Support Our Troops Gala set to entertain and raise money for military families 

With a vision of giving civilians a special way to recognize military members and their families, Health and Charity is hosting its first ever Support Our Troops Gala on Feb. 23.

Originally intended to be held on Dec. 7, the decision to postpone the event was made to create a wider impact.

“It wouldn’t have quite created the impact that we wanted, as a result from this event. So rather than have a little bang we wanted a big celebration,” said Holly Ormsby, Managing VP of Health and Charity.

The black-tie event will start out with a cocktail reception and will feature an espresso coffee bar, a four-course meal, a Support Our Troops booth and a silent auction that includes a flight in a fighter jet and much more.

“It’s a phenomenal opportunity to experience a little bit of that military world for civilians who haven’t had any exposure to that world,” said Ormsby.

A military spouse herself of six years Ormsby noted, “there’s some really cool stuff on the table,”

Additionally, Health and Charity are now offering a significant discount to military members, tickets have been reduced from $150 to $95.

According to Ormsby the Gala will give attendees a taste of military life while gaining an understanding of the challenges and adventures of military members and their families.

Health and Charity is an up and coming Ottawa-based organization that connects consumers to local businesses that give back to their communities. The company was founded to alleviate the struggles of charitable and non-profit organizations who were faced with donor fatigue and lack of funds due to a suppressed economy.

Because of their expertise, Health and Charity’s gala will specifically be attended by many local business owners who support military members, veterans and their families.

“Sometimes walking into a room knowing that people already support you is overwhelmingly wonderful,” commented Ormsby, who says that the organization believed this was an important component to the evening.

Proceeds from the silent auction and gala will go towards the Support Our Troops Fund.

“We’re hoping to hit some fairly decent numbers,” stated Ormsby.

Ormsby believes that Support Our Troops is a vital program in supporting the individuals of the military community.

“It was developed to help military members and veterans and their families get through the many challenges that come with this lifestyle, some are incredibly challenging and some are just a little bit challenging. But that’s what Support Our Troops does, they’re there to help us with whatever comes our way and that’s phenomenal. I’m very happy to be a part of this,” said Ormsby.

Along with a date change, the gala will now have other significant changes and additions. The Central Band are set to play at the event and many more sponsors have signed on.

Proceeds from the Support Our Troops Gala and the silent auction will go towards the Support Our Troops Fund.

The Support Our Troops Gala will be held on Feb. 23 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Centurion Event Centre in Ottawa, ON.

Regular tickets are $150. Tickets for military members are $95. To purchase tickets visit the Health and Charity 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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