The 2017 Wine and Cheese Gala is back and this year we have a partnering sponsor The Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park. Stay tuned. We’ll be back with more news soon.
Our 2015 premier fundraising event!
The 2015 Wine & Cheese Gala was held on Friday, April 10th, 8pm-midnight. Our MC this year was comedian Billy Wiegand who hosts a biweekly comedy night in the Junction. We were also pleased to announced the return of the stellar Paul Goudy Jazz Quintet. As always there was a fabulous line up of live & silent auction items and door prizes.
SAY CHEESE ($20,000 worth)!
Wine & Cheese that is. EHP presented its 12th Annual 2013 Wine & Cheese Gala again breaking attendance records and $20,000!!!
An important social event on Roncesvalles, the Gala attracts congregants, neighbours, friends, merchants and dignitaries who enjoy EHP’s hospitality and the wonderful music provided by the Paul Goudy Quintet with amazing singer Cheryl White. Comfy couches, area rugs, candle light, floral bouquets and hanging fabric transformed our gymnasium into a sophisticated cozy cabaret. The live auction was a great success. Heather Baird was our engaging MC and auctioneer Sara Robinson’s contagious enthusiasm really got the crowd bidding in the live auction. New offerings this year included 2 Boxes of Cohiba Behike The World’s Finest Cigars, a wardrobe makeover and dress from Fresh Collective, Collage artwork called Selene and Endymion, by artist Robert Labossiere and Dinner for four with Rev. Anne and Liz. The perennial favourites included: an afternoon of sailing for four with the Mills; lunch or dinner for four at the Boulevard Club with Heather Baird; a family cottage weekend in the Muskokas; Gourmet East-Coast Lobster Dinner for 4 hosted by Mona Webb; a condo weekend at Blue Mountain donated by High Park Real Estate ; from Eddie’s Painting and Decorating and High Park Wallpaper and Paint Centre a professionally-painted room (paint and labour included); and a deluxe bohemian dinner for eight with entertainment donated by Sara Robinson. Also, this year the silent auction had over 100 fantastic items!
However it’s behind the scenes where the real action is. The Gala is months in preparation. With the help and support of church council and the office, the New UCW Group organizes the event which means finding fabulous volunteers (and there were many), arranging publicity, selling tickets, getting donations, decorating and staging, ordering and prepping food – the list goes on. As last year, the outreach folks and EHP Youth did the heavy lifting – pulling down couches from the second floor – stripping the Wellness centre of their carpets and lamps, festooning the stage and stairwell with fairy lights. And then of course at night’s end we distributed the auction items, collected the money and then tore it all down. We do have the hardest working volunteers in Christendom. Many thanks to everyone. Job well done.