Fine wine and fancy cars pry open the pocketbooks: Sainte-Justine Hospital raises $36,500

Cars – Fine wine and fancy cars pry open the pocketbooks Sainte Justine Hospital raises $36,500

By Jim Leggett, Special to The Gazette

June 13, 2011

From left to right: Richard Blain, Associate Principal of Secor, Julie Lambert, Advisor fundraising activities for Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation, Xavier Paillat, Director of the development for Golf & Vins, Frank Bernard, Investment Advisor at BMO Nesbitt Burns, Dr. Annie Lapointe, ENT surgeon at Sainte-Justine Hospital, Guy-Renaud Kirouac, Director of Corporate Partnerships for Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation, Louis-Alexandre Laferrière, Owner of Laferriere & Brixi Diamantaires Inc.

Photograph by: Special to The Gazette, The Gazette

The visceral snarl of 670 horsepower from the 6.5-litre V12 of a Murcielago LP 670-4 SV met the mellow tones of fine cognac and jazz on the night of June 2, when the John Scotti Lamborghini dealership was the scene of a special charity event, “Un-wined for a cause”, organized to benefit the Sainte Justine Hospital Foundation. The showroom floor not only held the finest examples of the latest Lamborghini automobiles but also fine art, fine wines and an exclusive display of Louis XIII Cognac. Patrick Mariuz, International Ambassador for Rémy Martin, led guests through the experience of a “Louis XIII Grande Champagne Cognac moment.” This amber liquid requires the care of four generations of cellar-masters who carefully blend 1,200 “eau de vie” – wines of 40 to 100 years vintage that must then wait 100 years to create the final product.

There were nine wine tasting stations throughout the showroom for a sampling of the fine wines of Kenwood Vineyards.

Guests were invited to purchase exhilarating rides in either the Murcielago LP 670-4 SV or LP 640 Roadster, the latter piloted by John Scotti himself. “I’m happy to help such a good cause,” said a very modest Scotti. “We’ve been involved in events like this for years but we’ve kept a low profile. It’s time to let people know about this.”

The thrill of a ride in one of these high-performance exotic cars kept a steady lineup of giddy passengers despite the cold wind along the highway. The expressions of sheer joy on the faces of those returning to the party was priceless and some of the comments unpublishable in a family newspaper!

Silent auctions were held for a wide variety of quality products and services such as a RAZR golf driver issued from the Callaway and Lamborghini alliance.

In only its second edition, this event attracted 250 guests and raised $36,500 toward a pediatric vocal cord scanner that ultimately costs $100,000 with all the accessories. Dr. Annie Lapointe, an ears, nose and throat surgeon at Sainte Justine, explained the importance of such equipment: “We need machines like this to help improve our diagnosis on children. It allows us to decide whether to treat cysts or perform surgery.”

With the $10,000 raised last year and this year’s successful results, the goal is closer than ever but there is still a long ways to go.

It shouldn’t take too long with the speed of a Lamborghini!

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