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January 25, 2013

Celebrating life, Celebrating a Supportive Community

Get ready to dance, get ready to bid on some fantastic prizes and get ready for a really enjoyable night, say organizers of the 9th Annual Celebration of Life Fundraiser/Dance.

“We’ve done our best to make this year’s event the biggest and most fun possible,” says Janet Robertson of the festivities happening at the Renfrew Armouries on Friday, February 1.

Music by Ottawa Valley-based The Riley New Band and the Ghost Town Cryers are a big draw, she figures. “They’re all a great bunch of guys and they’re happy to support a good cause.”

All proceeds from the evening will be directed to the Renfrew Victoria Hospital’s Oncology Unit and Digital Mammography Unit, and to Hospice Renfrew.

“Unfortunately the two organizations do go hand in hand sometimes, and we are so fortunate to have both of these great facilities in our town,” she adds.

Robertson began celebrating life by organizing an Easter Dinner benefitting the hospital as her way of giving back. She herself has had treatment off and on at the RVH Oncology Unit for the past 19 years in a fight against breast cancer.

The event has since morphed into the Celebration of Life Dance, which has become the one night of the year that Renfrew residents look forward to: “We have so much support, this is such an amazing community.”

New this year, Valley Heritage Radio has jumped on board to help with promotion of the event. MyFM has been a major sponsor each year along side long-time supporters Renfrew Scotia Bank, OVG Inc., and the IDP Group.

Local businesses also are very generous in showing their appreciation of the Celebration of Life efforts by donating numerous prizes for the silent auction. Anyone wishing to donate more prizes can contact Robertson directly at 613‑312‑0045.

There will also be a 50/50 draw and a light lunch buffet is served throughout the night.

“This event is a great fundraiser for the cause,” notes Barb Desilets, RVH Foundation Director. “Again this year Janet is raising the bar getting our community radio stations involved, which is only adding more excitement. Janet is always quick to point out that she has a great team of volunteers behind her, but it is important to note that she does get the ball rolling on this every year and we thank her for that level of commitment.”

The doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $10 per person and available at Renfrew Scotia Bank, Dahl’s Convenience Store, OVG Inc., Ray’s Flowers, Burnett Farm Supply or at the door.

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