Garden Villa soiree serves up $1,100 for Chesterville Fire Station

Presiding over Garden Villa's Chesterville Fire Station fundraiser evening were (front, from left) Jim Henderson, Lisa Boucher, Anne McLean, Kent Merkley and Chief Mike Gruich. In back are (from left) Jeremy Moore, Matt Giles and Dave Lannin. Courtesy photo

Health and Wellness Day set for May 26 as next public event

CHESTERVILLE — Polished and buttoned up in their formal uniforms, local firefighters toted trays of hors d’oeuvres to 100 guests at Garden Villa’s April 13 Black & White Soiree event.

A first-ever fundraiser for the Chesterville Fire Station organized by the Garden Villa, the event raised $1,100 for the cause.

“Our has been to start the year off by connecting with the community, so this was our first event,” said Garden Villa Recreation Co-ordinator Karen Parks of the “awesome” soiree.

Friends, family and residents turned out to enjoy wine and food pairings, along with special entertainment.

Well supported with donated items from local businesses, the event’s silent auction alone “brought in over six hundred bucks,” exclaimed Parks.

“People were asking us if we could do it again,” she acknowledged, when asked if the event might become an annual one.

Garden Villa intends to continue the trend of reaching out to the community with special events. Next up is a May 26 Health and Wellness Day featuring a host of vendors, service providers and information booths.

Meanwhile, April 21 was an “Earth Day” rummage swap at the residence, where used items were exchanged from tables set up in the common living area around the grand staircase.

This spring’s special events were also preceded by a special Mardi Gras performance in the dining room in February.

A video montage of scenes from the soiree appears below.


Activities are not in short supply at Garden Villa.

Dittei Jaring of the Garden Villa folds one of the contributed fashions during the Chesterville residence’s Earth Day rummage swap, April 21. Residents set out tables of items for re-use by others. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News



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