Welch Grand Casino Night rakes in nearly $25K for Ottawa cancer foundation

More than 500 attend second annual benefit, organized by local accounting firm

Don't worry, nobody blew their child’s college fund or lost their home at the Welch Grand Casino Night held Wednesday at the Shaw Centre.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, Welch LLP brought back its gambling-themed benefit. The evening raised nearly $25,000 for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

The 500-plus attendees were given $500 in funny money to use at the gaming tables and toward the purchase of raffle tickets for various prize packages.

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Boom 99.7 radio personality Wendy Daniels hams it up for the camera at the Welch Grand Casino Night held in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Photo by Caroline Phillips

On hand to officially welcome everyone was Micheal Burch, managing partner of Ottawa-based accounting firm Welch.

The evening's proceeds will help the cancer foundation with both its cancer coaching services offered to those individuals diagnosed with cancer, and its back-to-work program. It provides education and support to help those cancer survivors transitioning back into the workplace after undergoing cancer treatment.

It is common for people to suffer from fatigue and "chemo brain," which is a common term used by cancer survivors to describe thinking and memory problems that can occur after cancer treatment.

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From Welch LLP/Welch Group Consulting are, from left, marketing coordinator Stef Reid with managing partner Micheal Burch, digital marketing specialist Anas Kaadan, director of marketing Kyle Turk and event coordinator Adriana Sgabellone at the Welch Grand Casino Night held in the Trillium Ballroom of the Shaw Centre on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Attendees included James Baker, CEO of award-winning recruiting company Keynote Group, and his wife, business partner and co-founder, Donna Baker, along with Heidi Hauver. She recently joined forces with Keynote and has assumed the roles of chief human resources officer and managing partner.

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From left, Heidi Hauver, James Baker and Donna Baker, all with Keynote Group, at the Welch Grand Casino Night held at the Shaw Centre on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Also spotted was lawyer Lisa Langevin, who made partner earlier this year at Kelly Santini LLP. Langevin has put her name forward for the cancer foundation’s popular charity boxing event. It's looking to add, for its first time, female “white collar” boxers to Fight for the Cure.

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Chris Moore with his wife, Lisa Langevin, and brothers Scott Whitteker, director of Fight for the Cure, and its co-founder, Matt Whitteker from Assent Compliance, at the Welch Grand Casino Night held at the Shaw Centre on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, in support of Ottawa's cancer foundation. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Helping to raise money for charity was Peter Waiser’s powerful photographic poster of the late Gord Downie, performing at his last concert in Ottawa. The silent auction item sold for $800.

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Peter Waiser poses with the photographic poster of Gord Downie that he donated to the Welch Grand Casino Night in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Candace Enman, president of WelchGroup Consulting and WBN's 2017 Business Woman of the Year, with Susan Dagg Fulton, executive director of the Women's Business Network, at the Welch Grand Casino Night held at the Shaw Centre on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Photo by Caroline Phillips 
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From left, Linda Smith with Ron Smith, managing director of sales for Yorkville Asset Management, prominent Ottawa businessman John Westeinde and Joanne Kudakiewicz, also with Yorkville, at the Welch Grand Casino Night  held at the Shaw Centre on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Photo by Caroline Phillips

– caroline@obj.ca