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Napoli's raises $16,000 for Roger's House | Jan 02, 2016 John Curry, Stittsville News

Stittsville News
By John Curry

It was an evening with six Ottawa Senators, a dancing Bassel Khalil and lots of fun, food and fundraising.

In the end, about $16,000 was raised at this annual Christmas fundraiser at Napoli's Café in Stittsville for Roger's House, the paediatric residential hospice for families with children who are living with a life limiting illness located on the grounds of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Once again this year, Napoli's Café was packed for the event on Thursday evening, Dec. 17. Indeed, virtually everyone returns year after year for this Christmas fundraiser. The event is always sold out and only about five or so places come up each year for new people to attend as everyone wants to return.

This year six members of the Ottawa Senators attended including Mark Stone, Cody Ceci, Chris Wideman, Curtis Lazar, Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond. These hockey players attended despite a busy December schedule that saw them play in Washington the night before and play at home at the Canadian Tire Centre on the following night, Friday.

A win for Roger's House
John Curry
Ottawa Senators players Mark Stone, Cody Ceci, Chris Wideman, Curtis Lazar, Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond were on hand to help Napoli's Café raise $16,000 for Roger's House during their annual event last month.
The players talked with those in attendance and helped hand out some of the prizes and gifts during the evening.

And one of the highlights of the evening was the auctioning off of a date with Ottawa Senator Chris Wideman.

The Ottawa Senators also made a dream come true for some youngsters as one of the auction items at the event was the opportunity for some youngsters to play road hockey with the Senators players.

Bassel Khalil was not only the auctioneer but also showed off his dancing talents again this year, showing his moves while on the railing in the middle of the restaurant. His moves paid off, as guest after guest tried stuffing money down his pants, all for the sake of charity, of course.

Among those in attendance at this Christmas fundraiser was Ottawa Senators president Cyril Leeder and his wife Lydia as well as many long time Napoli customers.

The evening began with an open bar cocktail hour along with lots of hors d'oeuvres which made the rounds. Everyone had an opportunity to mingle and catch up with old friends.

Everyone got into the spirit of Christmas as the Napoli's servers were wearing seasonal outfits with the restaurant also featuring holiday decorations. There was even a red carpet spread outside the restaurant entrance.

Many of these seasonal touches were thanks to Bassel's daughter Nicole who is an event planner and is now taking a role in the restaurant's special events and charity functions.

There was Christmas music playing in the background to add to the festive mood of the event. In addition, Neil Graves captured the flavour of the evening as he took numerous photographs of the guests having fun and socializing.

After the delicious dinner which was prepared by Milad Khalil and his kitchen staff, Bassel thanked all those who attended. He thanked the donors and supporters who have supported this Christmas fundraiser at Napoli's over the years. He also thanked the Ottawa Sens players for attending.

The raffle and live auction followed, with all of the proceeds going to Roger's House.

All of those present went home with a gift including a bottle of wine.

Sponsors and donors who helped make this year's Christmas fundraiser at Napoli's Café such a success included Jeff Milbury of Labatt's; Robert Doherty of Charton Hobbs; Joey Harrison of Decisive; John Stanton of Myers Motors Kanata; Todd Brown of Brown's Your Independent Grocer; Mark Seabrook of Canadian Golf and Country Club; Mathew Powell of Creemore Springs; Tino Filice of Italfoods; Tannis Trading; Mike Swartzack of Sports Experts; Christy Ashton of Mark Anthony Brands; Shawn Lariviere of Glazer's Canada; Jennifer and Neil Graves of Brookstreet Hotel; Kurtis Williams of Constellation Brands; Montana Coffee; Archer Chemicals; Canadian Line; Orleans Fresh Fruit; Bagel Bagel; Kaufman Seafood; and Colio Estates Wines.

Parking lot becomes 'rink of dreams' | Thu., Oct 08, 2015 John Curry 

Usually it’s a parking lot beside Napoli’s Café at the Stittsville Shopping Centre in Stittsville. But last Sunday afternoon it became a “rink of dreams.”

And when it comes to dreams, for a young hockey player, there is no greater dream than to play hockey, be it on ice or on the pavement of a parking lot, with players from the hometown NHL team, the Ottawa Senators.

This is what happened last Sunday afternoon when the Stittsville Minor Atom RAMS team played a road hockey game against five Ottawa Senators – Craig Anderson, Curtis Lazar, Mark Stone, Chris Wideman and Andrew Hammond. Just the night before, Mark Stone and Chris Wideman had both scored goals for the Senators in a 5-4 exhibition game win over the Montreal Canadiens at the Canadian Tire Centre. Now here they were, passing, shooting and defending in a road hockey game against this team of Stittsville minor hockey players in their white RAMS jerseys. It doesn’t get any better than this – it’s a dream come true.


