A record for the BMP Brunch!

It is with great pleasure that the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital Foundation is sharing with you the results of the 31st edition of the BMP Brunch, which took place yesterday, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, draw partners, 340 participants and donors, the 2019 BMP Brunch raised a final amount of $24,000! A record since its creation! All funds will be invested in the acquisition of new equipment and improvement projects at Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital.

From left to right: Isabelle Charest, Lola Landes, Executive Director of the BMP Foundation, Nancy Brilvicas, BMP Brunch Partner, John Staton, Vice-President of the Knowlton Lions Club and Mario Lagimonière, BMP Foundation Board Chairman.

An emotional George Bristol Award

The BMP 2019 Brunch was also the occasion to present the George Bristol Award. Created in 2016, this award is intended to promote, develop and recognize the exceptional and sustained commitment of men and women who are committed to the well-being of the BMP Foundation and the BMP Hospital community. This year, the BMP Foundation honoured an important member of our community, Dr. William J. Barakett. A Co-Founding Member of the BMP Foundation, he was its Vice-President and President from 1989 to 2001. He has raised millions of dollars to improve health care services through fundraising and philanthropy. His 46-years practice in family medicine has been exemplary, not only for his complete devotion to his patients but also for his involvement in all levels of Medecine in the province of Quebec. Deeply concerned about the well-being of people with intellectual disabilities, he is President of the Butters Foundation, which raises funds to provide them with services and housing in the region. He is also respected for his expertise in the treatment of addictions. Dr. Barakett is a model of dedication and attention to young general practitioners.

For health reasons, Dr. Barakett was unable to attend last Sunday’s Brunch but his daughter, Élise Barakett, came to receive the award on his behalf. At the presentation of the George Bristol Prize, all participants stood up to show their gratitude with a long round of applause. It was an emotional moment for everyone. Élise Barakett stressed how important the BMP Hospital and its patients are for her father.

From left to right: Élise Barakett and Lola Landes, Director of the BMP Foundation, with the George Bristol Award.

Many thanks

The BMP Foundation would like to thank all those involved in the success of the 2019 BMP Brunch, especially the Knowlton Lions Club and the Auberge West Brome. Thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time to ensure impeccable service and a pleasant experience for all participants. We would like to thank for their presence and involvement Mrs. Isabelle Charest, Member of Parliament for Brome-Missisquoi, Minister Responsible for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, the Honourable Denis Paradis, Member of Parliament for Brome-Missisquoi, Mr. Michel Lafrance, Mayor of Sutton, as well as Mr. Pierre Guidon and Mr. John Staton, President and Vice-president of the Knowlton Lions Club. Thank you to our sponsors: The National Assembly of Quebec, the Knowlton Lions Club, Mr. Gérald Scott of Chasco Inc., Boulangerie Abercorn as well as La Mie Bretonne Bakery.

Finally, we would like to thank all the merchants for their donations for the draw: À la Carte, Antiquité Lebel Objet, Ariane Marois Joallière, Atelier Bouffe, Au Cœur des Saisons, la Boutique des Auxiliaires de l’Hôpital BMP, la Boutique Nath’elle, la Boutique Rococo, Brome Bird Care Inc., Brome Lake Books, le Café Floral, Camlen, les Canards du Lac Brome, la Cantine Sutton 139, Chez Moi Chez Toi, O. Coderre et Fils, Danielle Charbonneau, Dr. Robert Pincott, Esthétique Ombrelle, Familiprix, Francine Doyle, Garage DCS, Joie de la Lavande, le Cafetier, la Galette Crêperie Bretonne, la Pikenya, la Vie Sucrée, le Bouquet de Knowlton, le Jasmin Boutique, la Panier Champêtre, le Relais, Léon Courville Vigneron, Metro Plouffe, le Pub Mocador, le Salon Paradise, Racine Fleur, Restaurant des Érables, Rêves et Jardins, Rona, Scotyz Terrasse & Bistro, Virgin Hill Coffee, Vitalité Sureau, Windmill Plastics et Windrush Boutique.

All the pictures of the event are available in the gallery.