Saturday, December 7, 2019

Rum Runners Gala scheduled for CK

Six years ago United Way of Chatham-Kent threw a gala for the ages; due to popular demand it’s back even bigger! With a nod to Chatham-Kent’s Rum Running history, United Way of Chatham-Kent will send guests back in time with a speakeasy themed fundraiser Gala as they team up with Gentry Manor and the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport again.

The Rum Runners Gala, will take place Saturday, September 14, 2019 in support of United Way’s 2019 campaign. Embracing fashions and attitude of the ’20s and ‘30s is highly encouraged as there will be many unique photo opportunities throughout the evening. The night will include a themed dinner, whisky tasting by Wolfhead Distillery, an exclusive diamond draw, a fashion show (showcasing Gentry Manor and Ford & Mcintyre), silent auction and all the way from Halifax – a live performance by ragtime trio The Vaudevillians.

Major sponsor, YourTV, stated how they were thrilled to support this event. “From the very start we could see this gala was something unique,” said Erik Shaw, YourTV manager, “They are paying attention to all the details to make sure that guests are going to have an amazing time. Even the cheque pass was on theme with myself and Jaclyn (from United Way) dressing the part.” The Rum Runners Gala’s sponsors include North Kent Mutual Insurance, Ridge Landfill Community Trust, YourTV, Automotion, Keith Graham Rondeau Capital Inc. and Blackburn Radio. With money raised to help United Way’s 27 funded program which impact over 44,500 local lives.

Tickets will be limited, and start at $150 for a single ticket with group discounts for purchasing pairs and for tables of four or eight. Purchase tickets in person at Gentry Manor (Chatham), Ford & Macintyre (Blenheim), United Way of Chatham-Kent (Chatham) or online on United Way’s Facebook page under events.

For more information or to come in as a sponsor, call 519-354-0430 or e-mail

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