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EMC news - It was champagne toasts all around at Napoli's Café in Stittsville last Monday afternoon, Jan. 21 as organizers of the Jan. 23 Superfoods Dine-A-Rama at 100 restaurants across Ottawa celebrated the launch of what they hope will be a $100,000 or more fundraiser for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and its campaign to bring CyberKnife technology to cancer patients in the Ottawa area.
This Dine-A-Rama campaign will see the 100 participating restaurants contribute a portion of the proceeds from their revenues on Wednesday, Jan. 23 to the campaign. Already, two days before the event was even happening, $40,000 had been raised towards the campaign's $100,000 goal.
It all began thanks to the use of CyberKnife technology which helped Luke Rochefort, owner of St. Louis Bar and Grill in Ottawa, overcome testicular cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease in 2010 and after undergoing treatment using the CyberKnife, he has a clean bill of health today.
In order to support the equipment that helped save his life and ensure that even more people can be helped by this revolutionary piece of technology that is improving cancer survival rates and recovery times, Luke, with the help of other restaurant owners like Bassel and Milad Khalil of Napoli's Café in Stittsville, developed the campaign that would see local restauranteurs come together on one day, Jan. 23, and donate a portion of sales that day to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.
Speaking at the campaign launch at Napoli's Café last Monday afternoon, Luke Rochefort said that there has never been a campaign like this one before, where 100 restaurants are getting together to donate a percentage of sales from a particular day to a cause. 
This is pretty cool to do this all together, he told those at the launch.
He expressed the hope that the word about the Dine-A-Rama event had spread throughout the community and that the participating restaurants will be filled on Jan. 23.
Ottawa sports personality Ken Evraire, who was at the launch, noted how everyone has had their lives touched in some way by cancer. He said that while more people today are being diagnosed with cancer, earlier detection means that more people are successfully beating the disease. 
He praised Luke Rochefort for handling his battle with cancer with grace and courage and for now taking a leadership role in the community in raising funds to help fight the disease.
At the launch, John Ouellette of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation presented Cancer Connection Awards to the key organizers of this Dine-A-Ram campaign. These awards are presented by the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation to those who go above and beyond the norm in raising funds and helping to fight cancer. 
Mr. Ouellette noted that those who have stepped up to organize this Dine-A-Rama campaign are helping people that they will probably never meet and yet they are still involved in the campaign. 
Cancer Connection Awards were presented to Luke Rochefort, Bassel and Milad Khalil of Napoli's Café, Mike Bouris of Chances R Restaurant, Lindsay Firestone, and Dave Rochefort of Molson's who is also Luke's father.
Lindsay Firestone and Dave Rochefort did a lot of the legwork, visiting restaurants and getting them on board for this Dine-A-Rama campaign.
Bassel Khalil, speaking at the launch event, said that the campaign shows how much the restauranteurs in the Ottawa area care about Luke Rochefort. He said that the restaurant community in Ottawa has really come together for this cause.

