Around Town: Brookstreet’s Lumière gala passes $1 million mark

Terry Matthews knows how to throw a great party. The self-made tech icon and all-around fun-loving guy welcomed some 670 guests to his Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata on Wednesday night for the sold-out Lumière Rouge fundraising gala.

Matthews didn’t waste a lot of time at the podium but, with hotel general manager and executive vice president Patrice Basille standing nearby, he urged the crowd “to support the community, get on with it, and have a lot of fun. That’s what I do.”

The sweet sounds of live jazz music filled the red-accented ballroom as attendees sampled 10 different food stations offering very creative cuisine paired with wines. People casually mingled before taking in the grand finale of outdoor fireworks.

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