Friday, October 16th, 2020
Registration Opens September 9th!
We're Going Virtual!
In a pandemic, we must adapt. And adapt we have! We are excited to announce the 19th Annual Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Gala is going virtual!
While the event might look a little different this year, we're approaching it with the same enthusiasm and fundraising intensity as we always have, as the needs of Soldiers' haven't gone away.
In fact, your support this year is more important than ever. COVID-19 has increased the pressure on our healthcare system and our healthcare workers. Our fundraising dollars have to go further.
We're looking forward to taking this virtual journey with you and can't wait to see everyone participating in Soldiers' Spooktacular Soirée from the comfort of home!
What is a Virtual Gala?
A virtual gala is very similar to a traditional gala, but instead of gathering together in a public setting, you do not have to leave your living room to join in on the fun!
The evening will be full of entertainment centred on supporting our cause while celebrating our Halloween theme. You’ll hear remarks from our team of heathcare professionals and guest speakers, get to participate in a silent auction and raffle and enjoy an overall spooktacular experience!
The evening will be guided by Layne, aka The Auctionista – a virtual gala expert. Dynamic, and full of energy, Layne will be acting as the host and emcee of the evening, navigating us through the various exciting elements we have planned for the night.
A Message from our Chairs
We hope you’ll join us virtually for our 19th annual gala – you won’t want to miss out on the fantastic evening we have planned! With your help, we can enhance care for our patients and their families and the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital community.
Thank you for your support in these uncertain times.
Rachelle Austin & Hanan Fahmy
Soldiers’ Spooktacular Soirée Virtual Gala Chair & Vice-Chair
Online City-Wide Silent Auction
We’re actively collecting silent auction item donations. If you have something you’d like to contribute, please just let us know!
Learn more about our online silent auction by visiting the dedicated FAQ page!
Soldiers' Spooktacular Soirée 50/50 Raffle
One of the big benefits of hosting a virtual gala is that the entire community can participate! That’s especially exciting when it comes to a raffle draw with a prize pot that can reach up to $50,000!
The raffle is open to anyone over the age of 18. Tickets can be purchased individually or in groupings of 4, 10 and 25. Click here to purchase your raffle tickets online or call the Foundation Office today at 705.325.6464. The winning ticket will be pulled at 10 pm October 16th, 2020.
Spooktacular Evening Add-ons
There will be no ticket sales to this year’s gala and everyone is welcome to participate! However, we are offering a few additional ways to get the most out of your gala experience.
The package(s) will be delivered right to your door (home or office) for you to enjoy while you are viewing the gala from home!
- Wine and wine glasses
- Charcuterie board with select meats and cheeses
- Halloween candy
- Candy apple
- Pumpkin and carving kit
- Soldiers’ swag items
- Sponsor swag items
- Hard copy of the gala program
- Additional surprises!
Includes all of the above and a few extra goodies for children to join in on the fun too.
For those small groups interested in hosting a dinner party on the evening of the gala, we have the perfect solution for you. We will happily deliver dinner for six, including a tailored VIP package to accompany it. Meals will be prepared by your choice of Lake Country Grill, Eclectic Cafe or Rustica Pizza Vino. Dietary selections will be made available on September 9, 2020.
Do you have what it takes to carve the winning pumpkin? The carving contest, sponsored by Erin K. Watson Law, is a virtual way to show off your creative talents while supporting your Hospital. Complete details will be available closer to the event. To participate, entrants must purchase a Jack O' Lantern voucher for $10. Vouchers are also included in the VIP Packages.
Costumes are half the fun of a virtual Halloween Party! That's why we're throwing a Costume Contest October 16th. Categories are: Best Adult Costume, Best Child Costume and Best Group Costume. Fantastic prizes to be won! Complete details will be available closer to the event. To participate, entrants must purchase a Costume Contest voucher for $10. Vouchers are also included in the VIP Packages.
Updates to the virtual gala plan will be posted here as they become available, so check back often or make sure to watch the discussion tab on our Facebook event page! We can’t wait to see your creative costumes and look forward to a spooktacular evening in.