One of the great annual benefit parties for various good causes around town is that of the venerable Atwater Library and Computer Centre.
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Unitarian Church of Montreal
On the eastern edge of Westmount, with a thin, triangular slice that overlaps Montreal, this bi-city cultural hub has a respected history and a dedicated corps of 190 volunteers.
Its rich offerings of lectures, concerts, readings and meetings complement special programs for young people, seniors, immigrants and disabled. Receiving only $46,000 a year in government funding, it relies heavily on fees and private donations. This year’s event netted about $80,000.
The even was MCed by benefit regular and CBC anchor Dennis Trudeau and orchestrated by library director Lynn Verge. The guests of honour were the husband-and-wife team of Lawrence and Constance Pathy. Through the Pathy Family Foundation (link opens PDF) and otherwise, they have contributed to the Atwater Library and other good causes.
Music was provided by the Dave Turner Jazz trio, with Garry Schwartz and David Gelfand.
The silent auction, ranging from gowns, trips and objets d’art, also included a dinner for two with former Habs GM Bob Gainey, a regular library supporter. A Montreal Canadiens jersey with Brandon Prust’s number was available, as were 18 framed prints by Gazette editorial cartoonist Terry “Aislin” Mosher, a staple of this event.
Dunns provided the tasty smoked meat that enticed even quasi-vegetarian me to supplement my pickles.
Fundraising continues for skylight replacement and an elevator.