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.
Think back to the last time you went out for dinner…you probably had a delicious meal, an alcoholic beverage or two, and enjoyed the company of your loved ones. Today, going out for dinner appears to be a necessity and we often forget that for some, having healthy food on the table at home is a luxury. With this in mind, the YWCA and The Lancer ha
ve organized an enjoyable and affordable fundraiser to help us feed homeless women and children in the area. The Finer Diner Dinner event is a five course dining experience and each course is paired with a local wine or beer to compliment. We invite you to join us for a big bash 1950’s style at The Lancer on June 19th 2015 where talented chefs will be putting a fine dining twist on old and hearty dinner classics. For one ticket at the price of $85.00, you can enjoy a live auction, an Elvis impersonator, a five-course dinner with wine and beer pairings, and the company of your loved ones with all proceeds going to the YWCA to feed homeless women and their children.
Coming from somebody who has worked in a restaurant for the past three years, I know first hand that the most popular nights of the week to go out for dinner are Fridays and Saturdays. Therefore, I invite you to choose to attend the Finer Diner Event on Friday June 19th, 2015 as your attendance and dining experience will make a difference. You will be making healthy food available to homeless women and children in your community. By choosing to attend this event, you are making a difference by simply going out for dinner, a social norm that most people participate in once a week regardless of the circumstances surrounding it.
By attending this fundraiser, not only are you helping those in need to eat better, but also you are helping them to live better and that is priceless. Healthy eating is linked to many positive things, including: a decreased risk of disease, a normal body weight, a decrease in stress levels and an increase in overall happiness and wellbeing. This is why providing healthy food to individuals in need is so important. The first step to a better life is better health, and the primary step to achieving that is healthy eating. You as a reader have the power to be the reason that a woman and her child have healthy food on their dinner table. Spread the message and invite your friends and family. Imagine what the world would be like if nobody went hungry. This is your chance to be a part of the change that you wish to see in the world.
For any additional information or to buy tickets, please visit: https://www.ywcaniagararegion.ca/events/finer-diner-dinner/