The end of September is a great time of year – holiday season is just coming up, the summer is fading, and the gorgeous fall colours are starting to show through. In Ottawa, it’s also the start of galas, parties, and all sorts of charity events! I had the honour of attending this year’s Brookstreet Lumiere Gala in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Because of the Cancer Foundation, everyone was asked to wear a splash of red in support of cancer research. The whole crowd was almost exclusively wearing black, white, and red, and it made the evening just that much more special! The food was delicious, with dishes that all had cancer-fighting agents, such as beta carotene, omega 3’s, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories! A few Ottawa firefighters were raising money by selling prize-filled balloons, which the party-goers then popped to reveal their prize. Not to mention the terrific entertainment, Rebecca Noelle (Abbott) of local Ottawa band’s The PepTides fame! The Brookstreet counted their highest attendance ever for the 12th annual gala, at over 700 people. All in all, it was a fantastic night with generous people, great food, and talented entertainment! See a sample of the shots I took at the event below.