The Bay Refugee Project Fundraising Committee has been hard at work over the last six weeks. This group of more than a dozen dedicated community members has been brainstorming and planning and reaching out. We have asked - and boy, have we received! We have all been overwhelmed by the willingness of family, friends, neighbours and businesses to help out with this project.
All of that effort has started to pay off. We held our first fundraising event at the Shore Club in Hubbards on Friday night. Tickets for the Community Supper sold out quickly and the event was a great success. Almost all of the food for the supper was donated and all of the labour was offered in kind. A delicious meal was served and it was followed by some wonderful musical entertainment. We sold tickets on an enormous raffle bag filled with items that were generously donated by the members of Hubbards Area Business Association. A big thanks goes out to all those who donated their time, effort and expertise to this event.
We raised $9,000 towards the Bay Refugee Project at the Community Supper through event ticket sales, raffle ticket sales, auction items and cash donations.
Things got really exciting when a couple attending the supper offered to make a $500 donation if someone was willing to step up and match it. That happened quickly and the competition continued as an additional pledge was made for a contribution of $750 if it could be matched. We did not find a contributor to match it that night, so the pledge still stands. Is anyone out there willing to match this anonymous $750 pledge? If you have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to make a donation, why not contact us and match that pledge?
Susy MacGillivray calls Hubbards home, and heads up the fundraising committee for the Bay Refuge Project.