Dorothy Ley Hospice Fundraiser
One benefit of running for city council is being informed of great organizations who are looking for support. All candidates from wards 3, 4, 5 were invited by Donna Cansfield to a fundraiser being organized by The Singing Lady. The purpose of the fundraiser was to help a great community organization, The Dorothy Ley Hospice.
The Dorothy Ley Hospice is best described from their website:
Founded in 1990, The Dorothy Ley Hospice is a volunteer-based community service organization offering compassionate care to people living with the challenges of a life-limiting illness or loss. Our programs meet their physical, emotional, spiritual and support needs helping them to live life to the fullest. Our services are provided at no cost to the individual thanks to the generosity of our donors and community partners.
My wife Stephanie and I once researching more about both The Singing Lady and also The Dorothy Ley Hospice, we were looking forward to support the event. The only issue we had was the fact it was a Downton Abbey themed event; our wardrobe wasn't particularly designed for such an event.
On September 13th we arrived to a wonderful crowd fully participating in the dress-up aspect of the fundraiser. The event was located at The Singing Lady location on 781-J The Queensway, Etobicoke. The mood was upbeat with great live music playing as all the supporters browsed the store, including bidding on the silent auction items.
In attendance there were other candidates, including Justin Di Ciano (council candidate for Ward 5). We had a good discussion about the races in Etobicoke and was a very informative conversation. Justin lost by a slim margin of just over 100 votes in 2010 and is seen as the frontrunner in Ward 5.
As we wandered around both locations, taking time to speak with other supporters, we also looked at many of the items for the silent auction. We ended up bidding on some jewellery (which we did not win) and a beautiful painting we now have hanging in our living room.
We were glad to support both the success of The Singing Lady and its efforts in promoting The Dorothy Ley Hospice. Near the end of the nice we took the time to take photos with several other appropriately dressed supporters, including former MPP Donna Cansfield. Donna is a wonderful member of Etobicoke that retired from politics to be an advocate for the rights and needs of seniors. Thank you Donna for inviting us to a great event for such a great cause.
More photos and information can be seen here: THE SINGING LADY FACEBOOK