November 15, 2013
Art and Jazz Charity Garden Party marks 10th year
Pathways to Perennials opened its gardens for the 10th annual Art and Jazz Charity Garden Party, raising over $3,000 toward the Cancer Centre at Southlake Hospital in Newmarket.

For the past ten years LO member Pathways to Perennials in Kettleby has used its talent and facilities to help raise over $30,000 toward Stronach Regional Cancer Centre at Southlake Hospital in Newmarket.

On Sept. 26, the garden centre hosted its Tenth Annual Art and Jazz Charity Garden Party. It was Vegas for a night while wining, dining and playing popular casino games. The three-hour event raised $3,000 for the cancer centre.

Attendees enjoyed a beautiful evening of mouth-watering food prepared by Chef Ron and his wife Peti of the Pathways to Perennials Garden Café. While enjoying the food, guests were serenaded by the sounds of The Trilogy Jazz Project. Visitors were able to tour the perennial beds and lifestyle displays with outdoor lighting. As well, Lorraine Mennen, owner of Pathways to Perennials, led a tour of Hidcote Hideaway, the wedding gardens that are viewed by private tour only.

Dr. Woodrow Wells, physician lead of Radiation Medicine Program at Stronach Regional Cancer Centre, shared a few inspirational words about the importance of contributions to the program. The evening was capped by a raffle in which many companies came together to donate prizes. The raffle featured more than three dozen pieces of interior and exterior décor items, plants, trees, garden accessories and much more!

Stonemen’s Valley once again donated an engraved granite rock for the silent auction in hopes to raise more money for Southlake. “A very special thank you goes out to all of our proud sponsors and to those guests who showed their support! Success comes easily when like minds commit to work together towards a common goal,” said Mennen.

A number of LO members helped to sponsor the event. They are Aquascape, Blue Sky Nursery, Brookdale Treeland Nurseries, Greenstar Plant Products,  Sheridan Nurseries, Valleybrook and Vanhof and Blokker.

Plans are already underway for the 11th Art and Jazz Charity Garden Party.