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Dine-A-Rama launch at Napoli’s Cafe John Curry
EMC news - It was champagne toasts all around at Napoli’s Café in Stittsville last Monday afternoon, Jan. 21 as organizers of the Jan. 23 Superfoods Dine-A-Rama at 100 restaurants across Ottawa celebrated the launch of what they hope will be a $100,000 or more fundraiser for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and its campaign to bring CyberKnife technology to cancer patients in the Ottawa area. This Dine-A-Rama campaign will see the 100 participating restaurants contribute a portion of the proceeds from their revenues on Wednesday, Jan. 23 to the campaign. Already, two days before the event was even happening, $40,000 had been raised towards the campaign’s $100,000 goal. It all began thanks to the use of CyberKnife technology which helped Luke Rochefort, owner of St. Louis Bar and Grill in Ottawa, overcome testicular cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease in 2010 and after undergoing treatment using the CyberKnife, he has a clean bill of health today. In order to support the equipment that helped save his life and ensure that even more people can be helped
by this revolutionary piece of technology that is improving cancer survival rates and recovery times, Luke, with the help of other restaurant owners like Bassel and Milad Khalil of Napoli’s Café in Stittsville, developed the campaign that would see local restauranteurs come together on one day, Jan. 23, and donate a portion of sales that day to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Speaking at the campaign launch at Napoli’s Café last Monday afternoon, Luke Rochefort said that there has never been a campaign like this one before, where 100 restaurants are getting together to donate a percentage of sales from a particular day to a cause. “This is pretty cool to do this all together,” he told those at the launch. He expressed the hope that the word about the DineA-Rama event had spread throughout the community and that the participating restaurants will be filled on Jan. 23. Ottawa sports personality Ken Evraire, who was at the launch, noted how everyone has had their lives touched in some way by cancer. He said that while more people today are being diagnosed with cancer, earlier detection means that more people are successfully beating the disease.
He praised Luke Rochefort for handling his battle with cancer with grace and courage and for now taking a leadership role in the community in raising funds to help fight the disease. At the launch, John Ouellette of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation presented Cancer Connection Awards to the key organizers of this
Dine-A-Ram campaign. These awards are presented by the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation to those who go above and beyond the norm in raising funds and helping to fight cancer. Mr. Ouellette noted that those who have stepped up to organize this Dine-A-Rama campaign are helping people that they will probably never
meet and yet they are still involved in the campaign. Cancer Connection Awards were presented to Luke Rochefort; Bassel and Milad Khalil of Napoli’s Café; Mike Bouris of Chances “R” Restaurant; Lindsay Firestone; and Dave Rochefort of Molson’s who is also Luke’s father. Lindsay Firestone and Dave Rochefort did a lot of the leg-
work, visiting restaurants and getting them on board for this Dine-A-Rama campaign. Bassel Khalil, speaking at the launch event, said that the campaign shows how much the restauranteurs in the Ottawa area care about Luke Rochefort. He said that the restaurant community in Ottawa has really come together for this cause.
Recipients of Cancer Connection Awards from the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation as six of the organizers of the Dine-A-Rama fundraising event involving 100 restaurants in the Ottawa area raising funds for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and its CyberKnife campaign who are at the Dine-A-Rama launch ceremony at Napoli’s Cafe in Stittsville last Monday afternoon are, from left, Dave Rochefort of Molson’s; Lindsay Firestone, who with Dave Rochefort did a lot of the legwork to get the restaurants on board for the Dine-A-Rama event; Milad Khalil of Napoli’s Cafe; Mike Bouris of Chances “R” Restaurant; Bassel Khalil of Napoli’s Cafe; and Luke Rochefort of the St. Louis Bar and Grill in Ottawa.
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14 Stittsville News EMC - Thursday, January 24, 2013