The Windsor Tavern will be the place to be on Friday September 8 for their weekly steak night. But this will not be your usual steak night. This will be an evening dedicated to raise funds in support of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Eastern Ontario. A portion of the steak sales as well as proceeds from raffle ticket sales will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and will be attributed to the annual Derick’s Pancake Day upcoming in April 2018. This is the second such steak night for the foundation, with last year’s event raising slightly over $1,000. This year, the goal is to match or surpass that figure.
The Make-a-Wish Foundation of Eastern Ontario has granted 655 wishes since its inception in 1999.
Worldwide, The Make-a-Wish Foundation has granted over 415,000 wishes since the beginning in over 50 countries.
The Make-a-Wish Foundation is a worldwide non-profit organization which depends solely on private, corporate, or community events to raise funds without any government sponsorship; 82% of funds go directly towards wishes and only two per cent of funds are spent for administrative costs. The rest goes back into various fundraising events.
The Cardinal family, through Derick’s Pancake Day, has now topped the $130,000 level in more than seven years, with Vankleek Hill corporate fundraiser Don Dubois raising $22,000 of that amount in the past four years. Dubois’ workplace, the law firm of Spiegel Sohmer in Montreal and its employees and lawyers have contributed more than $6,300 during this period.
Canadian singing and acting R & B artist Frank D’Angelo has contributed more than over $3,000 as well in cash and CD’s and food product donations through the D’Angelo Food Brands label.
Don Dubois who works as Accounts Receivable Coordinator for Spiegel Sohmer claims his success in helping the Cardinal Family is simply by talking to neighbors, fellow employees, and increasing awareness of the campaigns at hand, along with stressing the important need to help local children and their parents have some degree of happiness, be it for at least a room makeover, or a trip to Disney World.
Pediatric specialists agree that there are the positive results in seriously-ill children who are being granted their wish, as it simply helps to raise the positive energy and happiness arising from this happy event happening around them.
This year’s steak night will be filled with many door prizes and gift packages, Dubois says, including weekend getaways, football tickets, dinners and much more.
The evening starts around 5 p.m. and musical entertainment will be provided by Jesse Stone as the evening progresses.
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