Deer Lodge Centre Foundation News

raising campaign on November 21. Deer Lodge residents and Veterans William Kandia, William Rob- bins, Stephen Childerhouse and Alexander Olson did the honours of lighting the tree that marks the campaign’s official beginning. Tey were joined by Gordon Fardoe (ex- ecutive director of the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation), Ryan Wall (chair of the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation board of directors) and Kevin Scott (chief operating officer of Deer Lodge Centre). Tis year, for the first time ever,

campaign organizers are inviting donors to purchase a Starburst in memory of a fallen Veteran. A special poppy symbol will decorate each memorial Starburst. Te gold- en stars will hang from the ceiling above the Centre’s main concourse throughout the holiday season. To find out more about the cam-

paign and make a donation, visit our ad on the back page of this issue!

A taste of la dolce vita Organizers of 11th

Filling the sky with love, and remembrance T

he Deer Lodge Centre Foun- dation launched its annual Starburst Celebration fund-

annual Bella Notte dinner say 2019 fundraiser will be like no other

"A wonderful dinner for a great cause”: Bella Notte 2019 organizers are bringing the renowned flavours and warmth of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region to this year’s signature event.

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t’s home to the music of Verdi and Pavarotti, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and some of the finest bal-

samic vinegars in the world—and on February 7, 2019, you can experience it for yourself without having to leave Winnipeg. Emilia-Romagna, one of Italy’s most

culturally rich and fertile regions, takes centre stage at the 11th annual Bella Notte, or “beautiful night”, the signature fundraising dinner of the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation. “Te focus of Bella Notte has always

been Italy because we hold the event at DeLuca’s and that’s what they do best,” says Belinda Bigold, chair of the din- ner’s planning committee. “Tis year we wanted to shake it up a little by celebrat- ing a particular region—one that doesn’t always get the spotlight, but definitely deserves it.” One reason is the food. Although

the event’s menu is a closely guarded secret (“I can tell you it’s something special”), Bella Notte will feature some of the tantalizing dishes for which the Emilia-Romagna is so well known the world over. The food will be the main event in

more ways than one. Troughout the evening, which takes place at DeLuca’s expansive instructional kitchen at 950 Portage Avenue, Chef Mike Brown will demonstrate how each course is pre- pared from start to finish. “Apart from being a great chef, he’s just a fabulous, funny and engaging guy to learn from,” says Bigold. “Every year we’ve done this, that’s all people have talked about.”

4 Life.Times Plenty of fine Italian wine will flow,

and in keeping with the theme, the mu- sic of Verdi and Pavarotti will add to the warm, intimate ambiance—which, in years past, has served as the perfect an- tidote to a frigid February night. When the evening is over, each guest walks away with a special keepsake: a booklet of recipes from the delectable dinner. A member of the Deer Lodge Centre

Foundation board of directors, Bigold is also owner of High Tea Bakery, known as Winnipeg’s Imperial cookie capital and located just around the corner from Deer Lodge. She and her mother Carol have run High Tea since it opened in 2003, so they’re no stranger to Deer Lodge’s importance to the surrounding community. “I grew up here, so Deer Lodge has

been part of my life since I was a kid,” Bigold says. “We have friends and family who work there. Everyone in the neigh- bourhood knows someone who works or lives there. I love what the amazing staff there are doing for those who need their help.” She says she hopes the event will raise

$40,000 to support the Centre’s programs and services, through ticket sales and the evening’s silent and live auctions. Sheena Warkentin, an Occupational

Terapist at Deer Lodge, attended last year’s Bella Notte. She knows first-hand how money raised from the event en- hances quality of life for the Centre’s residents and patients. Tanks to pro- ceeds raised at last year’s Bella Notte, Deer Lodge was able to purchase 12 new wheelchairs. “With the expansion to 88 geriatric rehabilitation beds, there’s been an increased demand for these chairs,”

says Warkentin. “Patients who aren’t capable of walking longer distances use wheelchairs to attend therapy appoint- ments, or go down to the cafeteria for a meal or a visit with family. Bella Notte made it possible for us to give them more mobility and independence.” She adds, “You don’t want to miss this

event. It’s a wonderful dinner for a great cause.” Bella Notte - Experience Emilia Romag-

na is Tursday, February 7, 2019. Tickets are $200. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit bella-notte or call 204.272.8911.

Our donors rock!

Huge thanks to the Tri-Service Military Veterans Association of Canada for your generous donation to Deer Lodge Centre! Winter 2018

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