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Victory Ball 2015 a Glamorous Success

Flapper dresses and fedoras were a must for the second annual Victory Ball, held at the Fairmont Château Laurier on January 31. Organizers went with a glamorous 1920s jazz theme.

The event raises money for the Military Family Resource Centre, National Capital Region (MFRC-NCR). Attendees included Lt. Gen. David Millar, chief of military personnel for the Canadian Armed Forces, and Senator Marjory LeBreton and her sister, National Capital Commission board member Kay Stanley.

“I had the honour of attending the Victory Ball held in support of the MFRC-NCR. As I listened intently to a military spouse speak from the heart about the importance of the centre and its support system to her and her children I could only imagine what this life must be like,” said Senator Lebreton.

Tickets to the posh event sold out quickly, and more tables were added, bringing the crowd to just under 300.

The silent auction offered attendees the chance to bid on an autographed National Hockey League Jersey, wine, spa kits, paintings, and a variety of other wonderful prizes.

A dinner with the Chief of Defence Staff General Tom Lawson was auctioned off for $2 thousand, with proceeds to the MFRC-NCR.

Military spouse, Shauna Gale spoke to the crowd, offering her experience with the Centre and its services.

“To leave your home, your communities where you put down roots, your precious personal achievements like developing a garden to enjoy for years and years, all this not an option for military families,” said Lebreton, moved by the story of Gale’s military family.

Keeping with the 1920s theme ‘cigarette girls’ walked through the crowd selling tickets on a draw for an overnight stay and flight to Chicago, courtesy of Porter Air.

Canadian Military Family Magazine team members were in attendance giving away free one-year subscriptions.

The Central Band played, entertaining the crowd through their four-course dinner and into the night. A midnight poutine bar finished off the evening.

MFRC-NCR serves the large military community consisting of 11,000 Military members, regular and reserve, including 8,000 spouses and 9,000 dependents who reside in the National Capital Region in both Ontario and Quebec.  The MFRC-NCR provides dedicated support programs and services for families that encounter frequent moves, deployments and other interruptions to their family lives that most Canadian families will never experience.

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Vicki L Morrison

Thanks to her husband's military career Vicki reinvented herself as a writer so she could work from home, while taking care of their three kids. A former MFRC executive director Vicki is a passionate advocate for military families who loves telling their stories.

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