Spring gala a fun, festive way to support cancer center

YARMOUTH (April 24, 2008) – Guests attending the 4th annual Yarmouth Hospital Foundation Spring Gala  will  have the opportunity to support a new cancer center at our Regional Health Center while enjoying the festive theme this year of  —  Carnevale!

“The evening will feature fine food, entertainment and fundraising through a live and silent auction and a variety of on site games.” says Suzanne Babin Muise. All proceeds from the event will go to the new cancer center.

The Spring Gala with its Venetian theme will be black tie optional and take place Saturday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rodd Grand Convention Centre.

Bruce Rainnie, host of CBC News at Six, the supper-hour news program in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, will emcee the event.  He is known as the voice of CBC Sports in Atlantic Canada and has worked with CBC Sports during coverage of all Olympic Games since 2000. 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, relaxing piano music,  live auction, silent auction, the popular  Balloon Blitz (with a chance to win a $2,000 Canadian Tire gift certificate), and  Diamond Draw (with a chance to win a dinner ring valued at $3,700 compliments of Crescent Gold & Diamonds).

Presenting sponsor Rodd Hotels and Resorts is pleased to highlight the talents of their new Executive Chef, Trevor Cunningham.   Cunningham is an honors graduate from the Culinary Institute of Canada and former restaurateur.  He will be working with his team to prepare a memorable and enjoyable dining experience.  The evening  includes appetizers, a complimentary glass of bubbly, a four-course meal with a choice of planked salmon with sun dried tomato marinade and potato croquettes or Italian stuffed chicken breast with Marinara sauce and mélange of rice as an entree, and complimentary wine.

To date, the annual gala has raised over $125,000.00 for items such as CT Scan, MRI, and dialysis machines.

Tickets to the spring gala 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.