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Starry Summer Night 2017

What a great birthday party!!

Despite the crazy weather, 200+ guests and volunteers dressed up in their best
Canadiana costumes and braved the conditions on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 to
attend the 3rd annual Starry Summer Night Bash helping us celebrate Canada’s
150th and Moorelands’ 100th birthdays. They also helped us achieve our very
significant goal of sending 100 kids to camp!

Our volunteer water taxi service using Old Mill Marina’s rental fleet kicked off the
evening by ferrying guests to the island where they mingled under the marquee
tent with fellow cottagers and admired all the fun and amusing Canadian themed
costumes. Guests also had the option to take a tour of the “Heritage and Hope”
timeline, which was created by this summer’s 600 Moorelands campers which
represented significant Canadian and Moorelands achievements from each
decade of our collective history. Everyone was treated to drinks, popcorn, and
delicious hand crafted pizza made by Sean and Carole of Il Fornello and pizza
artisan and cottager, Sean Cunliffe, in the generously donated wood fired pizza
oven that would be auctioned off later in the evening.
As guests moved up to the beautifully decorated dining hall to participate in the
silent auction, they enjoyed the sweet jazz sounds of Charisse Sevens and Joe
Alfano. Guests dined on fresh oysters and tasty appetizers from Muskoka caterer
Christine Bib, all elegantly served by several volunteer cottage kids and students
from both marinas. Muskoka Brewery and Flat Rock Cellars were also on hand to
help round out the evening with beer and wine. A special shout out to the many
donors and area businesses for the more than 35 silent auction items that were
donated, making the evening that much more exciting with some very
competitive bidding. We couldn’t make this event happen without your help.

Guests also had a chance to hear first hand from Autumn, a brilliant guest
speaker, camp counsellor, and leader. What a pleasure! You could have heard a
pin drop as she moved the crowd with how being able to attend Moorelands
Camp can certainly be a positive life changing experience for a child growing up.
We were all inspired by her comments.

Best costume prizes of

three $150 gift cards
courtesy of Mountain
Trout House were won by
Terry and Cathy Cully, Al
McGlade, and Chantal
Hamilton. The three
Canadian raffle prizes of a
pair of Canadian sweaters,
Canadian wall art, and
Canadian retro Cooler also
went home to happy
tickets holders. Winners
were selected by the ever
helpful staff at
Moorelands — thank you
for being the best support
to us. You really made the
evening special.

Emcee and cottager Adrien MacInerney got the crowd warmed up for auctioneer
Wally James, of Apsley Auctions, as Wally showed our guests the many
advantages and benefits of taking home one of the 16 live auction items. Wally
also encouraged and challenged the crowd to remember why we were all there
— to send 100 kids to camp. It got a little loud as some lively bidding took place,
but in the end, when we tally up the totals, we are thrilled to say we reached our
goal of sending 100 kids to camp by raising more than $115,000. To our big-
hearted and charitable sponsors, donors and guests — thank you for being so
generous and enthusiastic and for recognizing for the last three years that
collectively we can make a difference.

A special thank you to our many volunteers — students who served food, water
taxi drivers, photographers, popcorn makers, raffle ticket sellers, and pizza
makers. And of course the entire Summer Starry Night committee, for stepping
up yet again for Moorelands Camp. We truly couldn't do it without you.

As the evening drew to a close, mother nature finally cooperated and gave us a
Starry Summer night we all deserved. We hope you can join us for next year’s
Starry Summer Night on August 18, 2018.

Brenda Norfolk / Mike Wiebe

Starry Summer Night Committee