Last night the Ottawa Senators Foundation hosted their annual #SensSoirée. It is their largest fundraising event of the year with all of Ottawa’s who’s-who in the room. So of course I was there. Sheesh. Seriously. Don’t you know who I am? Ya, so maybe I was riding on hubs’ coattails, but whatevs?!!
With the torch lit and the countdown to the 2014 Olympics on the theme for the evening was fitting: Sochi. A celebration of not just human excellence but the union of countries. And that’s exactly what the Soirée represents. A community coming together not just to honour our beloved hockey team but to support some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable.
The evening started out less than perfect. In fact, I was completely prepared to stay curled up in my grey sweat pants in front of the fireplace as I figured at least half of the guests would be doing the same. First, the NHL made a last minute schedule change meaning the Sens would now take on the Hurricanes IN Carolina Saturday afternoon. I was convinced they wouldn’t make it back in time. And besides, they were coming back from a long road trip that didn’t end well. Queue awkward conversations.
Not only that, Mother Nature was throwing a temper tantrum worse than any two year old and was making for less than ideal driving conditions. I checked the airport website on our way and declared to hubs that the team would not be making it.
The troopers we were (not like we really had a choice) we made it across the city. As we pulled up to the Hilton Lac-Lemay the text came in: the team had landed. Holy sh*t, maybe the night wouldn’t be so bad after all.
It only got better from there. As soon as we walked in the doors there was an amazingly positive vibe. It filled me. Turned my meh mood around. I caught up with people I hadn’t seen in eons. I put on my seamstress hat and averted a girlfriend’s wardrobe malfunction. I talked about Maddie without crying. I was smiling and laughing again.
After a glass of wine or three we were called for dinner. The room.was.spectacular. I was shocked. Breathtakingly elegant. I really wasn’t sure what to expect but the Foundation team #nailedit.
There was an energy to this event that I haven’t experienced in Ottawa before. It was electrifying. I’m still reveling. We experienced a taste of Russia both in the entertainment and food. Who knew I would love beet borscht? ням
Following dinner Stuntman Stu started his auction chant. One of the items I was excited to for was an original oil on canvas (30″x40″) painting by local artist Tony Harris entitled “Shinny”. I know, how appropriate at a hockey event, right? It was beautiful. Realistic to the point you didn’t know whether you were gazing out a window overlooking a park or a printed picture. A true Canadiana piece featuring a local landscape and pond hockey. One of those pieces that would suit anyone’s home no matter their taste. There was a buzz about this piece leading up to the event that carried through the evening. Best part? The piece brought in $12,000. TWELVE THOUSAND DOLLARS!