January 30, 2017 by ref4rett
The 5th Annual Ref4Rett was again another incredibly successful night, with over 500 people in attendance!!!! Truly amazing.
It is hard to put into words the feeling that we get when we see the Brant Sport Complex full to the brim with so many people who turned out to watch some great hockey and support Elle and Ref4Rett. We work so hard to pull this event together and when we sat in that arena on Saturday night and looked around, it left us feeling breathless and once again so proud to be a part of this special community.
To date, the 2016-2017 Ref4Rett season has raised over $25,000 and we are not done yet with the Knight of Columbus breakfast on February 5th. All of these funds are in support of Rett syndrome research in Canada and we couldn’t have done it without the support of all of the amazing people in this community.
Thank you to Todd Wood and the Paris Mounties for all of their support. The truth is that without Todd’s support we wouldn’t have the platform to even host such an event. To our event sponsors: Golden Windows Limited and Legends Taphouse and Grill and our additional sponsors Brantford Nissan, Canadian Home Inspection Services – Stewart MacNamara, Canadian Tire Paris, Kidtastic Adventures and Masonite. Thank you to Cindy Hefferan from Now & Always Special Event and Wedding Decor for donating all of the linens so that we could make the room look beautiful. Thank you to the Paris Mounties Alumni and the Ayr Centennials Alumni for agreeing to give of their time and raise money to be a part of this event. Thank you to Walter Gretzky for his surprise appearance at our event – bringing a smile to all those who met him. A special thanks to Courtney Hall for capturing many images of the night for us and to Tanya Taylor from Censational Photography for capturing moments from the night that we can’t wait to see (more photos to come). To our all of our volunteers, who without, we definitely couldn’t have made the night happen! Thank you to everyone who donated an item to the silent auction or who made a monetary donation. And last, but definitely not least, to all of the people who attended the event – none of our success could have been possible without your attendance.
A very special thank you Elle’s Rett sisters, Anna, Olivia and Marissa, for sharing this special night with us.
Since Elle’s diagnosis on October 26, 2012, we have learned to live our lives with hope and faith, and the on-going expression of support really does help to fuel our hearts and gives us the strength to continue on this journey.