Kathryn Glover wins the main diamond prize and a tile art plaque during the annual ladies night, The Diamond Dinner hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #56 Princeton.
The 12th annual Diamond Dinner was emceed for the first time by Cliff Glover who gave great praise to John Haayer, retired founder of the event.
For eleven years John had put his heart and soul into the Princeton Legion’s Ladies Diamond Dinner. He engineered the whole concept of the event in his mind and made it a reality. He perfected his Ladies Diamond Dinner and turned it into the one and only ladies semi-formal affair that the town of Princeton has.
John always stated that without all of his volunteers, he could never have accomplished this incredible project. Speaking for myself and the other volunteers, we always look forward to this night when we can honor our ladies of Princeton.
Many of our volunteers here have shared this wonderful journey with John over the past 11 years. He has passed along his knowledge and experience to us so we can carry on his heritage of the Ladies Diamond Dinner and hopefully fill his rather large shoes to make him proud.
Glover proposes a toast to John: This is our time to honour John Haayer – so let’s raise our glasses in respect and thanks for his concept, many hours of involvement and dedication over the years.
By the way, John say’s, “to have fun, drink, be merry, and take a cab home!” ~ Thank you John.
Five other ladies took home Peoples Jewellers diamond prizes; Jamie Laidlaw, Angela Marsel, and Janine LeMottee were diamond draw winners. Jessica McCarthy won the secondary diamond draw and Jamie Holloway is the winner of the diamond raffle. Dawne Graves took home the $1000 travel voucher and Sarah Antonick got the 50/50 win. Gift baskets and bottles of wine were also presented to some of the ladies present and all of the lucky ladies received a beautiful long-stemmed red rose dotted with baby’s breath.
Dinner began with caesar salad, broccoli soup, followed by an entrée of (choice of ham or roast beef) mashed potatoes and gravy with veggies, dinner roll. A light square for dessert, completed the meal.
The gentlemen assisting emcee Cliff Glover throughout the evening consisted of table hosts Peter Antonick, Grant Beattie, Dave Stringfellow, Rick Blues, Bob Huston, Ken Ross, Laurie Obey, Chris Obey, J.D. Atkinson, Les Kinsey, Randy Gibson, Frank Currier, Rudy Salo, John Gregson, Rob Miller, Ron McKay, Rob New and Dennis Gall. Bartenders: Wayne, Ian Elko, Fred Krenn and Jim Martindale. Greeting at the door and ticket sellers Jim Turner, Wayne Terepocki, Hans Devos and Shane O’Malley. Chef’s extraordinaire: Chuck Whitlock, Gerry Rodgers, Derek Winter, Bob Paterson and Ross Edwards.
After dinner and prizes, the party continued in the lounge with attendees dancing the night away to the musical entertainment of Diane Ball. Much appreciation to Cliff Glover and all the gentlemen volunteers for continuing to provide the ladies of Princeton with an experience of elegance—and a very special thank you to retired founder, John Haayer for creating this annual event for us to enjoy.