Waterloo Heights goes ‘under the sea’ for boat-cruise party

Event raises more than $100 for local hospice
9/15/2021  - Deron Hamel

Waterloo Heights recently took on an underwater theme when the Waterloo, Ont. seniors living community hosted a boat-cruise party that doubled as a fundraiser for a local hospice.

Team members decorated Waterloo Heights with all the bells and whistles to give it an underwater vibe: fish nets, starfish, dock lights, blue fairy lights, seahorses and jellyfish lanterns were among the props the team set up.

“The dining-room windows were dressed to look like the dining room was under water, looking into a sea full of colourful fish,” Waterloo Heights activity director Jacqui Reid tells S&R Today, adding the event “was a huge success.”

The residents entered the dining room through a “dock” and were able to sit “on deck” ahead of time for a drink and early entertainment, Jacqui says.

During the event, a 50-50 draw was held to raise money for the Lisaard and Innisfree Hospice. More than $100 was raised for the organization.

For an added touch, resident services manager Liliana Paoletti and Peter, the Waterloo Heights van driver, volunteered to wear shark costumes during the 50-50 draw, Jacqui notes.

The event featured lots of great food, with a surf-and-turf dinner followed by crème brûlée for dessert.

Given how much fun everyone had at the event, Jacqui says she’s now inspired to head out to sea.

“Now I want to go on a boat cruise,” she says.

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