COLLINGWOOD, ON – August 11, 2017 – The location and entertainment had been closely held secrets for months but for the guests adventurous enough to buy a ticket to this unique fundraising event, An Evening on Cloud 9 did not disappoint!

Sponsored by Brown-Forman (parent company of Canadian Mist), Cloud 9 was an event like no other. Guests were given directions only days before the event to the Genesis Flight School hangar at Collingwood Airport and arrived to a space transformed into an ephemeral evening in the clouds complete with state of the art private helicopter and jet.

The purpose of the evening was to raise money to purchase a $150,000 fracture table for use by the CGMH orthopaedic surgical team. Dr. Darryl Collings brought guests directly into the operating room via video to better understand the importance of this vital piece of equipment ( ). Guests responded by pledging $154,000 which was matched with $100,000 by a long time CGMHF volunteer and donor. Thanks to the generous support of the 174 guests, a brand new fracture table will be ordered for CGMH in the next few weeks.

The highlight of the evening was the arrival by private plane of former Canadian Astronaut, Colonel Chris Hadfield. Hadfield regaled guests with photos and stories from his time in space emphasizing the importance of encouraging our youth to dream about their futures. He ended his presentation with a beautiful rendition of David Bowie’s Odyssey, the same song he sang from the International Space Station. Afterward, Hadfield autographed books and took personal photos with guests.

“Canadian Mist Distillers has been in Collingwood for 50 years this year, 46 of those years under the ownership of Brown-Forman. During that time I am sure our employees and their families have used the Collingwood G&M Hospital many times,” says Pat Sullivan of Brown-Forman. “We were honoured to be the title sponsor of this event supporting a facility so vital to the community, and pleased to bring Collingwood Whisky, a home town product we are very proud of, to the evening.”

All proceeds will be used to purchase surgical equipment as part of the Foundation’s $1.5 million Surgical Program Campaign.
“It was a magical evening,” says CGMHF Board Chair, Jennifer Young. “We are so grateful to all who attended, sponsored and volunteered their time and talent. Our patients will be the beneficiaries of your generousity.”

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