Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission

Mission raises $6,000 at annual golf tournament

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission held its annual golf tournament Saturday with nearly 100 golfers joining them again this year.

The 2017 tournament, held at Dominion Golf Club in LaSalle, drew a similar number of golfers as compared to the 2016 tournament.

“We had 97 golfers this year, almost 25 full teams,” said Winston McAllister, one of the main organizers of the tournament.

McAllister, whose father Tim is the board president of the mission, said the July 8 tournament raised about $6,000. That brought the overall total to $56,100 since the tournament was first founded ten years ago.

“We’re happy with any number,” said McAllister.

The proceeds raised go into the general fund at the mission and is used for whatever is required.

The winners of Saturday’s Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission golf tournament were (from left): Chad Mayrand, Bruce Bratt, Mark Bondy and Jesse Carter.

The winners of Saturday’s Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission golf tournament were (from left): Chad Mayrand, Bruce Bratt, Mark Bondy and Jesse Carter.

“It pays the bills and whatever expenses they have,” he said. “The mission is 100 per cent volunteers. That money goes a long way.”

McAllister said a group of about 12 people helped him plan the tournament and they “do whatever it takes” to make it successful. He thanked the golfers, sponsors, the golf course and everyone who supported the mission and the tournament.

“Our slogan is ‘people helping people’ and that is at the heart of what the mission is,” said McAllister.

Shirley Hitchcock, vice president of the board, said McAllister, his wife Trish and the other organizers deserve a lot of credit.

“This couldn’t happen without Winston and Trish and their entire team of people,” said Hitchcock.

Seasons Amherstburg brightens Easter at the Mission

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Seasons Amherstburg helped brighten the spirits of those at the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission just in time for Easter.

Seasons general manager Brenda D’Alimonte, food services manager Beau Veldhuis and Seasons residents Joan Browning, Nida Agnositis and Matt and Julie Predki delivered 100 hams to the mission last Thursday afternoon.

“Each Seasons property did the same for their communities,” explained D’Alimonte. “It’s to help out around the Easter holidays.”

D’Alimonte said they know that the mission provides a valuable service in the community and that there are also seniors in the community who need some assistance.

“That’s what we’re here for,” she added.

Seasons Amherstburg donated 100 hams to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission last Thursday afternoon. Front row (from left): Seasons Amherstburg general manager Brenda D’Alimonte, Matt Predki, Joan Browning, Julie Predki and Nida Agnositis.  Back row (from left): Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission president Tim McAllister and Seasons Amherstburg food services manager Beau Veldhuis.

Seasons Amherstburg donated 100 hams to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission last Thursday afternoon. Front row (from left): Seasons Amherstburg general manager Brenda D’Alimonte, Matt Predki, Joan Browning, Julie Predki and Nida Agnositis. Back row (from left): Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission president Tim McAllister and Seasons Amherstburg food services manager Beau Veldhuis.

Tim McAllister, president of the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission’s board of directors, said they had their Easter dinner Monday. He was thankful for the donation from Seasons Amherstburg.

“This is a big boost for the mission to receive this many hams,” said McAllister. “It makes us feel very excited. It’s great that Seasons was able to donate these hams.”

Donations are always welcome at the mission, he added, but it is special when donations come around holidays.

“At these times, it means a lot to the people we serve,” said McAllister. “Any time is good (for donations), but especially on occasions like Easter.”

McAllister added it was “hard to put into words” how much the donation meant to the non-profit organization.

“It means a lot to the mission,” he said.

Charity hockey game raises $1,100 for Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A charity hockey game held over the Christmas holidays resulted in a recent donation of $1,100 to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

The game was organized by Wes Ewer and a group of his friends. Ewer, co-owner and general manager of the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals, organized the game after the Dec. 30 Admirals’ home game but noted the tradition started a number of years ago.

“Basically the game itself started five years ago,” said Ewer. “As my group of friends starting getting older and some of our group had departed Amherstburg for work and family responsibilities elsewhere, I looked for an opportunity to get everyone together; and could think of no more fitting way than a hockey game.”

