General News · 25th October 2015
It's been a week since Trude's Eve morphed into a "musical morn", a celebration for the hard working volunteers where the jazz lasted almost til dawn and the contented smiles never faded.
The challenge with thanking people after something like this is there no way to list everyone who helped in a reasonable amount of space. With a sell out of close to 80 patrons and then maybe in excess of 50 volunteers involved at the hall, there may have been more than 15% of people on the island right now in attendance. It was a spectacular night.
Anchored by three dedicated chefs who worked for days in advance to get ready, "Trude's Taste Team" delivered to rave reviews including "a non-stop culinary cavalcade", "the classiest event at Gorge Hall in years", and "Great food, great show, Trude is an icon for what the elderly can accomplish". Hats off to Head Chef Stephen McRorie, Pastry Chef Lee Hodsman, and Chef Ian and his team of cooks. Then Corrin and Bonnie looked after the vegetarian/vegans and of course, Trude herself made the cake.
Beyond the kitchen, thanks to Patricia Firestone, our volunteer co-ordinator, all the wait staff, entertainment co-ordinator Tyler Vega, soundman Scotty Martin, head bartender Bobbi Lynn Jones and her team, administrator Izzy Ruthenberg with all the door staff, decorators and clean up crew, the WCC for maintaining such a top-flight facility, Barry Glickman for his inspiring opening speech, and anyone else who I may be forgetting.
Moreover, many thanks to all the entertainers (Meinsje Vlaming, Rick Storm, Dave Blitzinger and Denise Wolda to name a few), and all the people who donated food or provided it at below cost prices including the C-Fin, the Stacy Rock, Linnaea Farm, Channel Rock, Hollyhock and the CNFC (to mention another few). Ron Bazar, Steve Mawdsley and Trude combined to make a set of awesome handmade trophies. Henry Verschuur of Blue Jay Lake Farm won one of those for donating the most food, and young Reggie Martin won another (on behalf of his table) for a hotly contested and controversially judged table champion award. It was a lot of fun.
The night was a resounding success. More than $4,000 brought in, wound up putting in excess of another $2,000 towards the purchase price. Over and above all that, a new "Promise Trude Campaign" was launched where people promised $10 to $20 per month to support the operations of the property for the pivotal first few years. So, $135 a month was also raised, and then we heard that a group of solid Whaletowners are now moving to form a new society to shepherd the land initially. Great news!
Anyone we missed, please accept a heartfelt thanks in anonymity including all those from the south end and Squirrel Cove who continue to support the Whale of a Deal. There's still a lot more to do and time is getting short, but at this point we are hopeful and even confident of upcoming success. It is not something anyone could do alone ... and that's why we love this community.
Watch for Trude's Cookbook Launch and Bake off coming soon.
the jazz ensemble wowed everybody
many many volunteers to thank
quality and variety add to community
so much effort ... so much love