March 10, 2013

Clitar Heroes Foundation Gala

I had the honor and pleasure of attending the Clitar Heroes Gala, March 9, 2013 and I am happy to announce that it was a huge success and the foundation has much to be proud of.....Together they raised $73, 000 plus.....

Many efforts we put forth to make this event a success...... to the generous support and time of the committee....... A Crew of Compassionate-Driven Volunteers with the goal of raising funds for various charities or groups......

Clitar Heroes Board of Directors
Leslee Byer
Shelia Chrystian
Chrystal Strader
Lesley Gierulski
Jody Rowswell
Jaime Schwedes
Patricia Auger Lachance
Melissa Dechaine
Kristi Robertson
Cathy McLeod-Bell
Trisha Dhoedt

Clitar Heroes Honorary Members
Hilda Brown
Malania DelaCruz
Tara Barsotti

Thank-you to Carla Turner from Breakfast Television for hosted this event......

Clitar Heroes has also teamed up with Caritas Foundation and has generously donated funds to the foundation to make the foundations total for the night over $100,000.

Guest Speakers were as follows:
Renee Archand LaFranchise
Lesley Gierulski
Karen Macmillan - Vice President of Acute Operations

Here are some sneak peeks from the evening..............

There were many supporters who donated fantastic items for the silent auction...the generosity is amazing.....items included the following, beautiful artwork, hockey tickets, jewelry, golf passes, purses, jackets, concert tickets, hockey jerseys, hair care products, training passes, cigars, wine baskets, clothing, and much much more..... Thank-you!!  I am now the proud owner of a new bracellet and get to watch a hockey game at the end of this month.

Congratulations to the Wayne & Elaine Kinsella on winning the WestJet Tickets.........

There was also much support from surrounding business who donated items, I would like to recognize the following businesses;

Go Frost Yourself - Edible Images
Quick's Cakes - Cakes, Cakepops & Cupcakes -

The beautiful flowers were donated from Wild Orchid

Thank-you to the Kinsmen Korral, St. Albert who donated the venue to the foundation for the evening......

I would also like to recognize the following people:
Videography by Harneet at ColdKid Media
Catering by Ryan at Amuse Bouche

The volunteers who were servers, dishwashers, bartenders and more, your efforts are appreciated and will not be forgotten.......

Servers were provided by Shelia McLeod, Marketing Girlss

To all who attended.......


To anyone I may have missed in this post, I apologize in advance......

Here is where it a team they raised $35, 000 the first year for the Underwear Affair, in support of Cancers Below the Waist.

The story behind the foundation

This foundation was set up to honour and remember Krista Michelle Simms. Krista passed away of cervical cancer on March 12, 2010 at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Millwoods at the age of 31. She left behind many friends and family, including her husband JP and 3 young children; Jorjia, Jace and Connor. The name “Clitar Heroes” was created by Krista in 2009 for her team that participates annually at the “Underwear Affair for Cancers Below the Waist”. In her memory we are raising money to renovate a patient room in the Palliative Care Unit 43 at the Grey Nuns’ Hospital in Millwoods where Krista spent time in 2009 and 2010. Our vision and goal is to re-create a “home away from home room” one at a time; in Unit 43 at the Grey Nuns Hospital. The first one will be the Krista Michelle Simms Room. Most people, when faced with a life-limiting illness prefer to remain at home. When the progression of disease causes complications that become difficult to manage, in many cases, staying at home is not an option. So was it with Krista.

In memory of Krista Michelle Simms, we are working together with the Caritas Foundation. The staff and nursing team already provide high-quality palliative care. Our vision is to enhance the rooms, one at a time, by making the rooms look less clinical. We would like to provide a larger bed so that a mother and her child could spend the night together cuddling. As well, for couples to sleep together, providing comfort to the ill and lessening their fears, knowing and feeling, that someone is close by, alleviating the fear of dying alone. Our vision also encorporates a professionally designed and decorated room accommodating an oversized lounger & ottoman, duvets & pillows in soft comforting colours; a dresser and large padded memory board to place favourite pictures and personal mementos brought from home. We would also like to ensure that the patient has access to Skype on a flat screen television screen enabling them to communicate with loved ones who are unable to visit. Everyone knows what a traditional hospital room looks like. The Krista Michelle Simms Room will be anything but traditional. The Krista Michelle Simms room will provide a warm, peaceful and tranquil environment. We are anticipating the cost to be approximately $25,000 to $35,000 per room.

You can also like them on facebook!/chf.fundraiser?fref=ts

Thank-you and look for more information coming soon for the 2014 Gala....

Memories Captured photography by Siobhan



Thank-you to all those who believed in me.....your support and encouragement will not be forgotten...



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