This year’s Russell Ladies’ Night themed ‘Camp Ladies Night’ in honour of event beneficiary, Camp Erin

Photographed above are, Ladies' Night Committee members; Josee Nuget, Sarah Dupont, Judy McFaul (co-chair), Lynne Rochon (co-chair), and Michelle St. Pierre. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

EMBRUN — The Russell Agricultural Society’s Ladies’ Night Committee is teaming up with Camp Erin in their 17th year to provide an evening celebrating women on Friday, May 8 at the Russell Arena.

This morning members of the committee, sponsors, and Township Council attended an event launch party hosted by Ladies’ Night Committee member Michelle St. Pierre at her business, Bay Street Salon & Spa, in Embrun. 

 “Our theme this year is Camp Ladies Night. We are changing things up a bit this year, going for a more relaxed camp theme. Camp Erin takes place each year in June, at Rideau Hill Camp, in Kemptville. We’re excited to be supporting this cause and local children who are grieving after the loss of a loved one”, said Judy McFaul, Co-Chair of the 2020 Ladies’ Night Committee.

Photographed above, Theresa Wever of the Russell Fairboard, Carolyn Bourassa Camp Director Carefor Health, Ladies’ Night Committee members; Josee Nuget, Sarah Dupont, Judy McFaul (co-chair), Lynne Rochon (co-chair), Michelle St. Pierre and Camp Erin Founder, Lianne Acres-Hanna. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

“This event is for women only. It will include a delicious dinner, a live auction, and draws for great prizes.  And new this year, we’ve invited Rainwater Whiskey, a local band from Ottawa to perform for the ladies. Monies raised from the auctions will help to send kids to camp at no cost to them or their families,” said Lynne Rochon, event Co-Chair.

Camp Erin® is the largest national bereavement program for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities. Led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills, and make friends with peers who are also grieving. Additional services are offered to support the whole family outside of the camp weekend. Through a network of partnerships with bereavement programs in local communities across the US and Canada, Camp Erin brings hope and healing to thousands of children and families annually and is offered at no cost to families.

The cause really hits home for committee member Michelle St. Pierre.

“I lost my husband when my son was 2. He’s 18 now but it would have been wonderful to have something like that I help him grieve,” St. Pierre insisted. 

“Along with our sponsors and partners, individuals, and businesses who generously donate auction items and services, and the 500 ladies who will attend our event, we will help Camp Erin continue to host this camp for children in Eastern Ontario”, said Judy McFaul. 

Russell Township Councillors Mike Tarnowski and Cindy Saucier sounded their support for the committee and this year’s cause.

“I’m a big supporter. I’ve gone to every Ladies’ Night since inception. It’s a wonderful evening for a great cause! said Saucier. 

“It’s so great to see grassroots organizations such as this one, that are so community-based and make our Township even better,” expressed Tarnowski.  

Tickets are $55 each and must be purchased in advance (reserved seating) either online at www.RussellFair.com, by emailing russellladiesnight@gmail.com, or by calling 613.445.4161. For details and updates on the event, follow us on Facebook – see Russell Agricultural Society. 

A proven track record

Since 2004, the Russell Agricultural Society’s Ladies’ Night event has raised more than $400,000 for causes, including the Canadian Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis, Juvenile Diabetes, the Family Care Room of the Winchester Hospital, Huntington Society of Canada, Look Good Feel Better Program, Fragile X, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, D.I.F.D. (Do It For Daron) at The Royal, Make-A-Wish® Eastern Ontario, ALS Canada, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, Alzheimer Society, Autism Canada, Parkinson Canada, DEBRA Canada, and this year Camp Erin. 

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