The 79th St. Mary's Ball

The 79th St. Mary's Ball

Friday, November 4, 2016
Windsor Station - Salle des Pas Perdus

The 79th St. Mary’s Ball raises $1,158,125 as our Community joined together in a true celebration of leadership and pride!

As many as 650 elegant guests followed the red carpet into Windsor Station’s Salle des Pas Perdus to find themselves immersed in the lavish beauty of Italy and it’s renowned Opera House, La Scala – swooping red velvet curtains, tables dressed with colorful roses and golden candelabras while chandeliers cascaded from the rafters.

Co-Presidents of the evening, Elaine and Calin Rovinescu were on hand to greet guests at a champagne cocktail before everyone whisked into the ballroom through the stone arches of the 200 year old opera house.  Emcee duties were handled expertly by Mitch Garber who invited addresses from Chair of the Foundation Board, Anne-Marie Boucher, Chairman of the Board of Governors Terry Didus, President and CEO of the Foundation Cynda Heward, Chair of the Fundraising Committee Josée Noiseux and Ball Co-Presidents Elaine and Calin Rovinescu.

There was a special blessing performed by Montreal tenor Danny Laliberté and Soprano Christine Williams who delivered a spectacular rendition of THE PRAYER.

The Italian menu was skilfully prepared by one of Montreal’s culinary best – Chef Adele Forgione from Restaurant Beatrice and included delectable pasta starters followed by succulent ossobuco with creamy polenta and show-stopping pain perdu dessert. The meal was paired with specialty wines selected and offered by the SAQ.

Throughout the evening guests enthusiastically participated in the raffle and silent auction while 1945 Animation Paul Chacra Entertainment kept the dance floor pumped and hoping until the very end.  There was a beautiful performance by vocal quartet Tocadéo and ballet dancers from Manina Productions.

A highlight of the night included a special video showcasing a “behind the scenes” look at St. Mary’s and the people who make the difference.

We are honoured to thank our community – participants, sponsors and patrons – for their generosity and dedication in making this year’s event a resounding success.  We would also like to thank our volunteers and Philhobar Design and Andrew Hops for outfitting them in black sequined dresses.

Our sincerest heartfelt gratitude to the 2016 St. Mary’s Ball Co-Presidents – Elaine and Calin Rovinescu – whose generous contribution led to the wonderful success of the evening.


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2016 St. Mary's Ball

Co-Presidents                Fundraising Chair         Decorations Chair         Silent Auction Designer    Foundation President
Calin & Elaine Rovinescu      Josée Noiseux                 Bridget Fetterly              Dorine  Perron                        Cynda P. Heward CFRE

Fundraising Committee

Doug Buchanan                     Curtis Millen
Sylvie Chagnon                      Richard j. Renaud
Terry G. Didus                       Mario Rigante
Stephen J. Kelly                     Calin Rovinescu
Guy Laframboise                   Peter Thompson
Bambina Marcello                  Arthur Wechsler
Arielle Meloul-Wechsler