13th Cocktail and Oyster Party Raises $104,090 for Élyme Des Sables

SEPT-ÎLES, November 2, 2022 – Élyme des sables and the Port of Sept-Îles are more than pleased with the results of the latest “5 à Huîtres maritime” cocktail and oyster party held on October 28. At $104,090, it’s the second best result since the 2012 event that raised $115,000.

Now in its 13th year, the annual fundraising event is organized by the Port of Sept-Îles in collaboration with Élyme des sables, Club Richelieu, and HMCS Jolliet. The goal of the event is to raise as much money as possible to support the valuable services provided at the Sept-Îles palliative care centre.

This year’s hybrid event, which featured three options—a five-course in-person meal, a full takeout meal for two people, and a beer and oyster takeout option—was a big hit. Restaurant Les Terrasses du Capitaine hosted the gourmet dinner. The Rockefeller Room was sponsored by LOGISTEC, the event’s major partner. About 50 guests enjoyed oysters prepared in five different ways by the chefs of Le Bavard et l’Ivrogne and Les Terrasses du Capitaine, both outstanding partners of the event.

“It would be remiss of us not to mention the many partners, organizations, and volunteers who made this fundraising event such a great success. And what can we say about everyone who came out for the exceptional oysters from La Ferme Maricole Purmer, which has been farming them in the Bay of Sept-Îles specifically for the “5 à Huîtres maritime” event for the past few years. It’s proof that our big community is close-knit and can come together to help an organization committed to providing a supportive and dignified end-of-life environment for families and their loved ones. To all those who had a direct or indirect hand in this fantastic result, well done and thank you! We’re clearly a very generous region,” said Bernard Lynch, chair of the board of directors, and Pierre D. Gagnon, president and CEO of the Port of Sept-Îles.

“We’re proud to say ‘mission accomplished!’ We owe our success to the involvement of some 50 dedicated individuals who answer the call year after year. Thank you to the members of the organizing committee, our colleagues at the Port of Sept-Îles, and our wonderful volunteers. See you next year!” added Marie-Eve Guérin, HR and administration manager at the Port of Sept-Îles and head of the “5 à Huîtres maritime” organizing committee.

“A community’s generosity and commitment are a testament to the values of every person in it. Thank you all, hats off to Sept-Îles and Port-Cartier, and see you next year!” said Michel Bellavance, executive director of the Élyme des sables palliative care centre in Sept-Îles.


Élyme des sables is our palliative care centre, providing accommodation and care for people diagnosed with a terminal illness. The mission and commitment of the centre’s healthcare staff is to provide quality end-of-life care in a peaceful and dignified environment. Fundraising activities are essential to the operating budget, and the centre’s longevity is inextricably tied to the great generosity and contribution of the people who live here.


Boasting diverse, state-of-the-art facilities, the Port of Sept-Îles is one of North America’s largest ore-handling ports, with a projected volume for 2022 of nearly 40 million metric tons. It is also recognized as the largest primary aluminum port terminal in the Americas in terms of operational volume. Sept-Îles port facilities play a vital and strategic role in the economy of Eastern Canada. The Port is also deeply committed to sustainable development and has pioneered the first environmental observatory on the St. Lawrence to monitor the marine ecosystem.

Sources :

Patsy Keays
Director, Corporate Affaires & Corporate Secretary
Port of Sept-Îles
Tel. 418 961-1235

Michel Bellavance
Executive Director
Élymes des sables
Tel. 418 965-6438