Raising $8,000 while drinking wine & eating cheese!

November 2, 2011 at 6:06pm

In just one evening, members of the Local Union along with their friends, family and neighbours, got to enjoy some great wine and excellent food all while helping raise $8,000 for Leukemia research. In total, more than 100 people turned out for the event on October 15 at the Travelodge Airlane hotel in Thunder Bay.
View photos here!

Specialty cheeses were donated by local businesses as well as desserts, some of which were made by volunteers. “We’d really like to thank our amazing volunteers,” says Union Rep Dean McLaren who emceed the event. “Our Executive Board members Cheryl Henry, Dale Simon, Kim White and Barb Carr all went above and beyond to help make this event a great success. And of course a huge thank you to everyone that came out for the evening for their generosity.”

“A big thank-you has to go to Dean’s wife Christine,” explains Dan Lacroix, director of Region 1. “She was responsible for much of the planning and organization of this event. She volunteered her time and effort from beginning to end and she was on hand throughout the evening to welcome guests and hand out prizes.”

Money was raised through a silent auction on items such as signed sports memorabilia, jewellery, framed pictures, gift packs from local businesses and even a Nintendo Wii, which a number of guests enjoyed playing throughout the evening.

In addition to the auction, there were a number of raffle prizes up for grabs. Terry McFarlane, an Assistant Produce manager from Metro 421 in Thunder Bay, won the grand prize of a trip for two to Ottawa including flight, hotel stay and hockey tickets to see the Senators play. Bearskin Airlines and the Westin Hotel in Ottawa, both of which employ Local 175 members, donated the flight hotel room, respectively. And the Local Union provided the hockey tickets.

The teachers at Woodcrest Public School held a ‘dress-down’ day and a pajama day to raise $400 for the cause as well.

“This event had a lot of support from the community,” explains Dan Lacroix. “Dougall Media, which owns Thunder Bay Television, several radio stations and the Thunder Bay Source newspaper, donated $7,500 worth of advertising for the event, which no doubt helped us get our message out there.”