To the Editor:
What a magnificent night! The St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation was blessed with ideal weather for our Brightest Night trestle event on June 24, but so many contributed their time and talents to make this evening truly magical.
The unusual location for our recognition event demanded a special effort to come to fruition. We thank many members of Town of St. Marys staff for helping us plan a safe, enjoyable evening, and Town Council for understanding our vision and approving the event.
Many businesses assisted in sprucing up the Grand Trunk Trail and trestle to improve upon the spectacular setting nature provided. Johnson’s Sanitation Service, Andy Forman of Forman Electric, Cindy McBryde of McBryde’s Rentals, Lyric Flowers, The Flower Shop and More, The Castle Garden, St. Marys Landscaping, Sam’s Home Hardware and Building Centre, and the Town of St. Marys Parks and Public Works Department and Festival Hydro all went above and beyond to ensure the trail and trestle were in tip-top shape.
Such a night would be nothing without libations. Linda Arthur of Village Catering and her staff logged many miles on the trestle serving their tantalizing hors d’oeuvres. Steam Whistle brewery was as generous as ever, and we were pleased to have Steve Hearn connect us to Niagara on the Lake’s Big Head Wines. McDonald’s Independent Grocer also contributed beverages, and Stonetown Supplies provided cups to contain it all. Canadian Cart Sales and St. Marys Golf and Country Club donated golf carts so attendees could be shuttled from the parking lot to the trestle, while Doug Holliday provided safe haven for the carts.
In addition to our fellow foundation board members (and many of their spouses!), a fantastic team of volunteers made our night flow smoothly: jack-of-all-trades (and first ticket purchaser) David Baxter, greeters Vicki and Bill Vine, Sarah and Ben Douglas, and Jean Hutton and Lynn Brooks; our bartenders Esther de Young and Karie Peachey; and Marianne Ferguson, Don Benner, Glenn Spracklin, Julie Phillips and Darlene McBride of the St. Marys Clicks camera club, who beautifully captured our night. And who could forget the beautiful music of Frank and Gail St. Germaine and Alan Lounds wafting over the warm summer air?
Last but certainly not least, we want to thank everyone who attended. We are deeply appreciative of our major donors for helping drive our Someone I Know capital campaign, and we hope you enjoyed your Brightest Night. To everyone who wagered on the weather and purchased tickets, thank you for your enthusiastic support of our night and of our cause.
Well over 200 enjoyed Brightest Night, and by all accounts, you’d love to join us again. We have started planning the party for when we reach our goal of $5 million – stay tuned! In the meantime, mark your calendars for Saturday, May 6 2017, when we move the celebration back to the Pyramid Centre for our fourth The (Heart)Beat Goes On gala fundraiser.
We’d love to see you again and are thankful you have all become “Someone We Know”.
Jo-Anne Lounds and Andrea Macko