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  • Writer's pictureTatiana Colhoun

Chelster Hall Karma with Hugo Powell

Tatiana Colhoun & Hugo Powell

The event was to take place “rain or shine” and with the wild rain storms that took place the night before I’m sure many partygoers were on edge sending good vibes to ensure the weather would hold out for this special event. With much anticipation, Saturday morning arrived and the sun was shining and not a cloud in the sky – the perfect recipe for the perfect event.

The Powells thought of everything including parking for all their guests. Guests were all notified prior to the event that parking was available at St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School with shuttle buses running to and from the event. Once we arrived we were all greeted by several volunteers and we all received the “red carpet” treatment.

Behind the gates is a long laneway leading to the grand residence. The grounds are immaculate. The gardens are plentiful. Guests sauntered their way up to the soaring entry doors and grand foyer drinking in the elegance and class of this grand estate. A guest book awaited everyone at the front door for guests to sign and we all made our way through the home. The details are endless. The craftsmanship is extraordinary. There is a wonderful energy in the home, a feeling of a sense of family and love that is remarkable for a home of its size – 48,000 square feet.

Once we made it outside to the breathtaking rear gardens, we were served by several of the best restaurateurs in Oakville including Seasons, 7 Enoteca, Bru, Mye Japanese Cuisine, Colossus, Stonehouse Restaurant, Cobs Bakery, De Stefano’s Ristorante, Olivo Fresco, Catered Fare, Circus Chocolates and Ice Cream, and refreshments by TAG No 5 Vodka, Trius Wines and Tableau. Guests mingled to the sounds of Ian Thomas and the Oakville Chamber Orchestra.

Tents were filled with luxurious prizes available through raffle tickets and silent auctions as well. The monies raised were to benefit many local organizations including The Oakville Hospital, The Oakville Humane Society, Oakville Chamber Orchestra, Oakville Library, and St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn Academy.

As I wandered the grounds and spoke with many of the guests a common theme arose – just how gracious the Powells were to hold such an intimate event opening up their own home for charity and giving back to the community. Many commented on how both Hugo and Tracy were extremely personable speaking to all in attendance.

The event was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience and the Powells were gracious to allow everyone to be part of this event. According to the Vedas, if one sows goodness, one will reap goodness. And that is what I like to refer to as Chelster Hall Karma.

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