Expect a Night of Glitz and Glam at the Victory Ball

Recognized as a night of glitz and glamour, the MFRC-National Capital Region (NCR)’s third annual Victory Ball will be held Jan. 30 at the prestigious Chateau Laurier. Themed “On the Silver Screen,” the MFRC’s annual gala will raise funds for youth services programs.

“The Victory Ball 2016 is an opportunity to dress up and enjoy a night of luxury at the Fairmont Château Laurier all the while supporting and contributing actively to a great cause. January 30th will also be a night full of exciting prizes that will appeal to everyone,” said Émilie Gagnon Marketing Officer, MFRC-NCR.

A night to dust of mess kits and pick out the perfect ball gown, the Victory Ball is the MFRC-NCR’s biggest fundraising event of the year. The gala not only gives the MFRC an opportunity to raise much-needed funds but also to raise awareness about MFRC programming to Ottawa’s elite from the business world to medical professionals and from politicians to military officials.

This year, amongst other programs, the funds raised will go to youth services programming offered by the MFRC.

“The money is going directly towards our youth programming for children of the CAF community who are faced with the experience of the unique military lifestyle,” said Francesca D’Ambrosio, Executive Director of the MFRC-NCR.

D’Ambrosio says 100 per cent of the proceeds raised from the gala will be used for MFRC programming.

Guests of the MFRC will enjoy a four-course meal with wine included, dancing and 30s themed live entertainment. The evening will also feature a silent auction to win items such as a dream golf getaway to Scotland or a week in the sun in Mexico.

Attendees will be treated to a special Dance Demonstration from Canadian Senior III Latin, and Senior III Ten Dance Champions retired Maj.-Gen. Daniel Benjamin and his wife, Marjolaine Lagace.

Military VIPs, politicians, and foreign dignitaries are expected to be in the audience and Dawna Ramsay, Executive Director of the Academy of Medicine Ottawa, has been invited to speak, along with other guests.

The non-profit organization is also expected to announce a large donation made to the MFRC the night of the Victory Ball, according to D’Ambrosio.

This highly-anticipated event, sold out for the past two years, brings together different segments of Ottawa’s society and sheds light on the work the MFRC-NCR does.

“It’s the experience of the evening. It’s the ability to get a bunch of people in the same room that you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to get in one room at the same time and being able to get our message across at that time,” said D’Ambrosio.

To learn more about the 2016 Victory Ball visit their website.

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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