Brooks: Rouge Garden Party raises money for men and girls

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It just doesn’t get any better than the trifecta of fantastic food, friendship and fundraising. The Rouge Garden Party, held on June 9, featured all three and more. The event was attended by a capacity crowd of 200 guests and raised $80,000 (net) to be split equally between Simon House Recovery Center and Safe Haven Foundation.

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Simon House, founded in 1982, guides and enables men to recover from addiction for a long time. The invaluable organization operates four buildings and 66 beds that provide three distinct phases of addiction treatment and recovery. More than 5,500 men have benefited from Simon House’s core values ​​of compassion, acceptance, respect, integrity, responsibility and innovation.

Safe Haven Foundation was founded in 1996 by the dynamic Karen and John Sherbut. Their mission was to develop a program to keep homeless and at-risk teenage girls between the ages of 14 and 24 safe, off the streets and at school. Its founding program, Haven’s Way, copies that of a loving and supportive family environment that provides homeless and at-risk girls with the support they need so they can realize their full potential. The fact that 100 percent of the girls living in Haven’s Way have continued their education is a testament to the program’s success.

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Highlights of the evening were many, including silent and live auction items—the last top dollar earned thanks to auctioneer extraordinaire Bill Brown and his team, Beesley’s skilled emcee, powerful speeches from the organization’s board members and alumni, and fantastic food.

Among the 200 in attendance were: Rouge co-owners Olivier Reynaud and Paul Rogalski; Safe Haven co-founders John and Karen Sherbut with their sons Michael and Andrew and their partners Lauralee Greenlaw and Kadie Hummel; Mackenzie and Jeff Schultz; Carolyn Holloway of the Safe Haven Foundation; Reeves College lab student Machaila Jensen; Haven’s Way alumnus Taina Velsink; Safe Haven Support Coach Heidi Griffin; Simon House President and CEO John Rook; Priya Reynaud, Chief Executive Officer of Simon House; On A Dime Transformations founder Kelly Lydiard with program delivery director Alan Frank; Recovery coaches from Alberta Steve Gaspar and Kimberly Barlow; Simon House board members Nav Shergill, Susan Boon and Patrick Merz; Recovery Acres Executive Director Stian Rorstad; Simon House Chairman Shawn Lavoie and Vice Chairman Mike Cullen; Remember when Jim Coleman from Ranch; Ryan Remington of Remington Development Corporation and his wife Caley; SBSW owner and Safe Haven board member Cam MacCorquodale (and here I must congratulate Cam on being inducted into Haven’s Angels Hall of Fame this evening); Justin Bobier of Crystal Creek Homes and his wife Lucia Ocampo with WestJet; and others depicted.

At the Rouge Garden Party on June 9, from left: Shawn Lavoie, chairman of the Simon House Recovery Center board;  Mike Cullen, Vice Chairman of the Board;  Remember when Jim Coleman from Ranch;  and Simon House, head of administration Priya Reynaud.  Photos, Bill Brooks
At the Rouge Garden Party on June 9, from left: Shawn Lavoie, chairman of the Simon House Recovery Center board; Mike Cullen, Vice Chairman of the Board; Remember when Jim Coleman from Ranch; and Simon House, head of administration Priya Reynaud. Photos, Bill Brooks jpg
From left to right: Simon House Recovery Center board members Nav Shergill, Susan Boon, and board treasurer Patrick Merz.
From left to right: Simon House Recovery Center board members Nav Shergill, Susan Boon, and board treasurer Patrick Merz. jpg
From left: On A Dime Transformations Director of Program Delivery Alan Frank with Recovery Coaches Alberta's Steve Gaspar and John Rook, President and CEO, Simon House Recovery Center.
From left: On A Dime Transformations Director of Program Delivery Alan Frank with Recovery Coaches Alberta’s Steve Gaspar and John Rook, President and CEO, Simon House Recovery Center. jpg
Hosts with the most, Rouge co-owners Olivier Reynaud and Paul Rogalski.
Hosts with the most, Rouge co-owners Olivier Reynaud and Paul Rogalski. jpg
From left: Priya Reynaud of Simon House Recovery Center;  Stian Rorstad, Executive Director of Recovery Acres;  Alberta recovery coaches Kimberly Barlow;  and Kelly Lydiard, founder and CEO of On A Dime Transformations.
From left: Priya Reynaud of Simon House Recovery Center; Stian Rorstad, Executive Director of Recovery Acres; Alberta recovery coaches Kimberly Barlow; and Kelly Lydiard, founder and CEO of On A Dime Transformations. jpg
From left to right: Machaila Jensen, lab student in the Addictions and Community Services program at Reeves College;  Taina Velsink, Haven's Way alumna and keynote speaker this evening;  and Heidi Griffin, support coach at Safe Haven.
From left to right: Machaila Jensen, lab student in the Addictions and Community Services program at Reeves College; Taina Velsink, Haven’s Way alumna and keynote speaker this evening; and Heidi Griffin, support coach at Safe Haven. jpg
From left: Caley Remington and her husband Ryan Remington of Remington Development Corporation with community supporter Lesley Alexander.
From left: Caley Remington and her husband Ryan Remington of Remington Development Corporation with community supporter Lesley Alexander. jpg
Lucia Ocampo of WestJet and Justin Bobier of her husband Crystal Creek Homes.
Lucia Ocampo of WestJet and Justin Bobier of her husband Crystal Creek Homes. jpg

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