On the evening of Friday, June 19th, guests were welcomed to the Lancer Family Restaurant in St. Catharines to enjoy a gourmet dining experience with a fun 1950s theme, all in support of the YWCA Niagara Region! There were classic records, poodle skirts, beautiful scarves and even an Elvis look alike in attendance!
The idea behind this event was to have a gourmet dinner in a classic diner setting, hence the ‘Finer Diner’ title. Guests were served a delicious 5 course meal, which included tomato basil soup, beer pretzels, salad, delicious roast beef and old fashioned chocolate milkshakes. Each course was paired with a local wine or beer (thank you to Calamus Estate Winery, Brimstone Brewing, Fielding Estate Winery, and Konzelmann Estate Winery for your donations!). A very heartfelt thank you to Maria Donato for preparing and cooking the delicious food for the night. The cherry on top was a scrumptious 1950s themed cake made by Karen Teal. Our special guest, Elvis (Djino LeFrancois) cut the cake for our guests, provided us with amazing entertainment, and sang ‘The King’s’ greatest hits.
But that’s not all! A live auction was held and there were so many amazing prizes — everything from Niagara Falls Getaways to a Father’s Day Fishing & Beer basket! The auction was a huge success as guests kept bidding and bidding, all for a great local cause! Special thanks to Nicki Inch’s son, Nate, for hosting the live auction. Thank you to all of the guests for coming out, bidding on prizes and supporting the YWCA!
And we can’t forget — a BIG BIG thank you goes out to the amazing planning committee who organized this event: Danielle Murray, Mary Comfort, Margaret Corbett, Sue Forgeron and Rachael Forgeron. These ladies used their creativity and connections to coordinate this one of a kind dinner and raised money for the essential programs and services at the YWCA! Another huge thank you to all the volunteers who came out and helped with the event for the night. As always, without all the amazing volunteers taking the time to plan and attend events like this, the YWCA would not be able to provide women with everything they need to reach their full potential.