On the evening of May 14th, more than 200 guests in elegant formal attire and mysterious masks filled the ballroom of the Marriott Airport Montreal In-Terminal Hotel for the first edition of the West Island Community Shares’ Masquerade Ball. The glamorous evening was deemed an overwhelming success, raising a net total of $135,000.
Mr. Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bank, and Mr. Jean Houde, President of Construction de Prestige Jean Houde co-chaired the event. “Thank you to our co-chairs for their commitment to the giving back to our community,” said Caroline Tison, Executive Director of West Island Community Shares. “Their business leadership extends to paving the way for companies to support the communities where their employees live and work.”
Guests arrived in glamorous formal gowns and tuxedoes. When they stepped into the hotel lobby for the cocktail hour, lavish décor, a Moët et Chandon champagne bar, food that was a feast for the eyes as well as the palate, and a mask bar with a selection of ornate masks awaited.
The cocktail was followed by a four-course gourmet meal and a surprise performance by Marco Tam Tam, a world class modern percussionist. R&B singer/songwriter Shaharah and her band then hit the stage and guests danced the rest of the night away.
Ms. Tison, who had committed to keeping the evening short on speeches and long on entertainment, took the time to thank the platinum sponsor for the evening: Mercedes-Benz West Island – Groupe Dilawri. Other sponsors were Pharmaprix, Aqua Spa Lyne Giroux, Rideau Recognition Solutions, Groom & Associates, Fasken Martineau, Infografilm, Elama Montreal and Les Films de l’Hydre. Special thanks to Event architect and partner, Maddy K, for creating the one-of-a-kind event. Ms. Tison also thanked all the guests for their presence and support, with particular recognition to 23 masked Ball Ambassadors who spontaneously donated $1,000 each during the course of the evening.
The cost of a ticket to the ball was $650. Nada Nasreddine, President of Community Shares, thanked guests for their support. She also introduced touching testimonials demonstrating the impact of their generosity.
A silent auction and raffle featuring a grand prize of airfare for 2 anywhere Porter Airlines flies and a $500 Marriott gift certificate valid at any Marriott Hotel worldwide. Other prizes included: a $500 gift certificate from Aqua Spa Lyne Giroux, a $500 gift certificate from MTY group of restaurants (Sushi Shop, Thaï Express, etc.), a 7-course gastronomic meal at La Maison Verte and a $100 gift certificate at Le Surcouf and a pair of tickets for the Sugar Sammy Show.
About West Island Community Shares
West Island Community Shares is a unique non-profit organization dedicated to helping West Islanders in need. With the help of caring West Island citizens, companies and associations, it raises crucial funds for 40 local community groups. These groups offer help, comfort and support to residents with many different needs.
Since 1998, it has raised and distributed $12.2 million to local community groups. West Island Community Shares’ model is unique because it distributes 100% of donations received to the groups it supports. It is the only not-for-profit in Canada to implement and sustain this model for 18 years. This is made possible by the following corporate partners that cover its operational costs