California and was a featured performer in DRUM!, the musical in Halifax. She was also featured in a CBS movie Heart of a Stranger, starring Jane Seymour.

The meal includes appetizers, a complimentary glass of bubbly, a three-course meal with a choice of Cornish hen or seafood medley as an entree, and complimentary wine.

Tickets are $125 per plate and are available at the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation office by calling 749-1669. Tax receipts will be issued for approximately half the ticket price.