Chopin & Champagne
Chopin and Champagne, the Gala Charity Event for Romero House held September 19, 2016 was a resounding success. Two hundred tickets were sold by the University Women’s Club Toronto, and the U of T Faculty Club donated the use of their three ground floor rooms at 41 Willcocks Street.By 5:00p.m. crowds had arrived, and AleksanderGerun, an immigrant from Sarajevo and a graduate of the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade skillfully played Chopin as the crowd enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvresand began bidding on generous donations ranging from a 20 karat gold brooch to an enchanting stained glass window to Blue Jays tickets.
Special thanks go to the event organizers Susan Freeman, Rosemary Hales, and Jane Hamer and to the spirited support of UWC members. 2016 marks the 25th year Romero House has been “welcoming the stranger” to Canada. More than 1,000 refugees fleeing torture, war, and political persecution around the globe have found the home a safeplace to land and live.
The house is named after Archbishop Oscar Romero, a courageous spokesman for the impoverished people of ElSalvador who was felled by an assassin’s bullet while saying mass. Located in the West Bend neighbourhood of Toronto, it is a collection of four houses and a community centre all within ten minutes walk of one another.
For more information, or to volunteer or make adonation,contact Romero House:
www.romerohouse.org or 416-763-1303.