Boozy Liberal Fund-raiser Raises Some Concerns

They are Liberals, after all:

A recent men-only, fine-wine and grappa-tasting fundraiser for an addiction centre north of Toronto that was attended by some prominent Liberals, powerful businessmen and a senior police official has attracted some criticism.

Richard Lorello and his friend Tracey Kent, both from Vaughan, Ont., say they stood outside snapping photographs as dozens of men strolled into Avenue restaurant on Oct. 22.

The $1,000-per-ticket fundraiser, billed as a “Gentlemen’s Gala Event,” was to raise money for Vitanova Foundation, a non-profit mental health treatment facility for alcohol, drug and gambling addicts.

“If you’re going to raise money for an addiction centre, why are you involving alcohol?” said Lorello, a former Conservative executive in the riding’s association.