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Starry Summer Night

Kathryn Winning

2017 is shaping up to be a banner year - Canada's 150th birthday,


Moorelands Camp's 100 anniversary and the third annual Starry Summer
Night fund-raising gala on Kawagama Lake.

From a 2015 dream to help Mooreland's Wilderness Camp, this fundraiser


has become THE ‘must attend’ event of the season and is certain to be a
sellout again this year.
The 2016 committee who worked cheerfully and tirelessly to make the
event a huge success included Brenda Norfolk, Mike Wiebe, Jim Kauffman,
Rachel Reid, John BcBride, Lee Anne Wiebe, John Rumble, Paul Buligan, Rob
Walisser and myself.
And what a success it was! With amazing auction items ranging from
floatplane rides to deluxe weekend canoe trips, Tesla weekends to concerts
and much more, our goal of raising $60,000.00 was exceeded by more than
$30,000.00.
That in itself is somewhat of a miracle and could not have happened without
the dedication of the SSN committee, the donors and sponsors; the true
miracle, however, is how Kawagama Lake cottagers came together as a
community and opened their hearts and wallets on the evening of August
20th.
Sponsors Il Fornello, Muskoka Brewery, Flat Rock Cellars, Mountain Trout
House, Old Mill Marina and the many donors assured that guests enjoyed
great food, drink and camaraderie, a silent auction and an exciting live
auction with something for all tastes.
Kirk Dudstchak, the successful bidder of the Gordon Lightfoot Massey Hall
Concert tickets and after party said, "It was incredible…front row tickets
with my buddies and then meeting Gordon backstage to top it off!"
Peter Evans, whose bidding was fast and furious, can hardly wait for this
year's party. Having successfully bid on the Johnny Walker Tasting for
himself and 15 of his closest friends, he is now considered the Scotch
connoisseur of the lake.
The highlight of the evening had to be when twenty four generous families
rallied to the call of 'send a kid to camp for a week' each donating $1,150.00.
It was a truly moving experience to watch one person after another step up
to be counted.
As the full moon rose, approximately 175 cottagers became better
friends and better neighbours, honoured to share the beauty, wonder
and joy of Kawagama Lake with evermore Moorelands Wilderness
Camp campers.
Mark your calendars now for August 19th. Be part of this event again
this year, because doing something this important, while having a ball,
is what its all about.