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WRFN's Evening of Elegance 2019

On April 26 we journeyed back to our roots at our 5th annual signature fundraising event, Evening of Elegance. Hosted at Luther Village on the Park, our guests enjoyed an elegant evening of mixing and mingling while tasting delicious wine, beer and cider – all paired with appetizing food selections.

Celebrating our 10th year as an organization, we took time to reflect on why we came to be, enjoying stories from some of our founding parents, Trish Coupal, Bobbi Holte, Monique Kaptein and Sue Simpson. We also experienced a captivating performance from Guelph Spoken Word artist, Danielle Workman. Danielle connected with WRFN families to learn of their journeys and from there wrote and performed an emotional piece, “Blessings Perceived.” You can watch Danielle’s performance at https://youtu.be/-n1VDZIt8k0.


Each year, at this time, WRFN is excited to honour an outstanding volunteer. This year is no exception as we honour Sue Furey – an amazing volunteer who has committed her time to WRFN for almost 10 years.

Sue began her involvement as one of our first Parent Mentor volunteers and continues to connect with parents traveling a similar journey today. She has been actively involved on our Governance and Nominations Committee, participates on parent panels sharing insight and experience with others, and attends forums and focus groups where she shares input, creative ideas and solutions beneficial to our community.

Sue is an outstanding WRFN volunteer – someone who listens, understands, and willingly and graciously walks alongside others, sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience each and every day, so that they too can thrive.        

Our Master of Ceremonies, Mike Farwell, helped make the evening a success. With so many fantastic silent auction items it was easy to keep the excitement and competition alive! Guests were eager to buy raffle tickets for a two-hour Niagara Falls Scenic Flight Tour with Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre. Raffle tickets will be on sale until May 17. If you would like to support WRFN and have a chance to win this great prize please contact Krista.     

We would like to thank Heffner Lexus Toyota for their generous contribution as our event sponsor. A warm thank you to Luther Village on the Park for being our venue sponsor and the staff for all their hard work. Thank you to our corporate sponsors, Coupal Markou Commercial Real Estate Inc., Ernst & Young LLP, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, Melloul-Blamey Construction. Thank you to all our silent auction sponsors. The night would not have been possible without all of your generous contributions!  

You can see pictures from the evening on the snapd Kitchener Waterloo website.   


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