Starting the Season Off Right with the 2017 CLAEO Banquet

We always like to start the spring/summer season with an exciting bang. This means our annual CLAEO Banquet! In addition to starting the year and getting down to our usual business, CLAEO also took the opportunity to fundraise for the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, a cause that is important for many members.

CLAEO Banquet Sign and Members

Herman Baguss and Ian Rowbotham of CLAEO (outside left and right) pose with Richard Getz and Jamie Inrig representing the Royal Ottawa (left and right interior.)

Unlike previous years, we opted for a more “social” ambiance with “cruiser” tables that made it easy to mingle and chat. 


We also decided to switch things up with a buffet-style dinner, which allowed guests to mix and match and pick’n’choose their own meals.

Buffet at the banquet.

“I’d like some of that”

After dinner, we got down to business by presenting this year’s Algonquin College and Carleton University scholarship winners with their prizes.

Scholarship winners

Steve Neumann of Algonquin College (R) and Andy McNeely from CLAEO pose with our 2017 winners, Cynthia Jesse and Rachel Murphy

Harry Worsley gives a talk.

Harry Worsley of Uxbridge Nurseries.

After and informative talk on caliper tree shortages by Harry Worsley of Uxbridge Nurseries, we moved on to the fundraising portion of the evening.

Matthew Davis demonstrated his auctioneer skills by auctioning off box seats at the Canadian Tire Centre, graciously donated by Andy McNeely of Thunderbolt Contracting all in support of the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health.

Auction

Auctioneer for the evening, Matthew Davis.

We’re known for our door prizes and amazing auction items. This year did not disappoint. Prizes were enjoyed by many and we were able to raise a significant amount of money for the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health.

Al Becking of AECOM was the lucky winner of the 50/50 draw

Al Becking of AECOM was the lucky winner of the 50/50 draw.

Door Prizes

Sheldon Chartrand of Meyknecht-Lischer Contractors was the lucky winner of the main door prize — a Stihl chainsaw!

 

CLAEO would also like to take the opportunity to thank the following event sponsors including:

 

MAIN SPONSOR: Greely Sand and Gravel

GOLD LEVEL: B & T McFarlane Ottawa, Peterson’s Turf Farm

SILVER LEVEL: Geosynthetic Systems, Permacon

BRONZE LEVEL: Bradley’s Commercial Insurance, Cohen & Cohen Natural Stone, Nutrilawn, Uxbridge Nurseries.