St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa celebrates under the bright lights of New York City theme

Annual soirée brings together community and corporate supporters of long-term care facility
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From left, St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa Foundation board member Rosa Iuliano, a taxation partner at Baker Tilly, with executive director Meg Friedman at the long-term care facility's New York-themed soirée, held Thursday, March 7, 2019, at the Infinity Convention Centre. Photo by Caroline Phillips

If you were in a New York state of mind Thursday, the Infinity Convention Centre was the place to be. That’s where St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa held its annual soirée, A Night on the Town: New York, New York, in support of the long-term care facility.

And with such a strong turnout of seniors from St. Pat’s, you could say the Big Apple was a Granny Smith.

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That's Jo-Anne Poirier, president and CEO of VON (Victorian Order of Nurses) Canada, arriving to A Night on the Town: New York, New York, with her dad, Lionel Poirier, 83, a resident of St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Organizers gave guests a feel for one of the most vibrant places in the world, from Central Park in cherry blossom season, to the bright lights of Broadway, to the bustling boroughs of a city that never sleeps. Guests were also taken on a culinary journey with food stations representing different NYC neighbourhoods.

While the annual soirée draws some of St. Pat's most loyal community of supporters, it’s also a chance for the 24-hour care facility to raise awareness among its corporate sponsors. The facility, which been around since 1865, is home to 288 residents.

“It’s good for people to get to know the spirit of St. Pat’s but also to know why we fundraise and how that really makes a difference,” Meg Friedman, who took over as executive director of the St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa Foundation last September, told OBJ.social.

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Lisa Courtney Lloyd, vice president of marketing at Colonnade Investments, and Hugh Gorman, CEO of Colonnade BridgePort, were among the corporate sponsors of St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa soirée, held Thursday, March 7, 2019, at the Infinity Convention Centre. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Alan Whitten, founding partner at Huntington Properties, with his wife, Marianne, along with Kenneth Tammadge, Ottawa managing partner at Baker Tilly Canada, with Joanne Kudakiewicz, wealth advisor with Yorkville Asset Management, at the St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa soirée. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Ottawa Police Insp. Murray Knowles with his wife, Lee Knowles, vice president of operations at the Infinity Convention Centre, and her guests, Karen Cleland and Mike Cleland, principal at Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd., at the St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa soirée. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Spotted at the event was St. Pat’s board member Douglas McNeill, a director with U.K.-based construction consultancy firm Turner & Townsend. Philip Brock was there as chair of the foundation board, joined by vice chair Rosa Iuliano from public accounting and consulting firm Baker Tilly, and Kelly Santini law partner Peter Hamilton, who’s also on the foundation board.

CTV’s Michael O’Byrne was back to emcee the evening and to help auction off such items as the always popular dinner for eight at the official residence of the Irish ambassador, in Rockcliffe Park.

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From left, Ian Fuller (WSP Canada), Jon Gilford (Turner & Townsend), Patrick St-Onge (BPA Engineering), Douglas McNeill (Turner & Townsend) and architect Tobias Fellows (NORR)  at the St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa soirée. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Peter Hamilton, a partner at Kelly Santini LLP, with his wife, Joanne, in the Central Park-themed lobby of St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa's A Night on the Town: New York, New York soirée, held at the Infinity Convention Centre. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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St. Patricks Home of Ottawa Foundation board chair Philip Brock with his wife, Kathleen Biard, in the Central Park-themed lobby of St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa's A Night on the Town: New York, New York soirée. Photo by Caroline Phillips.
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Emcee Michael O'Byrne from CTV News Ottawa with his wife, Suzanne, at the St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa soirée. Photo by Caroline Phillips

Organizers were hoping to net $50,000. Money raised from A Night on the Town will go toward a number of St. Pat’s programs, including its spiritual and palliative care programs, music therapy and musical performances, social and community engagement activities, and the refurbishment of St. Pat's family garden.

— caroline@obj.ca