Annual Lakeshore Hospital Foundation Gala raises $480,000


Three hundred West Islanders danced the night away at the Marriott In-Terminal Hotel this past Saturday night, November 16, at the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation’s 19th annual gala.  The event is known to be a rocking good time, the 19th edition was no exception raising a total of $480,000 ($20,000 more than last year) to help elevate the quality of care at the Lakeshore General Hospital. The money raised will help improve the level of critical, cardiac, geriatric, and mental health care West Islanders receive, close to home. The black and white theme was both magical and elegant, with a ballet performance and live sand artist to round out the evening. 

Live painter, Eric Waugh, tied the evening together with his rendition of the West Island. The Montrealer made the West Island come alive on canvas as the party took place around him. Waugh is known for being the Guinness Book of World Records holder for “Hero” the world’s largest painting on canvas (41,400 square feet) by a single artist, which Waugh created to benefit children in need.

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Sand artist, Marie Linda Bluto took the crowd on an emergency health care situation, complete with an emergency 911 call to arrival at the hospital as the narration proceeded, as did the creation as it morphed and evolved as the story progressed.  Take a look at her stunning display from the event right here.

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/3/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Electrik Music Band had the ballroom dancing from the get-go with tunes that the energetic participants enjoyed.  The Mir Mir photo booth gave guests a chance to take photos their own way and have them texted directly to their phone throughout the evening.

Enrico Ciconne and Monsef Derraji
MNA’s Monsef Derraji, Enrico Ciccone with West Island Blog founder Rhonda Massad

Major partners of the event include; Air Canada Rouge, Couverture West Island Roofing, Santasalo, Desjardins, The Mehra Foundation and Roxboro Excavation.

About the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation

The Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of patient care and support through fundraising, of the Lakeshore General Hospital.

The foundation seeks to improve, whenever possible, the level of health care available to West Islanders by being close to them in the community and listening to their needs. It is through grass-roots involvement that they support the Lakeshore General Hospital, which has always been there for West Islanders – and will continue to be for many years to come.

Lakeshore Hospital Foundation Gala 2019
From left to right: MNAs Greg Kelley, Monsef Derraji, Enrico Ciccone, Carlos Leitão. Pierrefonds Mayor Jim Beis with Councillor Louise Leroux. Missing from the photo: Pointe Claire Mayor John Belvedere and Dorval Mayor Edgar Rouleau