A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER 2017
Friday November 17 was the date we kicked off one of our major annual fundraisers, A Christmas to Remember, which raises thousands of dollars every year for women and children, health and nutrition in the Niagara region. Our lead photo shows our guests of honour at the tree lighting, Councillors Sandie Bellows (L) and Sal Sorrento (3rd L), and Town Crier Mark Molnar (R) being welcomed by the MCCSC project lead, Leslie Boldt.
At 7:00 p.m. on the dot, the Town Crier rang his bell loud and clear through the Mall. Then he gave the Crier's traditional opening - Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! - before making his proclamation opening the 31st May Court Club's A Christmas to Remember. The Wheatley School Choir then performed a selection of seasonal songs, and the display was officially lighted to enthusiastic applause.
A Christmas to Remember took place in Fairview Mall, St. Catharines over a three week period, raising over $7,400 in ticket sales until Friday December 8 (4:00 p.m.). Visitors enjoyed the display, and purchased raffle tickets for the draw to win one of the tempting items on display, which included gift certificates for a helicopter ride, restaurants and other special treats, as well as the trees, traditional seasonal decor, and delightful toys for children.
Our thanks go to Councillors Bellows and Sorrento, Town Crier Mark Molner, the Choir of Wheatley School, Fairview Mall St. Catharines, and all our fabulous donors and sponsors who all contributed so generously to the success of A Christmas to Remember. Thanks also to May Courters and Friends of May Court who gave freely of their time during the preceding week to set up the display and staffed the display during the three weeks of ticket-selling.
MAY COURT OCTOBER MEETING
Our October general meeting took place at Pathstone Mental Health's new home at Branscombe Mental Health Centre in St. Catharines. The new building was opened earlier this year, in part funded by many philanthropists and philanthropic groups in the city. Pathstone volunteer and MCC member Darla M. gave us an insider's tour, describing Pathstone's services and programs and highlighting the new capacity and functionality of their new premises. MCCSC is proud to be a supporter of Pathstone's mental health services to children and youth. Thank you Pathstone and Darla for making our visit possible (and to Elma, as always, for the photos).
Thank you Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy at Pathstone Mental Health, for taking time to talk to us. Kim was just six days into her job, but gave us a great introduction to Pathstone and its plans for the future.
We also welcomed the president of the Association of May Court Clubs of Canada, Alicia ,and Milka who is this year's AMCCC Treasurer/Secretary. Our third guests were Maddie and Deanne, the President and VP of the Brock University Beta Chapter of the Alpha Pi Phi Sorority. The sorority is interested in building a close relationship with the MCCSC, and we're proud to work with Alpha Pi Phi to extend volunteer service to more women of all ages in St. Catharines. It was a pleasure to meet the representatives of such enthusiastic and dedicated young women.
OUR THREE FAVOURITE WORDS...FASHION, FUN & FUNDRAISING!
Also in October, May Courters raised funds while shopping (a popular theme with us). Shannon Passero, owner of 'The Post Office' store in Thorold, generously invited us to a two hour shopping treat during which she offered us discounts on our purchases, and also donated 10% of the takings to our charity fundraising. Thanks to everyone who came to this very special event and to Shannon for being such a fine supporter of the May Court Club's fundraising aims, and a great entrepreneur in our local business community.
A ROSE WITH ONLY ONE NAME...
Earlier this year, May Courters in St. Catharines and other Ontario chapters put in their orders for a Lady Aberdeen Rose, and they were delivered just in time for Victoria Day planting, a fitting occasion for remembering Ishbel Aberdeen, a remarkable woman and exceptional Victorian.
Even before her husband's posting as Governor General of Canada (1893-1898), Lady Aberdeen was known for her commitment to social reform and the extension of women's participation in all aspects of life. In Canada she pursued practical goals to expand opportunities for women to move beyond their traditional roles. She founded the storied Victorian Order of Nurses (VON), the Canadian Council of Women, and the very first service club in Canada, the May Court Club. All three organizations continue to flourish, and it's only appropriate that the Lady Aberdeen Rose reflects her forward-looking commitment to the growth of women's participation in all aspects of life.
The rose is the symbol of the May Court Clubs, and it was Sandi M., our Past President, who thought of the idea of selling Lady Aberdeen roses as a fundraiser for the St. Catharines club's causes, and of course she immediately went into action. As a result, on this Victoria Day, May Courters were proud to honour their own iconic Victorian with her own rose, and to look forward to May Court and its work flourishing into the future.
NEW STYLE FASHION EVENT RAISES THOUSANDS FOR LOCAL CAUSES
Sunday April 9 saw a new landmark for the May Court Club of St. Catharines, when over 260 guests and thirty-two vendors came together at Club Roma to lunch, shop and raise money for women and children in the Niagara Region.
The four-hour event was a fresh interpretation on prevailing fashion fundraisers. Gone was the conventional schedule of formal luncheon and fashion show, making way for a relaxed and informal day out where guests had lots of time to socialize, lunch at their leisure, and do what they like best – shopping!
We congratulate Kate V. on winning the Shine Bright Like a Diamond Draw. Kate took home a beautiful diamond on a white gold chain – total value $4000! Many guests left with purchases in the silent auction and prizes from the penny raffles, and you can see the winning raffle numbers here.
The May Court Club thanks everyone who supported this wonderful day – guests, vendors, event sponsors and donors, Club Roma, and all the hard-working members of the Club. Early returns show that Ladies Who Lunch…And Shop! raised $16,000 for distribution to non-profit organizations in the Niagara Region serving women and children, mental health and nutrition.
A special thanks is sent to Leslie B. and Mary H., co-chairs of the Ladies Who Lunch Committee. They and their team took a great May Court fundraising tradition and made it better and stronger than ever…so much so that we’re going to do it all over again on Sunday April 8, 2018!
See you there!