First Annual WNPEI Fundraiser a Great Success

Celebrate Island Women event gets a full house in support of Women's Network PEI

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

On November 16, the Board of Directors of Women’s Network PEI held its very first Celebrate Island Women fundraiser, bringing in an astonishing $15,000 for the non-profit organization.

(L-R) Sara Roach-Lewis, former Executive Director; Beti Andric, Chair of the Board of Directors; Jenny Melanson, Board member; Irish Mythen, singer-songwriter; Jillian Kilfoil, WNPEI Executive Director; Diana Tutty, Board member; Farahnaz Rezaei, Board member; Michelle MacCallum, former Executive Director; Alanna Jankov, Board member.

The three-part event took place at The Guild in Charlottetown and included live art by Becka Viau, whose wonderful, inspiring piece was auctioned off at the intermission. Teresa Wright emceed the evening, which started with speeches from the Chair of the Board of Directors, Beti Andric; the interim Executive Director, Jillian Kilfoil; the Honourable Paula Biggar, Minister of Responsible for the Status of Women; and remarks from the Honourable Sean Casey, read by Teresa Wright. WITTY Mama then took the stage and warmed up the crowd with improvised comedy sketches. Award-winning singer-songwriter Irish Mythen followed suit, intermingling stories, songs and music with great passion.

"We are incredibly grateful for the support we received for our first annual fundraiser, both from everyone who helped organize the event and from the community," says Beti Andric, Chair of the Board of Directors. "It was inspiring to see how passionate everyone was about the organization, the important projects it leads and the impact it has on women and the Island community as a whole. We're not sure how we're going to top this next year, but we're certainly off to a great start!"

The intermission proved to be a surprise for everyone, even the organizers! Once everyone was back in their seats, Becka's artwork found a new home and four lucky members of the audience won a raffle basket filled with items and gift cards donated by local businesses, each valued between $500 and $1,000. But before starting the last part of the evening, Irish Mythen had another trick up her sleeve and offered to auction off a private performance, which quickly turned into three private performances, boosting the total amount raised to close to $15,000.

The event was also backed by several major sponsors, including ARI Financial Services, Ben Livingston & Sons Welding, The Guild, Murphy’s Pharmacies, Revolution Media, Scotiabank and Upstreet Craft Brewing. The Board of Directors sincerely thanks everyone who made this event possible, as well all those who bought tickets and attended this fantastic evening.