The Rotary Club of Mississauga-Meadowvale’s Annual Valentine’s Gala

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Where else can you mix it up with the Who’s Who in Mississauga, support a great cause and hang out with yours truly? 😉

At The Rotary Club of Mississauga-Meadowvale’s Annual Valentine’s Gala, the premier Mississauga social event of the year! Like in years in past, this year was a huge success. Who doesn’t like a fabulous Valentine’s date featuring dinner, dancing, prizes and much more, all in an elegant atmosphere like the Mississauga Grand Banquet Centre?

Guests were greeted by a very talented piano player

Guests were greeted by a very talented piano player

 

Thanks to many generous sponsors, we had tons of great prizes for guests to win including TV’s, concert tickets, hockey tickets, and other great prizes. Steph and I helped out at the ticket booth before dinner selling raffle tickets and it was hectic.

The reception line and raffle ticket sales. I pitched in and used my awesome selling skills to up-sell!

The reception line and raffle ticket sales. I pitched in and used my awesome selling skills to up-sell!

Guests were greeted on arrival with a champagne reception featuring hors d’oeuvres, an oyster bar and casino games (for fun, no gambling) before the dinner service.

We had a delicious 5 course dinner which included antipasto, salad, pasta, prime rib and a fantastic chocolate dessert.

Dinner Service

Dinner Service

Everyone let loose and had a great time. The theme of the evening was Mardi Gras and everyone who dressed the part looked great!

The one and only Lesley Barmania, current President on the Rotary Club of Mississauga- Meadowvale

The one and only Lesley Barmania, current President on the Rotary Club of Mississauga- Meadowvale

After dinner there was a live auction for Maple Leaf tickets and a heads and tails game for the grand prize, a cruise for two courtesy of a realtor colleague of mine and fellow rotarian, Narciso Rodrigues. Mark Cashin MC’d the event and did a great job.

A long time Rotarian and the incoming President of the Meadowvale Rotary Club, Mark Cashin.

A long time Rotarian and the incoming President of the Meadowvale Rotary Club, Mark Cashin.

There was a silent auction with some great merchandise. Steph and I bid on a cigar humidor which would have made a great gift for her father, but we were outbid at the last minute. At least I know for next time the tricks to silent auctions!

I gave Steph some bad advice for the heads and tails game and she was eliminated the first round. In hindsight I wouldn’t have taken my own advice! 🙂

The highlight of the night, a heads and tails game with the winner taking home a cruise for 2!

The highlight of the night, a heads and tails game with the winner taking home a cruise for 2!

Steph looking like a rock star in her new cocktail dress!

My beautiful wife Stephanie!

My beautiful wife Stephanie!

What can I say, the event was a huge success! Everyone had a great time and we raised some much needed money to continue doing projects internationally and in the local Mississauga community. I also wanted to give a HUGE shoutout to everyone at the Rotary Club of Mississauga-Meadowvale for all the hard work that went into organizing the event. It was great and I can’t wait for next year!