Worry was quickly replaced with relief, pride and emotion. While organizers had resigned themselves to believing that the pandemic would sabotage the 10th anniversary of the Residence's annual poinsettia campaign, instead it generated the extraordinary sum of $100,232.
Campaign organizers and Residence volunteers Gilles Hébert and Marie Caron ordered only 1,500 poinsettia plants from the grower last April due to the uncertainty associated with the unstable situation at the time. After the plants quickly sold out in mid-November, they managed to get 194 more, which also sold like hotcakes. Last year, the Residence sold all of its 2,950 poinsettias.
With the number of plants initially ordered cut in half this year, organizers were expecting a poor outcome, ultimately depriving the Residence of a substantial source of funding. That’s when they called upon the community for support.
Apprehension gave way to surprise, then to relief and finally to immense gratitude towards all of the people and businesses who made a donation in response to the appeal launched by email and on the Residence’s social media pages.
“We were afraid that we might not be able to sell, assemble and deliver all of our poinsettias, but the population and businesses of Vaudreuil-Soulanges responded to our need for help with boundless generosity,” mentioned Gilles Hébert.
Last year’s poinsettia campaign raised $79,000 for the Residence.
Red flowers… of gratitude
The unexpected amount raised this year brings the total amount generated by the poinsettia campaigns to a record $622,000. Needless to say, this particular campaign has become very popular in the region.
Of course, it goes without saying that we must pay tribute to those responsible for creating the event, but also to those who have been so dedicated to it for the last 10 years. Gilles Hébert and Marie Caron, along with their team of dedicated volunteers, have devoted countless hours to this campaign.
On Friday, December 18, the Residence’s team presented them with an honorary plaque as a token of its immeasurable gratitude.
Representatives of the campaign's loyal and invaluable partners—Richard Dubois, from Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Mr. Guy Pilon, Mayor of the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion as well as Florence Daneau and Patrick Van den Abeele, from Centre jardin Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac—attended the tribute ceremony virtually.