Applause Party: A Joyful Celebration
A sell-out crowd of 300 came together at the Ukrainian Hall on May 3 for the Cornerstone Foundation’s Applause Party. It was a joyful celebration of two accomplishments: the completion of the new building at 314 Booth Street and the success of the Journey of Hope campaign. Many guests donned their finest construction clothes; hard hats were very evident as well as paint clothes and overalls in keeping with the theme, Hard Hats and Helping Hands.
Guests first enjoyed a reception and conversation with friends and colleagues. A silent auction of six pieces of art donated by Gerald Kerr, Rev. Mavis Brownlee and Jennifer Dale Judd prompted brisk bidding and by the end of the evening had raised in excess of $1300. Tickets for twenty Mystery gifts, donated by local businesses sold for $20 each. During the reception, entertainment was provided by the a capella junkies, a quartette of the Capital Chordettes.
Dinner with a quasi-construction site menu was catered by The Foodery. The appetizer was served in Chinese food boxes and much of the main course on planks. In tables of ten, guests had very animated conversations with their friends. There was a real buzz in the room, an indication that people were having a good time. Entertainment during dinner was offered by Tim Piper and Friends.
The program was chaired by Rev. Mark Whittall. Speakers included Bishop John Chapman; Catherine Chapman, Chair of the Applause Party committee; Peggy Lister, Chair of the Cornerstone Foundation Board of Directors, and Carol Burrows, Chair of the Capital Campaign.
It was Carol’s pleasure to announce the status of the campaign goal. To a drum roll, she held up a sign and repeated the number: as of May 3, the campaign goal had been surpassed at $2,360,218. The announcement brought joyous applause.
We are grateful to the many sponsors and donors who contributed so generously to the Party, enabling the Committee to fulfill its commitment to transfer over $30,000 to the campaign.
The Morley Hoppner table
Applause Party guest Fr. Michael Fleming dressed for the occasion
Applause Party kitchen crew
Chili for 300
MC Mark Whittall with Carol Burrows
The Mayor joins the party
A table for ten