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Matthews House Gala was a Parisian dream

October 12, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek


The annual Matthews House Hospice Gala, “An Evening in Paris” took place on September 28 at the New Tecumseth Recreation Complex.

The event delivered an elegant, energized and fun night for close to 500 guests, and raising over $230,000.

Live and Silent Auctions raised over $55,000. A highlight of the evening was the donation of two free flights to Paris that raised over $7,000. New Hollywood rocked the house while guests danced the night away.

“The ASK auction proceeds are designated to our ‘Sanctuary At Home’ program that allows us to deliver hospice care right in your home,” said Andrea Roylance, Manager Gifts and Gratitude, MHH. “Doctors, nurses and PSW’s deliver compassionate care so that you can stay at home when you wish.”

The ASK auction alone raised over $103,000.

“Much gratitude  to our many sponsors including Honda Canada, TD Wealth,  RBC Royal Bank, , Canadian Tire, Trailwood Transport Ltd., Moffatt’s Mazda,  Milligan Energy, Ambler & Co. Inc., Drury Funeral Home,  Red Pine Inn & Conference Centre, McDonald’s, Thomas Funeral Home, Wallwin Electric,  Wrays Guardian Pharmacy, 400 Chrysler,The Co-operators – Gary Laakso Financial Services Inc, Canada, Bern’s Flowers and Taylor’s Jewellers to name a few,” said Ms. Roylance. “The events success is achieved through countless hours offered by our Gala Committee – including Pat Middlebrook, Melissa Muchado, Bev Horton, Cathy Morden, Rosy Kennedy, Elaine Balaka, Sharon Long, and led by Brenda Pufek – volunteers and staff and our community donors and partners.”

Services provided by Matthews House are community driven initiative, supported by local donors, municipalities and volunteers.

“Because there is no cost for Hospice services, Matthews House Hospice continues to rely primarily on donations from individuals, businesses and organizations in South Simcoe and the proceeds of our fundraising events like the gala, to provide community hospice and visiting hospice programs,” said Ms. Roylance. “Want to have more meaning in your life? Do you want to do something that is satisfying and of great service to your community? Then become a Matthews House events or a program and services volunteer! Gain new skills and directly affect change for others through volunteerism.”

For more information contact Andrea Roylance, Manager Gifts, by calling 705 440-675 or visit


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