OTTAWA – The 2009 Bell Sens Soirée, the premier fundraising event of the Sens Foundation, has raised more than $300,000 for local charities. The money raised will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Fondation du CSSS de Gatineau, Fondation de l'Hôpital Montfort, Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, Ottawa Rotary Home Foundation and Roger’s House.
This jazz-themed event provided more than 650 guests with the opportunity to try out their blackjack and roulette skills - with president and CEO Roy Mlakar and Senators players acting as celebrity hosts - bid on some spectacular auction items and enjoy a gourmet meal. Renowned Canadian jazz pianist Brian Browne and jazz vocalist Diane White took to the main stage to entertain guests during the dinner portion of the evening. Guests also enjoyed an “After Party”, presented by Ernst & Young, while enjoying Big Band jazz and dancing.
“The success of this year’s Bell Sens Soirée event is a testimony to the support we have in our many corporate partners and table purchasers who have joined us in a pledge to ensure the children and youth of our community have access to the best healthcare services available in the region”, said Sens Foundation president Danielle Robinson.
”In May 2006, Bell and the Sens Foundation announced a five-year commitment to raise $1 million for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Funds raised at the 2009 Bell Sens Soirée mark the halfway point in this commitment, and play an important part in ensuring our community is a supportive and hopeful place for children and their families”, said Bell vice president of professional services Gary Cameron.
Since 1992, the Ottawa Senators and the Sens Foundation, through their annual dinner/soirée event, have provided more than $1.9 million to charities in the region.
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