Chefs’ dinner another success

In the words of its organizer, the local Alzheimer Society’s second-annual “Chefs’ Charitable Dinner and Auction” here Sunday shaped up to “a night to remember.”
Margaret Schonewille, executive director of the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River District, said Monday that funds still are coming in but the dinner at the Fort Frances Curling Club raised about $4,700—a little more than last year’s total of $4,417.
The dinner, which drew about 70 people, featured appetizers, soup, and salads as well as a gourmet entrée buffet, including everything from marinated steak to glazed ham to wok-seared scallops in wine sauce and lemon pepper chicken.
The menu was prepared by chefs from both the Rainy River and Kenora districts, with food donated by area businesses.
“I was very, very pleased,” said Schonewille. “I hope the guests enjoyed themselves, as well.
“This is the first time the chefs worked to present their own food. Last year, they worked together presenting one plate,” she noted. “This way they could show the community what they could really do.
“I thought that was quite good.
“It was also fantastic to see so many businesses, even though they are approached by so many people, were able to help us. That’s to be commended,” added Schonewille.
“Some days, they seem to be giving everything and not getting. I’m thrilled with the businesses and their willingness.”
Those who attended the chefs’ dinner agreed it was worthwhile.
“I’m still full,” Teresa Hazel said Monday morning.
“It was delicious. I really did enjoy myself,” added Hazel, who was seated with other members of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s special events committee.
“It was a fun night.”
“I’m still full,” echoed Allison Albanese, who attended the dinner with her husband, Coun. John Albanese.
“It was beautiful,” agreed Coun. Albanese. “The fellowship around us was tremendous, and the food was unbelievable.
“The people doing the fundraising for the Alzheimer Society really deserve kudos,” he added.
The dinner also featured a penny auction and a live auction, with the latter being conducted by Atikokan auctioneer Lanny Cross, grandson of Herb Cross.
Deputy Mayor Tannis Drysdale was honourary chef while Mike Alan of B93•FM emceed the evening.
Schonewille noted those who enjoyed themselves can look forward to next year as the tradition of the chefs’ dinner most certainly will continue on here.
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The local Alzheimer Society also held a roast beef dinner at the Legion in Rainy River on Saturday, which brought in about $2,200.
And its annual “Penny for your thoughts” weigh-in at Canadian Tire this past Friday and Saturday also went very well, noted Schonewille.
A total of 220 pounds of copper was donated, including a 46-pound donation from the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29, who also gave Schonewille a cheque for $100.
In return, the Legion won the prize (a hurricane lamp) for the most pennies turned in.
Anyone who missed the weigh-in is encouraged to bring their pennies to the Alzheimer Society’s used book sale coming up Feb. 8-10 at Revco Carpet here.
As well, those wanting to donate books to that sale can start rounding them up now and drop them off there starting this week.
The book sale will work as it has in past years—just grab a bag, fill it with books, and make a donation.
Last year’s book sale here brought in more than $2,300.