Best Bites Hollywood Takes Big Bite Out Of MRI Machine For CMH
Glorious Day, Generous Community Delicious Resultsby Thomas Hagey - Cambridge Now! Local News
Sep 14, 2011
Sunday September 11th dawned warm and wonderful...once again the massive tents would not be used for precipitation protection.
Best Bites is a fundraiser which continues to come into its own year after year. A partnership initiative of CMH Foundation and Rotary Club of Cambridge, Preston and Hespeler, Best Bites proceeds are a transfusion of support for immediate hospital needs and Rotarian community programs.
The long and the short of this year's MRI campaign is that it will cost $4 million from the community side of things. This is not a formidable task but a community challenge which is already well underway.
$80,000 And Counting
Best Bites 2011 crowded the $80,000 mark. By having MNP join RBC as a Title Co-Sponsor, and Dumfries Mutual coming on board to sponsor the Décor, this translated in a jump of $20,000 over last year. Then, the Rotary Club of Cambridge, Preston-Hespeler donated back their portion of the funds for the first time, as they felt that the MRI Machine is a critical cause. Beautiful!
Matt Storch and his (Unusual) Usual Suspects played dance tunes, and rocked on through the afternoon while patrons of the foundations bunched, munched, lunched and made this year a record breaking year for CMHF.
As the theme this year was Hollywood, it seemed appropriate that Charlie Chaplin would be the auctioneer for the live portion of the auction items. Considering that Charlie was a star of the silent film era, it was the nosiest anyone has ever seen him. Following the auction he quietly walked back into motion picture history. Thank you Charlie...a job well done.
The Best Bites volunteers worked tirelessly to pull together this incredible, creative event and they would like to thank everyone who came and gave. And of course a special thank you goes to the purveyors of food and drink who made it a truly delicious afternoon of FUN-raising and civilized, spirited shenanigans.
It was also great to meet with Jennifer White, the new Executive Director of the CMH Foundation. She is a delightful, talented individual. Jennifer brings more than 17 years of experience in health care and non-profit management, including a successful capital fundraising campaign for both Toronto Grace Hospital and Scarborough Hospital. Jennifer earned her BA and MA at Queen’s University and looks forward to taking on the challenges of our Foundation at a very exciting time in its mission.
We'd like to note that during the event, as it was September 11th and the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Centre disaster; everyone at Best Bites paused for a moment of silence to honour those who died.
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Cambridge Now mingled and photographed as many of the sponsors and patrons as was humanly possible. They appear in the accompanying photo gallery. We regret not being able to include all of you but we thank you for your support and participation.
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Best Bites - Friends of MRI Procurement