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Feb 6, 2014

An evening in Roger's Cellar a top floor success

Ottawa - The Ottawa Senators Foundation (@sensfoundation), announced that the Evening in Roger’s Cellar, a wine-tasting fundraiser held earlier this evening at Roger’s House, raised $17,060. Funds raised will purchase furniture and supplies for the newly renovated basement at the pediactric palliative care facility. 

More than 60 guests, along with members of the Ottawa Senators and team executives, attended the event. Guests were treated to a broad selection of wines and appetizers. Noted wine connoisseurs (or celebrity wine sommeliers) including Ottawa Senators president Cyril Leeder and team physician Dr. Don Chow hosted sampling stations. In addition to delicious wines, guests were able to see the basement completely furnished and make contributions towards the purchase of each item.

“It was so humbling to see the overwhelming support for such a great cause” said Caitlin Neil, honourary co-chair (along with Senators forward Chris Neil) of Roger’s House. “We thank the members of the Ottawa Senators who attended and all our guests for helping us put the finishing touches on what will become an integral part of the house moving forward.”

“On behalf of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and Roger’s House, I would like to thank Chris and Caitlin for their continued support and generosity.” said Ottawa Senators Foundation president and CEO Danielle Robinson. “The enthusiasm shown this evening is a true testament to the spirit of Roger’s House and all the staff and families who call it their home-away-from-home.”

Now in its eighth year of operation, Roger's House has had more than 2,480 admissions, and staff have provided more than 15,000 days of care. The welcoming home-away-from-home atmosphere comforts children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Children admitted to the state-of-the-art, eight-bedroom facility receive the very best in compassionate care and support from dedicated professionals and volunteers. .

The Ottawa Senators Foundation provides Roger’s House with approximately 25 percent of its operating budget. As a result of excellent patient care and family support, acuity rates (level of care required for patients) continue to grow each year.