EMC news - There's a Molson beer fridge stocked with a new case of Molson product every month, delivered, no less. Appealing. A dinner party for six at Napoli's Café. Enticing. Racing at the Calabogie Race Track. Thrilling. A sports weekend in Denver for four people for both football and hockey games. Awesome. And more, all desirable. But it was the dance moves by Napoli's co-owner Bassel Khalil while standing on a railing in the middle of the restaurant that brought the house down at the recent annual Customer Appreciation Charity Dinner at the restaurant. Priceless.
Bassel's railing dance performance has become something of a tradition at this annual event which sees thousands raised for a charitable cause or causes, all through an auction and raffle of donated items and experiences such as the Molson beer fridge, the dinner party, the Calabogie Race Track racing and the Denver sports weekend. 
The event is further enhanced by the fact that it is an invitation-only happening involving Napoli's regular customers, giving the charity night a family-like atmosphere. Indeed, Bassel admits that if there could be one big table at which all 120 guests could sit, they would all choose to sit together.
Most attending have attended the event year after year since it began six years ago. 
Another attraction at this customer appreciation charity dinner is the presence of members of the National Hockey League (NHL) Ottawa Senators. 
Bassel was worried that the NHL lockout which was in full flight at the time of the charity dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 18 might adversely impact the event in terms of auction items and raffle prizes. But his fears proved groundless, especially since several Senators players - Chris Neil, Kyle Turris and Erik Condra - and even coach Paul MacLean attended the event. Ottawa Senators executive Cyril Leeder was also in attendance.
MC for the evening was former Ottawa Rough Rider and Ottawa-area sports broadcaster Ken Evraire, a childhood friend of Bassel's. 
But despite all of these celebrity guests, Bassel is firm in what makes the event such a fundraising success - the generosity of his customers who attend.
They come here to support the restaurant and whatever cause we are behind, Bassel says.
The proceeds from this most recent customer appreciation charity dinner at Napoli's Café, totaling $32,825, was divided among three causes - Roger's House and help for two local families, one in Kanata and one in Stittsville. 
And while $32,825 was raised for these three causes, another $25,000 was donated to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation's CyberKnife fundraising campaign after an impromptu but impassioned speech at the event by Luke Rochefort, a close friend of Bassel's who owns the St. Louis Bar and Grill in Ottawa and who has survived testicular cancer thanks to treatment using the CyberKnife. His story prompted the $25,000 donation.
CyberKnife is a revolutionary piece of technology that is improving survival rates and recovery times for people living with cancer. It provides non-invasive treatment for cancer patients who prefer an alternative to surgery. This week's Dine-A-Rama campaign which involves about 100 restaurants in the Ottawa area, including Napoli's, is raising funds for this CyberKnife campaign.
Bassel emphasizes how those at the customer appreciation charity dinner are so supportive of the causes being supported. And while he admits that the dinner is held in the busy pre-Christmas rush period for the restaurant, he admits that holding this special event at the restaurant is well worth the time and effort. Indeed, he admits that he loves the event.
It's my favourite day of the year, he says about the event.
He can't say enough about the generosity and support of his customers at this event, as they purchase the auction items and buy raffle tickets. He also is most appreciative for all those suppliers and others who donate the items for the auction and raffle.
One of the auction prizes that has consistently been a top money generator at the event has been the sports weekend in Denver for four people who get to take in a Denver Broncos game as well as a Colorado Avalanche game, all in luxury suites. This time it brought forth a $6,000 bid, again leading the way in the auction.
Bassel also praises his brother Milad who looks after everything in the kitchen at Napoli's. He gets all the suppliers on board and comes up with a great menu every time. This time it involved soup, salad, tenderloin and dessert.
And no one leaves this annual customer appreciation charity dinner empty handed. Everyone gets a gift on leaving, a gift which includes a bottle of wine, a gift card for Napoli's and more. 
Nobody leaves empty handed, Bassel says, again expressing his appreciation for the generosity that these customers show in bidding on the auction items and participating in the raffle draw.
Live auction items included an Italian connection dinner party for six at Napoli's Café, the previously-mentioned sports weekend in Denver, racing at the Calabogie Race Track, tickets to a 200 level suite at an Ottawa Senators game, dinner for six in a home setting, hosted by Napoli's Café, a minor hockey team practice session run by the Ottawa Senators Chris Neil, the Molson beer fridge, and a round of golf with the Ottawa Senators Kyle Turris and one of his teammates.
The raffle included 16 prizes including what was advertized as A Relaxing Night Out which included a one hour massage, luxury accommodation at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata, a gift certificate from Napoli's Café and use of a limo.
Bassel and Milad Khalil and Napoli's Café would like to thank the following for their support of this annual customer appreciation charity dinner: Chris and Caitlin Neil (Chris is honourary chair of Roger's House), Erik Condra and Ryan Condra, Kyle Turris and Julie Fuller, Senators Sports and Entertainment, Sens Foundation, Jim Orban, Mark Seabrook of the Canadian Golf and Country Club, Ross Webley of Coldwell Banker First Ottawa Realty, Marc Steenbakkers of CIBC, John Stanton of Myers Kanata, Geoff Ross of Molson Canada, Samuel Granados of Integrated Resource Systems, Mike Swartzack of Sports Experts, I-Tal Foods, Tannis, Kauffman Foods, Cisco Foods, Ken Evraire, Canadian Linen, Constellation Brand Wines, Millennium Limousines, Coyle Publishing, Robert Doherty of Charton Hobbs Wine, and Mike Bernier of Mattress Mart.

