17th Annual Valentine’s ball brings WIPC $490,000 and a visit from the Royals


by Rhonda Massad

This years ball was a show stopper with its British theme and visit from British Royals Peter and Autumn Phillips.  Autumn Phillips gave back to the community where she grew up by greeting guests, giving a speech and taking pictures.Autumn Phillips and Rhonda Massad

The Chateau Vaudreuil was adorned with a British phone booth, flag and a the Beatles.  The silent auction showed off the commitment from the community with tables of gifts to bid on.  Everything from luxurious car experiences to a day in the life of a Global TV anchor.  All auction bids are donated to patient care.

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MP Francis Scarpaleggia and Frank Baylis, Jacques Cartier riding MNA Geoffrey Kelley, West Island Mayors Michel Gibson, Maria Tutino and Morris Trudeau all came out to show support to the worthy cause. Otis and Howard Grant, Anthony Calvillo and Jo Jo Dan from the sports world also attended.

“The annual operating budget of the Residence is $4.8 million of which the government funds one third, leaving approximately $3,000,000 to fundraise,” Founder Teresa Dellar said. “Without the generous support of the community, we would not exist.”

The West Island Palliative Care Residence is a non-profit institution, accredited by the Quebec government to provide palliative care health services. Opened in 2002 with nine beds, a 2012 expansion increased its capacity to 23 beds, making it the largest freestanding palliative care residence in Canada.