Wine and Food Pairing Gala - a great success!

November 28, 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:


  • Tickets reserved – 144 out of 150; 7 tickets cancelled (not paid) 
  • Total tickets sold – 137
  • Total attended – 131
  • PAL Member Guests – 59
  • Non-member Guests – 78


  • Minimum donation of $25 was requested, but we had 17 guests (3 non-members) who paid more than $25 (from $35 – $100)
  • Total Donations: $4,004  
  • Expenses: $50 approx.
  • Profit: $3,954

Door Prize Winners:

  • Julie Cappello – donated by PAL Member (Glenis Younger) – Handknit fur-trimmed mitts & a Staples 2019 Agenda
  • Lenore Paupanekis – donated by Riverwood Square Gourmet Dinner for Eight & a Staples 2019 Agenda
  • Anne Schmidt – donated by Sobeys – $50 gift basket & a Staples 2019 Agenda
  • Jules Selymes – donated by PAL Member (Linda Rzeszutek) – A $25 iTunes card, a mini lighted screw-driver, and a small bag of assorted Lindt/Lindor Chocolate Balls & a Staples 2019 Agenda

50/50 Winner:


  • Sandra McVean – $184


  • Lena Boisjoli
  • Pam Cameron
  • Janice Handford
  • Jerry Jerrett
  • Jerry Johnstone
  • Alanna Jones
  • Bernadette McCann
  • Wendy Memryk
  • Bob Roehle
  • Judy Roehle
  • Linda Rzeszutek
  • Valerie Slater
  • Margaret Wilcock
  • Tenille Wilson
  • Diane Zielonko
  • Tony Zienkiewicz
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