Many long-time supporters, business and medical leaders, family and friends danced the night away in the elegant surroundings of Windsor Station’s Salle des Pas Perdus in a true celebration of our venerable institution and our historic contribution to this city.
Guests were greeted by Co-Presidents of the evening, brothers Geoff and Andrew Molson at a champagne cocktail where they mingled around parlour furnishings and life-size family photos, regaling stories of the past and sharing commitments to the future.
Inside the ballroom, the atmosphere ignited a true sense of pride and celebration that kept the conversation flowing and the dance floor hopping until the wee morning hours. Emcee duties were skillfully handled by Foundation Board Past-President and Current Board of Governors Member, Rachel Renaud who invited addresses from Premier of Québec Phillippe Couillard, Québec Minister of Health and Social Services Gaétan Barrette and Montreal Gazette cartoonist Terry “Aislin” Mosher who presented Geoff and Andrew Molson with an original personalized cartoon.
Other honourable guests included Hélène David, Minister responsible for Higher Education and for the Status of Women, Kathleen Weil, Minister responsible for Access to Information and the Reform of Democratic Institutions and for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers and Rita de Santis, Member of the Liberal Party, Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education.
The dinner menu was exquisitely prepared by one of Montreal’s culinary best – Chef Adele Forgione from Ristorante Beatrice and included delicious Italian starters followed by a main course of succulent Cornish hen. Specialty wines were selected and paired with each course.
Throughout the evening guests enthusiastically participated in the raffle and silent auction while Paul Chacra Entertainment’s 1945 kept the dance beat pumping. There was a special blessing with a moving performance of in Excelsis Deo by Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal. An evening highlight was a riveting retrospective video of the history of St. Mary’s choreographed to live vocals and strings.
We are honoured to thank our community for their continued generosity and dedication in making this year’s 80th Anniversary a momentous occasion. We would also like to thank our volunteers and the Dynamite Group for outfitting them in stunning green dresses.
Our sincerest heartfelt gratitude to the 2017 St. Mary’s Ball Co-Presidents – Geoff and Andrew Molson – whose generous contribution led to the wonderful success of the evening. St. Mary’s is exceptionally proud of our Community, including the generations of families whose steadfast support is a bastion of strength for our Hospital and the entire healthcare community.
Proceeds from the 2017 St. Mary’s Ball will invest in the next generation of St. Mary’s by benefiting the Maternal/Child Centre of Excellence and the McGill Chair in Family and Community Medicine and Research.