Our largest fundraiser this year was the Harvest Gala Dinner and Dance on Oct 6th, 2012

The four-course delicious dinner menu was designed by Norma Raine and Chef James Kelly.

What a great evening! Everyone met up with old friends, feasted on a delicious meal,  and danced the evening away to a live band under the softly lit and decorated fall harvest room.

The  Harvest Gala idea was put before the Saint Andrews Restoration Committee by Norma Raine and Noreen Langdon.  Norma, with her husband George relocated from Moncton to Methodist Point, and Noreen with her partner relocated from Ottawa and now lives in her father’s residence in Rexton. We welcome these new people to our community, as they bring with them fresh ideas and their enthusiasm.

Thank you Norma and Noreen for all of your hard work.

The planning started three month prior to the event and would not have been possible without all of the volunteers who sold tickets, setup tables and chairs, decorated the Curling Rink, prepared the food, served the food, washed dishes, and cleaned up after the event.

The four-course delicious dinner menu was designed by Norma Raine and Chef James Kelly, and consisted of soup, salad, stuffed pork with vegetables, and dessert. A variety of wines were available and some from our local winery, Richibucto River Winery.

After dinner the dancing started to the much-loved music of the Pete Porter Orchette Band. This six-piece band, including a talented singer (at times getting into the character), played great tunes from the 60’s and 70’s. The dance floor was full, as everyone enjoyed dancing to these old favourites.

All of 300 tickets for the event were sold, total revenue of $12,000. 00.  After expenses we netted $7,500.00,  to go towards the church restoration.

The Restoration Committee wants to give a sincere thanks to everyone who volunteered his or her time and talents to this event:

  • Aline’s Flower Shop – Aline and husband Paul, for turning the Curling Club into a magical Harvest night with flowers, lights, and pumpkins.
  • Chef James Kelly for preparing and coordinating the volunteers to prep the food and also his mother, Jessie Kelly, for pitching in to help and picking up supplies.
  • Pete Porter and his band members for the awesome dance music.
  • The Pumpkin Lady (Martha Bowman) for donations to decorate.
  • Mr. Tomato for lending potted planters.
  • Rexton Curling Club manager Don Teakles.
  • Girvan Media (Scott Girvan)
  • All of the committee members, non-members, and their families.
  • To the young people who served the tables. We were pleased to have these great young people involved. They did a fantastic job.
  • Bonar Law Student Leadership Program, and coordinator Julie Hudson
  • Royal Canadian legion Cadets, Richibucto Branch 30, and Cadet leader Captain Eric Comeau


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