Joie de Vivre

Hay Doun’s “Joie de Vivre” : A Gala of Solidarity

On April 5, 2008, in celebration of its first anniversary, Hay Doun organized a fundraising event –“Joie de Vivre” at Marché Bonsecours. The evening’s guest of honour was Mr. Gérald Tremblay, the mayor of Montreal. Bishop Bagrat Galstanian , who initiated this great mission was amongst the guests, as well as all clergy from our parish. Bishop Galstanian, recognized all members who had a hand in building this organization, as well as making this event into a successful endeavour. It was a unique opportunity to witness Armenians and non- Armenians alike sharing one vision! During this urban evening, we were able to admire the entertainment provided by members from the “Cirque du Soleil”, as well as appreciate all the wonderful items which were displayed for the silent and live auctions. The beautiful jewellery, paintings, artefacts, gift certificates and various pieces were all donated by generous members of our community. Moreover, the guests had an opportunity to admire and sample the exquisite cakes, in the shape of elaborate treasure chests, which were displayed on the tables, all graciously donated by Ms. Rita Djerrahian (from La Gâterie ). It will take too long to list all the individuals who contributed their time, efforts and vision in making this a successful event. Therefore, the $60,000 raised during this auspicious evening is due in most part to their commitment. We would like to take this opportunity to bow our heads in thanks to ALL who did not spare neither time, effort, nor money in supporting this great cause. “Joie de Vivre” was a unique opportunity to underline the importance of Hay Doun’s mission for our community. The good humour, the new friendships and mostly the great solidarity felt during that evening will greatly assist Hay Doun members to work with renewed energy in serving the vulnerable members of our community and to continue fulfilling our “Mission with out borders”! For further information on our mission, services, projects, please do not hesitate to contact us at (514) 276-9479 ext. 4