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Riverside Foundation presenting ‘dinner with doctor’

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care is pleased to present a new, educational fundraiser this year, “Dinner with Dr. Vergidis & Friends.”

It will take place Friday, April 23 at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium, starting at 6 p.m.

Dr. Dimitrios Vergidis, the oncologist for the Riverside Chemotherapy Program and chief oncologist for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, has volunteered to host and prepare a five-course meal highlighting the healthy eating of the Mediterranean.

“It will be an evening to learn about cancer prevention and healthy lifestyles,” said Foundation director Teresa Hazel.

“We decided to forego the ‘Old Bags Lunch’ for one year and host this special event in partnership with the Riverside Chemotherapy Program,” she explained.

Dr. Vergidis sees patients from across the district, and is interested in helping people achieve optimum health.

“The new health vision is for people to live healthy as long as possible avoiding chronic disease,” said Dr. Vergidis.

“The major chronic diseases currently are cardiovascular, diabetes, cancer, and respiratory illnesses,” he noted. “Excluding smoking, the contributors to chronic diseases are poor diet, alcohol, obesity, and lack of exercise.

“During our event, we will be discussing strategies and the science behind how to embrace a healthy lifestyle and improve health,” he remarked.

The dinner not only will provide a delicious dinner for guests, it also will be an opportunity to discuss and learn how to shop and cook for a healthy lifestyle.

Tickets cost $50 each, with a portion of the price qualifying for a charitable receipt.

Sponsorships also are available starting at $500 up to $1,500, and include a reserved table of eight.

Financial donations also are gratefully accepted.

“The Rainy River District Breast Health Network has already come on board with a sponsorship, so we’re off and running,” said Hazel.

Hazel also spoke about the fundraising component of the evening.

“This will be an educational night,” she explained.

“Your ticket is your donation to the cause, so we won’t be hitting you up with a bunch of fundraising activities during the evening,” she assured.

Tickets may be reserved by calling the Foundation office at 274-4803 or Shawn McCaig at 274-4817.

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