Funds Raised to Date: $85,000
Ottawa’s Great Pumpkin Charity Ball (GPB) is dedicated to the memory of Julie Lachance who lost her battle with cancer on October 10, 2006.
The Great Pumpkin Charity Ball was started in 2005 by Lise Lachance to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society while her sister Julie was sick. Matt Stepchuk joined Lise to work on the 2006 event that was subsequently cancelled due to Julie’s passing. After a string of larger and more successful events, Matt Stepchuk took over exclusive organization of the event in 2010. At the beginning of 2014, Matt decided to pursue other passions and passed the torch to event planners STARFISH creative events + inspiration, and Stellar Events.
Charities We Support
As Matt Stepchuk has been an active volunteer and advocate for the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing since 2004, proceeds from the charity ball are split between the Canadian Cancer Society and CADS-NCD. To date the Great Pumpkin Charity Ball has raised over $85, 000 for these charities. A food bank drive was also initiated in 2013, and to date over 2000 lbs of goods was donated to the Ottawa Food Bank. In 2016 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was added to the list of charities we support.
St. Brigid’s Haunted Castle
The Great Pumpkin Ball moved permanently to St. Brigid’s Haunted Castle (Centre for the Arts) in Ottawa’s Byward Market in 2009 where it has become Ottawa’s premier Friday night Halloween party with 750 colourful guests who enjoy an incredible venue with a big rock show on the main level and the Disco Dungeon, photo souvenir booth, psychic services, and “Crypt” lounge on the lower level. The beautifully restored stone work, historical artifacts, and decorations makes this an unbelievably perfect venue for this gigantic Halloween party. It’s like Dracula’s castle only brand new.
Student Volunteer Staff
The GPB has been staffed by Carleton University and University of Ottawa TKE fraternity and various sorority partners since 2008. These young men and women set-up, staff and tear down the event and help collect prizes to satisfy mandatory volunteer hour requirements.
Algonquin Great Pumpkin Culinary Bursary
Algonquin College joined the GPB in 2012 with its first volunteer security team from the Police Foundations Program and incredible finger foods prepared by students from the Hospitality program. The $500 Algonquin Great Pumpkin Culinary Bursary was established in 2013 in recognition of Algonquin’s strategic alliance with the charity ball organization. The TKE Prize Collection Award was also established in 2013 as an incentive program for prize collection from the business community by the students.
St Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Humanities
Before becoming St Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Humanities in 2009, St Brigid’s was a Roman Catholic church located in the Lowertown neighbourhood of Ottawa, Canada which was built to serve the English-speaking, Catholic population of the area. Until the opening of St Brigid’s, this community, largely of Irish heritage, had formed part of the parish of Notre-Dame, the Cathedral of Ottawa. By 1870, the Irish percentage of the population had declined relative to that of the French Canadian. As a consequence, the Irish played an ever-diminishing role in the life and management of Notre-Dame. Discussions to establish a distinct Anglophone parish and church for Lower Town began in March 1888. A committee of parishioners from Notre-Dame Cathedral held meetings with the Archbishop of Ottawa, the Most Rev. Joseph-Thomas Duhamel. It was agreed to create a new parish; a site for the church chosen; and by May 3, 1888, James R. Bowes had been chosen as architect. The plans called for a substantial structure at the corner of St Patrick and Cumberland Streets.
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