The annual Table of Hope soirée, which raises funds for Share the Warmth / Partageons l’Espoir, was held at The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, on René-Lévesque Boulevard, where, on that particular eve, thousands of demonstrators walked up and down, completely closing the wide four-lane avenue.
Still, guests made a great effort to attend, coming in the back way, taking the Métro, walking blocks and blocks. Fortunately, BEN MULRONEY, emcee of the Patrons’ Cocktail, made it, with his wife JESSICA BROWNSTEIN, and their beautifully behaved fraternal twins, Brian Gerald Alexander Mulroney and John Benedict Dimitri Mulroney.
MILA MULRONEY supported the event for her 17th consecutive year, co-chairing with DANIEL FOURNIER, executive vice president, Real Estate, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. At this event, top Montreal restaurants donate their time, food, chefs and staff so that guests can enjoy the best culinary choices of the city: Not to mention wines, and best basil from MR. BASILIC.
Celebrities and media personalities also volunteer (as does the hard-working committee of course). Among the many sous-chefs – who somehow made it through the demonstrators, showing their conviction to the cause – included The Honourable Lisa Frulla, MP Tyrone Benskin, star boxer Jean Pascal,
comedian Sugar Sammy, Quebec singer / celeb Jonas, Francine Grimaldi, Aaron Rand, Danielle Sauvageau, Mosé Persico,
Caroline van Vlaardingen, Bowser (George) and Blue (Rick), Terry Di Monte, Simon Chang, Peter Della Riva, Natasha Gargiulo,
John Griffin, Jamie Orchard and Andrew Peplowski(apologies to others…no more space!) The People’s Gospel Choir of Montreal had everyone up and dancing..working off the sweets from Délices de Dawn!
The packed Patrons’ Cocktail attracted paparazzi and Brian Mulroney, Cornelia and Alexis Nihon, Lise Watier and Serge Rocheleau,
Sondra and Michael Palanghio, and Table of Hope pres Herman Alvès. Peter Starr, of the Laurie Normand Starr Award, presented the honour to Judy Stevens,retiring co-founder / director Share the Warmth.
New director Fiona Crossling spoke, emphasizing the work of the non-profit organization. In 2009, then-Governor General Michaelle Jean visited Share the Warmth and praised their commitment to its mission: To awaken hopes and dreams by overcoming hunger and poverty. In spite of the challenging arrival route, the event was deemed to be ‘the best ever’, raising more than $186,000 – but monies are still coming in. Merci ! Scroll on down for a few of our favourites.