The Alexandria Women’s Day annual event began 11 years ago, and exists to raise funds for Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital (HGMH). On Sunday March 24, Women gathered from Montreal, Gatineau and surrounding areas to celebrate Women’s Day at École secondaire catholique Le Relais in Alexandria.
“We are always so very proud to raise an average of $23,000 for HGMH”, said Manon Lalonde, President of the Alexandria Women’s Day event. “Our goal is to purchase equipment that is geared towards the comfort of the HGMH patients”, said Lalonde. “For the last six months, our committee of nine volunteers have been dedicated to make this day the success that it was.”
Every year, regardless of mother nature’s mood, women line up and tough the elements, in order to be the first 400 through the doors! The keeners are then gifted a goodie bag filled with fun samples and beauty products. The fun day continues with a packed bingo hall, lunch, silent auction, and the always popular Viau Ladies Wear fashion show. At least 1,000 ladies walked the hallways and gymnasium with 92 booths promising to have something to appeal to all who were present.
A wide variety of prizes were drawn throughout the day and Réal Lajeunesse was the grand prize winner of two Air Canada tickets (sponsored by Air Canada) anywhere within North America. There was also another lucky winner from the 50/50 draw nearing $1000 in cash.
Photo 2: Josée Ménard walking the runway for Viau Ladies Wear Fashion Show
In 2016 she wrote her first book Dare to be Raw, which is her true story of triumph over tragedy.Willard's book is available at The Review or through her website.
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