FREE THE CHILDREN FUND RAISING PROJECT
I have now officially concluded my six (6) week FUND RAISING PROJECT for FREE THE CHILDREN. What a whirlwind it has been! I managed to cram six events, one raffle and chocolate bars sales into my fund raising period. Can you spell B-U-S-Y! It was indeed crazy but it was also a great deal of fun. I have an amazing community and wonderful friends and volunteers who helped with the various events and I am very pleased with my overall result.
The following is a pictorial of highlights from the events that I hosted after my initial event that I have already shared with you.
Six Hand Euchre Tournament
Trying my "HAND" at Euchre
My TIMERS Paige and Chris
What a Fun event this was! Thanks to some avid and expert card players who helped those not quite as “Euchre-accomplished” it was a night of great competition, great friends and certainly some entertaining moments! I would like to extend my special thanks to my Host location The DOUGLAS TAVERN and the ever-giving Evelyn McHale and my hardworking volunteers; Cecie, Breigh, Paige and my brother Chris.
Concert Night with LUCKY RON
Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame Artist -- LUCKY RON
YIP, YIP, YIP…It’s Lucky Ron! For those of you who don’t know Lucky Ron, he is a well-known celebrity in the Country music world and a member of the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame. He is a regular at THE LAFF pub in Ottawa and a Valley favourite when he comes to town. He sings a tribute set to Canadian icon, Stompin Tom Connors and entertains audiences with his classic country renditions of great artists like Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard. I was honoured to have LUCKY RON come down and perform for my event hosted at FINNIGAN’S ROADHOUSE.
My Host BRAD from FINNIGAN'S Road House
Also entertaining that evening was local artist RILEY NEW accompanied by Adam Brohart . Riley is always a crowd favourite and certainly kept the toes tapping and dance floor filled up between sets for Lucky Ron. A very special thanks to Lucky Ron, Riley and Adam for putting on a FABULOUS Show and once again to my hardworking volunteers. Personal thanks to BRAD GOULD, owner of FINNIGAN’S ROAD House for allowing me to have my event at his establishment and for his overwhelming support. It was an evening complete with fantastic entertainment, friends and down home country fun!
With the Legend LUCKY RON
On Stage with LUCKY RON
FREE THE CHILDREN Nine n Dine Charity Golf Tourney
My HOST at the DRAGONFLY GOLF LINKS, Andrew Dick
Well, after having to postpone the initial date of my Nine n Dine Golf Tourney due to cold, rainy weather, we finally got the ball off the tee on June 28th at the DRAGONFLY GOLF LINKS.
Although once again cloudy and slightly rainy, it was much warmer and all of the golfers showed up with great spirits and golf bags in tow.
Mama working hard tabulating the PUTTING CONTEST
There seemed to be quite a bit of laughing happening with a few of the teams and everyone arrived back at the clubhouse for the “DINING” segment of the Nine n Dine in high spirits and with big appetites. The Putting contest was a success thanks to my Volunteers and the Silent Auction was a hit.
Although some teams didn’t “FAIR” as well on the scorecard, everyone received a gift thanks to generous sponsors and a good time was had by all! Special thanks to The DRAGONFLY GOLF LINKS, my Corporate Hole Sponsors, all of the “Not so Fair weather” Golfers and to my family and wonderful team of volunteers.
With my Two Gorgeous Princess Helpers; Sarah and Marley
Well, my golf shoes weren’t even dry and it was off to the GARAGE/Yard Sale hosted by my very good friend Darlene (aka MAMA). Saturday morning was once again cloudy but the Yard sale enthusiasts were out very early in droves and we had a great day selling items and visiting with folks who are avid “Garage Sale Experts”. I learned quite a bit on bartering that’s for sure. My lovely assistants for the day Princess Marley and Princess Sarah and the ever-handsome Dawson, were a great help and are definitely future entrepreneurs if their lemonade stand sales are any indication! It was a great day and I truly appreciate the efforts from my family and Darlene who donated all of the sale items.
My Expert Salesman, DAWSON
CHOCOLATE BAR SALES
Can you spell decadent? I spell it C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E! Nothing tastes better than chocolate made by J&J Chocolate Sensations in Renfrew. NOTHING! It is addictive! J&J’s Chocolates was founded by local chocolatier Jeff Dick along with his wife Judy. Jeff started the business from scratch and spent his days experimenting with a variety of flavours and fillings. Sadly, Jeff was taken from our community when he suffered a fatal heart attack. His wife Judy wanted to continue with the business to keep Jeff’s dream and legacy alive and has worked hard along with their daughters Maurissa and Sara to keep creating homemade chocolates and sweets that are a favourite in the valley. J&J Chocolates are now available in a variety of regional stores throughout the valley and Jeff’s dream continues to flourish.
I would like to extend a huge thank you to Judy of J&J Chocolate Sensations for creating a delicious chocolate bar for my FREE THE CHILDREN Fund Raising project. They were a definite hit! If you are in Renfrew, be sure to stop by J&J Chocolate Sensations and try their wonderful treats. They also have a full line of gluten free and diabetic chocolates. A true TASTE SENSATION!
My TRIVIA HOST LOCATION -- COCO JARRY'S
I completed my six week Fund Raising Project with TRIVIA NIGHT held at COCO
MYFM Radio announcers BOB & THE BEAR
JARRY’S in lovely downtown Renfrew. Special thanks to owner Nick for his hospitality! It was a fun evening hosted by none other than BOB and THE BEAR from MYFM Radio.
My Host, owner of COCO JARRY'S NICK
Competition was fierce and some of the answers were interesting but the final result was a great evening of fun and friendship for a great cause. The Trivia challenge was won by the BRAINIACS who solidified everyone’s opinion that they have a lot of “odd” information in their collective brains . Thanks to everyone who participated and to my hardworking volunteers Breigh, Penny, Macy and Megan!
Some of the TRIVIA TEAMS deep in discussion!
With volunteer Breigh announcing the TRIVIA CHAMPS - The BRAINIACS!
The six (6) week “FUN”d Raising Project for Free the Children was hectic and challenging but thanks to the generous support of my family, friends, local businesses and the amazing community that I call home, I have completed my project and am very proud of the results. I look forward to handing off my donation to FREE THE CHILDREN at the 2013 Miss Teen Canada World Pageant. It is a wonderful feeling knowing that the FREE THE CHILDREN donations collected by all of the 2013 MTC-W delegates will go a long way to help build schools and medical facilities for the children of Africa.
Thank you to everyone who helped all of us MAKE A DIFFERNCE!
Gracie Stewart, Miss Eastern Ontario World 2013