John Curry 
Jan 02, 2012 - 11:28 AM 
Napoli's Cafe raises funds for Roger's House 
Annual charity night featuring Ottawa Senators Napoli’s Café in Stittsville has given a helping hand to Roger’s House. 
About $32,000 was raised for Roger’s House at the third annual fundraising charity dinner at Napoli’s Café on Monday evening, Dec. 19. And what an evening it was. “It was just a big party atmosphere,” Bassel Khalil, co-owner of Napoli’s Café, said, explaining that he and his co-owner brother Milad Khalil host the event even at such a busy time of the year in the restaurant business because they enjoy doing it simply because “it’s so festive.”
And this year’s event featured the presence of six Ottawa Senators – Chris Neil, who is honourary chair of Roger’s House, Nick Foligno, Zack Smith, Peter Regin, Eric Condra and Zenon Konopka – along with Ottawa Senators team president and Sens Foundation board member Cyril Leeder. They circulated among the crowd of 135 or so diners, chatting with them and having their photos taken with them. 
Former Ottawa Rough Rider and television sports personality Ken Evraire was the MC for the evening and also served, along with Bassel Khalil, as auctioneer for the evening.
It was the live auctions for a number of major items that generated much of the $32,000 that was raised for Roger’s House, with a raffle draw also raising some funds.
Among the live auction items were a dinner for ten at Napoli’s cooked and served by Ottawa Senators Nick Foligno and Zack Smith, with the evening captured on video for showing on the Ottawa Senators website. This item alone brought in $4,000.
But it was a Sports Weekend in Denver for four that attracted the largest single bid, $5,000. A similar item was also auctioned off at last year’s event and a video was shown which captured the experience. This Sports Weekend in Denver includes a two night hotel stay, four tickets to a luxury suite for a Denver Broncos football game, pre-game field-level passes and four tickets to a Colorado Avalanche National Hockey League game.
Bassel Khalil, who went along on the trip last year, calls it an “awesome trip” which is arranged through a friend, Sam Grandados, who operates a firm called Integrated Snow in Denver. 
Other live auction items included a minor hockey team practice at Scotiabank Place with Ottawa Senators Nick Foligno and Chris Neil; a bed from Mattress Mart along with a Chris Neil hockey stick and tickets to a Senators game; a dozen tickets to a 100 level suite for an Ottawa Senators game; racing at the Calabogie Race Track, followed by attendance at an Ottawa Senators game; and attendance for four at an Ottawa Senators game with access to the exclusive Wiser’s Club.
Raffle prizes included a garage makeover, a Molson fridge and signed Ottawa Senators jerseys.
Many of the prizes for the live auction and raffle draws were collected by Bassel Khalil from his contacts and suppliers. The Ottawa Senators Foundation also provided some of the prizes.
Bassel and Milad Khalil organize this annual event, this year receiving help from Jennifer Graves of the Senators Foundation.
This is the third year that Napoli’s Café has hosted this major fundraising charity dinner just before Christmas. 
Bassel Khalil notes the loyalty of Napoli’s customers who faithfully turn out to help support the event.
“It’s all about the kids,” is how Bassel explains why he and his brother host the event.
Going into this year’s third annual event, the event had raised more $50,000.
This charity dinner evening is hosted by Bassel and Joanne Khalil and Milad Khalil, owners and operators of Napoli’s Café. The event is supported by Chris Neil, honourary chair of Roger’s House, and others from the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club.
Roger’s House is an eight bed pediatric residential hospice that serves children and youth with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
Napoli’s Café, located at the Shoppers Drug Mart plaza on Stittsville Main Street in Stittsville, is now in its 18th year in business in Stittsville. Once again this year Napoli’s Café has been nominated as the best restaurant in Goulbourn in the annual People’s Choice Business Awards program organized by the Kanata Chamber of Commerce. Napoli’s has won this award in the past.
Bassel and Milad Khalil of Napoli’s Café would like to thank the following for their involvement in this year’s successful fundraising charity dinner: Ottawa Senators players Chris Neil, Nick Foligno, Zack Smith, Peter Regin, Eric Condra and Zenon Konopka, Ottawa Senators president Cyril Leeder, Senators Sports and Entertainment, the Sens Foundation, Doug Henderson of Henderson Security, Mark and Gail Seabrook of the Canadian Golf and Country Club, Mike Bernier of Mattress Mart, Mike Pillon of Endeavour Sports Group, Sam Grandados of Integrated Snow, George Coyle of Coyle Publishing, Robert Doherty and Charlton Hobbs, Mike Swartzak of Sports Experts, Sysco Food, Tannis Trading, Ital Foods, Orleans Fresh Fruits, Kaufmann, Jennifer Graves of the Sens Foundation, MC Ken Evraire and Canadian Linen.



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