November 15 marked both the start of the holiday season and a special anniversary for St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.

On that date, the Foundation hosted their 25th annual Mistletoe Ball, attended by over 260 people and raising $187,500 for St. Paul’s Hospital.

The evening of dining and dancing at the Sheraton Cavalier, presented by PotashCorp for the fourth year in a row, featured a five-course meal by Robin Andreas, Sheraton Cavalier’s executive chef, and catering consultant Lindsay Cheveldayoff. Music during the reception was provided by Motel Tan, and guests danced the night away to the sounds of House Band.

Guests are seated at a table

Mistletoe Ball guests were served a five-course meal at the 25th annual event, held at the Sheraton Cavalier on November 15. Photo by Electric Umbrella.

“It was amazing to see photos showing how the event has evolved over the past twenty-five years,” said SPH Foundation CEO Bruce Acton. “Seeing twenty five years of commitment and dedication from the volunteers, donors, sponsors and attendees at this event was truly a humbling experience. We are very grateful for the support.”

The first Mistletoe Ball was held in 1990, and since its inception, Mistletoe Charity Ball sponsors, donors and guests have helped St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation raise over $2.8 million for medical equipment and patient care items at the facility.

Proceeds from this year’s ball will support the purchase of an ear, nose and throat surgery carbon dioxide laser. This machine resolves a number of ear, nose and throat issues, such as treating patients in the early stages of larynx cancer. Typically, patients would have to undergo as many as 30 treatments of radiation to remove such a cancer, but this advanced equipment could remove it in as little as a single treatment.  It can also be used for middle ear reconstruction, and to resolve the type of ear, nose and throat airway issues that currently requires patients to be sent out of province to treat.

Donors, sponsors and guests made this event a great success, including the Mistletoe Ball committee members: Committee Chair Carol Yelland, Barbara Berscheid, Cindi Gaucher, Marie Gormley, Dr. Helen Horsman, Janet Postle, Anne Reddekopp, Louise Rodgers, Tanya Wur, Grace MacLennan, and Kari Sinkewicz.

People dance in front of a band

After the meal, many danced the night away at the 25th annual Mistletoe Ball on November 15. Photo by Electric Umbrella.