November 15, 2012
For the ninth consecutive year, LO member Pathway to Perennials in Kettleby hosted its annual Art and Jazz Charity Garden Party.

The three-hour event on Sept. 20 raised $3,500 for Southlake Regional Cancer Unit. It was a record for the event. This now brings the nine year total to almost $25,000.

“Close to 100 people were in attendance and the weather held off once again making it an incredible night in the gardens. We want to thank everyone who came out to see us, all who were involved and all who so generously donated to make this night a huge success,” said Angie Mennen, general manager of Pathways to Perennials.

Statistics say that by 2014, in York Region alone, as many as 4,500 new cancer cases will be diagnosed each year, which is almost double the provincial average increase. “It is an important cause dear to the hearts of many,” said Mennen.

Visitors were able to peruse the fragrant perennial beds and lifestyle displays that were lit up with outdoor lighting. Many companies came together to donate prizes the cause. The raffle featured more than three dozen pieces of interior and exterior décor, plants, trees and garden accessories.

A new feature this year was an engraved granite rock donated by another LO member Stonemen’s Valley, also of Kettleby, which was placed in a silent auction in hopes to raise more money.