Written by George Derwin
On Saturday, December 2, 2017, the Red River Region Porsche Club held its annual Holiday Celebration dinner at the Manitoba Club, 194 Broadway.
One cannot imagine a better setting for an elegant evening, with stately wood paneling and beautiful stained glass windows. And to top off the winter spirit, the entire place decked out in a Dickensian holiday style. Our event was sponsored by Paz and Lisa Fernando.
A huge thanks to our long-term sponsor and donor, the Porsche Centre of Winnipeg. Our club enjoys a special relationship with the Porsche Centre, and they are very appreciative of the patronage of our members. Braeden Mueller, General Manager at Porsche Centre Winnipeg, brought his entire staff to the event.
Braeden Mueller, the General Manager at Porsche Centre Winnipeg, donated our major draw item, a two day Porsche driving experience at Camp4 in Mecaglisse, Québec. And if this was not enough, at the start of the dinner, Braeden announced that he was also throwing in business class airfare. Our members gasped in disbelief at this over-the-top show of generosity by our sponsor. We are indeed lucky to have such support.
We sold tickets for the Camp4 prize at a cost of $40 for one ticket or three tickets for $100. We had a lineup of people clamouring to buy tickets. The winner of the Camp4 draw prize was John Sobczak, who is the incoming Treasurer for RRR PCA for 2018.
Anderson Le (Porsche Centre Sales Manager) – John Sobczak – Braeden Mueller (Porsche Centre General Manager) – Davis Breed (RRR-RCA President)
Our ticket sales raised $3,400, to be donated to Willow Place Inc., Manitoba’s largest women & children’s emergency crisis shelter.
We also had great table prizes, which consisted of baskets of chocolates and Porsche books. The recipients of the baskets were randomly drawn from a deck of playing cards by our president, David Breed.
Following the dinner was a casino, where members tried their luck at various games of chance, enjoying various degrees of success, and having a great time being entertained by the enthusiasm and humour of the dealers.
We had a total of 76 people attend our Christmas dinner, which included a combination of members, Porsche Centre staff and partners. We had an exceptional time at our Christmas dinner and this was a nice celebration of the wonderful people we have with us. We thank the staff of Porsche Centre of Winnipeg for coming out to celebrate the season with us, and their generous contributions to our club for not only this event, but also throughout the year.