Saturday, December 20, 2014

‘Hope and the City’ tops $5,000

The fun, flirty, and fabulous “Hope and the City” event held Friday night at La Place Rendez-Vous here was a success, raising just over $5,000 for women’s cancer research.
“We were very pleased with how it went,” enthused co-organizer Jennifer Anderson.

“We were very excited with the turnout, the venue—very happy with everything.”
The age-of-majority event for woman was based on the television show “Sex and the City” and hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society.
Anderson indicated similar events have been done in Kenora, Dryden, and Thunder Bay, as well as elsewhere across Ontario, and thought it would be a fun night out for ladies in Fort Frances.
“Doesn’t everybody want to get dressed up and put on their dancing shoes?” she reasoned.
And that they did.
More than 100 women donned glamorous evening wear and took part in the evening’s activities, which included cocktails, dancing, shopping, and hors d’oeuvres.
“Everybody we talked to said they had a really fun time,” Anderson remarked.
“I know a lot of people talked about how they felt really pampered when they came in.”
The women were offered a glass of wine, a rose, and a “swag bag” before heading into the banquet room, which featured a number of local vendors and glamour stations.
“They could get their hair done or their make-up or nails,” Anderson explained.
Then they could get a photo taken with their friends.
There also were “character baskets” up for grabs—baskets with purses, shoes, and gift certificates based on the “Sex and the City” characters Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte, and Mr. Big.
And the exciting grand prize—a trip for two to New York City—was won by Danielle Broman.
“The whole thing was awesome,” Anderson enthused.
She admitted organizers were concerned that the event might not raise much money due to Resolute Forest Product’s announcement earlier in the week of the indefinite idling of the kraft mill and #5 paper machine here.
“But we were very pleased with how it turned out,” she added.
In fact, plans already are in the works for next year’s event, which likely will be held in October.
“We’ve got some new ideas to make it even bigger and better,” Anderson noted.
“We’re really looking forward to have everyone back again next year.”

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