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Ottawa Humane Society Garden Party raises $96K for animal welfare

A parade of adopted pets stole the show, along with everyone’s hearts, at the 2018 Ottawa Humane Society Garden Party held at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne on Wednesday.

The cute canines and furry feline were introduced on stage by Majic 100 radio host Katherine Dines, who listed the animals’ interests and hobbies (sleeping, long walks, and swiping human food) as well as their dislikes (rainy days and porcupines).

The fan favourite was 12-year-old Sadie Mae, a brave Beagle found last November wandering on a trail near Carp with inexplicable pellet wounds to her head. OHS vets worked hard to save her life and, subsequently, treat her for cancer. She’s now living large with her new owners, the room heard.

The benefit, presented by Philip, Gaskin & Wright Private Investment Management of RBC Dominion Securities, grossed $95,995 for the OHS and offered up tasty dishes prepared by local restaurants and chefs who continue to honour the memory of Kurt Waldele.

The former long-time executive chef of the National Arts Centre used to host a late-summer garden party with his wife, Suzanne Beauchemin, in support of animal welfare. The iconic chef passed away from cancer nine years ago but not before being a friend and mentor to many young chefs who continue to cook in Ottawa today.

Clifford Lyness, executive chef at Brookstreet Hotel, was one of Waldele’s protégés. So was Tim Wasylko, head of food and beverage at the Infinity Convention Centre. In Ottawa’s tight-knit culinary community, even if you didn’t work with Waldele, the six degrees of separation concept still applies.

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