R.W. Bro. Trevor L. Hemmerling, District Deputy Grand Master of Ottawa District 1, has designated Prostate Hope, the Grand Master's project of choice, as his District Charity.

Prostate cancer has affected or will affect, directly or indirectly, every Mason in Ontario. The Directors of The Masonic Foundation of Ontario have committed significant multiyear funding for prostate cancer research in Ontario.

An initiative for funding prostate cancer research was begun to celebrate the Foundation's Fiftieth Anniversary in 2014. The pressing need for significant advances in research into the disease was evident. The then Grand Master, M.W. Bro. Donald A. Campbell, and the current Grand Master, M.W. Bro. John C. Green, pledged their full support behind this initiative. For the next two years the Grand Master, during his term of office, has requested that all charitable donations go towards this unique fundraising partnership, Prostate Hope. The intent is to provide meaningful funding for selected prostate cancer research projects for ten years.

The objective is to raise One Million Dollars. The ultimate goal beyond that is to make this cause synonymous with the charitable efforts of the Masons of Ontario.

Please make all donations through the Masonic Foundation of Ontario, with the appropriate project number.

Ottawa District 1 2016-17 Project Number: 2721.

Valentine's Charity Ball

For over a dozen years, the Masons of the two Ottawa Districts have gathered on or around Valentine's Day for an evening of merriment, and in support of one of our greatest principles - charity.

On February 13, 2016, the 12th Annual Valentine's Charity Ball (VCB 12) brought together over 300 Masons, spouses, friends and members of the public at the Centurion Conference and Event Centre in support of three important causes: Prostate Hope (District Charity for Ottawa District 1), the Barbara Vanderhyden Ovarian Cancer Research Lab at the University of Ottawa (District Charity for Ottawa District 2), and Roger's House (longtime charity of choice for VCB).

The evening was filled with great company, great food, great music (provided by local legends the Mick Armitage Band), and of course, great generosity. With a very extensive and diverse silent auction, VCB raised a total of $12,000, which was split equally between the three charities. When donated through the Masonic Foundation of Ontario, resulted in a total donations $13,600.

VCB 13 is already set for February 11, 2017. We hope to see you there.

Pictured to the right is the VCB Committee presenting a cheque to Roger Neilson House on July 27, 2016 (L to R: W.Bro. Jeff Christie, VCB Committee; R.W. Bro. Sam Kalinowsky, VCB Committee; Helen Yoxon, Manager of Palliative Care and Roger Neilson House; Lise Beauchemin, Co-ordinator of Volunteer Services, Residence and Community Outreach, Roger Neilson House; W. Bro. Adam Thompson, Chair, VCB Committee 2014-16; Bro. Abraham Garcia, VCB Committee; Jonathan Bodden, VP, Corporate Partnerships and Community Fundraising, Ottawa Senators Foundation).