Past Fundraisers

Sisters of the Holy Rock Concert April 27, 2019

Thank you to the 270 PAL members, family and friends who attended the Sisters of the Holy Rock concert on April 27. The Sisters did an outstanding job and a great time was had by all, plus your support raised almost $5,000 for PAL!  The audience appreciated the “Sisters” (and brothers) musicality, humour and polished performance and the uplifting music and joyful spirit of the “Sisters” inspired a standing ovation. And a big thank you to all the volunteers whose efforts made the concert a success – the ticket sellers, the posterers, those who promoted the concert in a myriad of ways and the folks who not only paid for a ticket but also worked at the event as greeters, ticket sellers, ticket takers and ushers. You’re the reason PAL continues to succeed.

Food and Wine Pairing Gala Evening November 22, 2018 

Once again, a huge thank you to Riverwood Square! Heather Malazdrewicz (Director of First Impressions) and the helpful RS staff always provide us with a memorable PAL (55+) fundraising event. And a tour of their display suite upstairs in the residence is a real treat!

The cold weather didn’t keep our guests from coming out — so much so, that we ran out of coat racks and hangers and had to improvise and stack a few coats in the Games Room. Janice Lukes (City Councillor – Waverley West) and Jon Reyes (MLA – St. Norbert), always welcome guests at any of our events, attended and Lee Fehler came by to represent Terry Duguid (MP – Winnipeg South) who was out of town that day. Sarah Guillemard (MLA – Fort Richmond) wasn’t able to use her ticket that evening due to other commitments.

The highlight of the evening was the introduction of the Pembina Active Living (55+) film. A big shout-out to Alan Wong who is the filmmaker/director of this new venture for us. Pearl Young, age 94, is one of the PAL (55+) members featured in the film and it was delightful that Pearl was able to attend the Wine Pairing and see the premiere showing of the film.

And Linda Rzeszutek was very surprised and honoured (and unusually quiet) when Bob Roehle presented her with an Award of Commitment from the Manitoba Association of Senior Centres (MASC). 

We are always so thankful for the support of our community businesses that provide us with door prizes for our events. Please see the list below of donors and winners.

And of course, we couldn’t function at any of our events without the dedicated PAL (55+) volunteers! Thanks so much for all your help —  taking tickets at the Registration Table, providing directions at the entrances, taking photos, or selling 50/50 tickets during the evening.

We all enjoyed quite a party – the food, the beverages, the music, and time with friends. And who says that seniors can’t dance up a storm! The funds raised will be used to help PAL (55+) enhance the lives of seniors living in South Winnipeg. 

A few statistics about the evening:



Door Prize Winners:

50/50 Winner:



Food and Wine Pairing Gala Evening October 2017

A huge thank you to Riverwood Square – Linda Sherrin, General Manager and Heather Malazdrewicz, Director of First Impressions and their wonderful staff for another successful, fun event.  And, of course, to Roma Falsarella as Event Coordinator!

On October 26th, 2017, the weather was lousy but still, 131 people enjoyed quite a party and helped raise $3,739 (after expenses) to help PAL (55+) enhance the lives of seniors living in South Winnipeg. Everyone enjoyed the evening – the food, the beverages, the music and time with friends. It was such fun!

A few more statistics about the evening:

To see some photos from the event, please click here.


Fundraising Dinner 2016

On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, PAL (55+) held its fourth annual Fundraising Dinner at the Canad Inns Fort Garry with 140 people attending. The proceeds raised from this dinner will be added to the PAL (55+) Building Fund for a future home for our membership.

We were very pleased to welcome Nancy Gajdosik, PAL (55+) member, as our emcee, and Ray St. Germain as the evening’s entertainment, who delighted the guests with many old-time favourites.

A huge thank-you is extended to our dedicated Dinner Committee who met over the summer months to plan this event. They had a lot of fun and worked so well together as a team – brainstorming and putting ideas into action!

Dinner Committee:

Many thanks also to the business community for supporting our 2016 Fundraising Dinner. We were able to put together 25 amazing gift baskets. We added to our fundraising with the Dufresne Raffle ($2,000 Gift Card) that will count towards the total amount raised from the Dinner and will go towards the PAL (55+) Building Fund.

The extensive list of contributors to the dinner sponsorship and prizes is provided below.

Corporate Sponsorship Program:

 Special Donor ($2,000)

Gold ($2,000)

Silver ($1,500)

 Dinner Sponsorship Program:

 Ruby ($500)

Sapphire ($250)

PAL Prize Basket Donors:


Dufresne Raffle

Dufresne graciously donated a $2,000 GIFT CARD that was raffled off at the 2016 Fundraising Dinner. Many thanks go to Terry and Don Duguid for arranging this with Dufresne, and a huge thank you to Shaun Dufresne for his generous support of PAL (55+). Last year, Dufresne provided a lovely sofa and two-seater for our raffle.  The raffle was won by Kathleen McLennan.  Here she is with some of her lovely new Dufresne furniture,