The rafters were ringing at the Country Heritage Park Gambrel Barn on the moonlit Saturday night of April 27th as the 6th Denim and Diamonds Gala presented by the Milton Rotary Club was in the house!
The goal was to have some serious fun with participants showing off their country roots, boots, and line dancing skills. Rebecca Hunter, Milton Rotary President observed, “It’s not formal and people enter relaxed from the get-go. I think they have fun cracking out their cowboy hats and there’s no having to coax people onto the dance floor, that’s for sure!”
“Our band, the Groovy Brothers, is a very popular draw as well. They’re well known in town and they have a large fan base.”
The object of the evening, besides raising the roof, was to raise funds for two deserving Milton establishments. Since its Denim and Diamonds inception, the Rotary Club has been supporting the MDHF Pediatric Family Lounge to great effect. This year, the Townsend Smith Foundation, a locally based hospice and palliative care initiative, has been added to the fundraising effort having been identified as a much-needed support within the community.
Rebecca was pleased to announce that this year’s Denims and Diamonds Gala attained its most successful fundraising goal to date. “We exceeded our expectations and we achieved our budgeted goal of $9000 but it looks like we cleared above that. It puts us in a very good position to plan for next year.”
Live auction items contributed to the fundraising coffers with unique packages including a KOA Toronto West overnight stay in a deluxe cabin, dinner for two at Langdon Hall known for its Five-Diamond dining reputation, a luxury weekend for 3 couples at Vineland Estates at their global top 20 winery restaurant plus B&B stay and the signature auction item, The Wheelbarrow of Wine, containing over 50 bottles of wines of assorted vintages!
Robbie White returned as the ebullient auctioneer who expertly coaxed bidders to keep the bidding going higher and even throwing in the occasional neck massage to audience members to encourage multiple bids!
This year a new sponsor Vineland Estates Winery came on board to show support from the Golden Horseshoe area. David Hulley, Director of Customer Experience shared that John Lintack, President-elect of the Milton Rotary Club and a longtime friend, had contacted him about participating.
“As a winery, we are approached on a daily basis by very worthy charitable causes both big and small. We want to help everyone, but of course, that is not possible. Therefore, we need to have some filters so we can really help those we can. When children in need are involved we tend to put these requests at the top of the pile. We are also big supporters of hospice as it affects all of us at some point. Th e Denim and Diamonds Gala touched both.”
“Vineland Estates Winery also knows that many of our wine club members live in Milton and we want them to know that we appreciate them and that we support their home community as well. Many Miltonians subscribe to our newsletter and we like to show our community support in return.”