That led to a group of 32 friends renting the ice at the Libro Centre for 90 minutes, drafting teams, playing a game and have some social time after.

“Going into this year, I wanted to switch things up a bit,” said Ewer. “Normally we design and purchase jerseys each year for all the players. This year, (Admirals co-owner) Matt (Fox) and I decided to just use the practice jerseys we have accumulated with the Admirals to save some time and money. Instead of dropping the cost per player for the game, we kept our normal price and told the players we would donate the money somewhere to a local cause or family that could use it. The reception on my idea was a unanimous yes from the group of players.”

A charity hockey game at the Libro Centre in December raised $1,100 for the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission. (Submitted photo)

A charity hockey game at the Libro Centre in December raised $1,100 for the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission. (Submitted photo)

Some suggested upping our fee for the game to increase the donation, Ewer added.

“After discussion with many of the players, we decided to donate to the Amherstburg Mission. Our original donation was going to be $300 which we thought would certainly help and we’re proud of. One of our players (Mark Bondy) has close ties with the McAllister family and once he found out the recipient I had decided to go with, he personally matched our donation,” said Ewer. “After that, Mark got his employer on board and Morton Industrial -with no hesitation whatsoever – added $500 to our cause. So for our first go round at donating some money, we were able to get $1,100 to a great local cause.”

Ewer said they all were happy to support the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

“I can speak for all of the players in the game that it felt great to be able to positively impact a cause that helps so many local people out,” said Ewer. “Ninety-five per cent of the players in the game were born in Amherstburg or still currently live here so it made our Christmas and our annual game a lot more special.”

Tim McAllister, president of the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission’s board of directors, thanked “a solid group of guys” for making the donation.

“Not only did they donate money, they donated their time to organize this annual hockey game,” said McAllister. “With the combined effort with Morton’s, $1,100 was donated. This money donated will go towards our mission of people helping people.”

Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission serves over 100 Christmas meals

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It was a Merry Christmas indeed at the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

The Mission served over 100 meals that day with turkey, stuffing, potatoes and all the trimmings being on the menu. It was something the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission presented free of charge.

“If everyone in the world did a little bit for the less fortunate, the world would be a better place,” said mission vice president Shirley Hitchcock.

Hitchcock believed that no one should be alone on Christmas or have nothing that time of year. The mission allows them to have a place to go and friends to meet.

“It’s all about Christmas. It’s all about helping other people,” said Hitchcock.

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission was a busy place again on Christmas Day thanks to a free turkey dinner that was served. Over 100 meals were given to people. From left: Tracey Landriault, mission president Tim McAllister, Joel Year Wood, Natasha Anderson and Mark Harrison.

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission was a busy place again on Christmas Day thanks to a free turkey dinner that was served. Over 100 meals were given to people. From left: Tracey Landriault, mission president Tim McAllister, Joel Year Wood, Natasha Anderson and Mark Harrison.

Hitchcock credited mission president Tim McAllister and the volunteers that help cook and serve the meal, stating the Christmas dinner would not happen without them.

“These people appreciate it,” she said.

People who have donated are appreciated more than can be properly explained and Hitchcock said they are able to use donations to bring happiness to others.

“When you see the joy you bring to people, you wouldn’t do anything else,” said Hitchcock.

“Christmas is for them, not us,” added McAllister. “We just get the joy. It’s not about us, it’s about the people.”

McAllister explained that people normally have to come to the kitchen counter to get served, but on Christmas, the dinner is served to them. Volunteers come in to do everything from cooking and serving to peeling potatoes and carrots.

“People come just to wash dishes. People come just to do a piece of this,” he added. “Everyone takes part to make it great for everybody.”

Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission among recipients of Unifor Local 200 donations

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Unifor Local 200 has donated $20,000 to four local organizations with one of the organizations being from Amherstburg.

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission received one of the four $5,000 cheques from the union Friday afternoon. The other four organizations were the Wellness Centre, the Lakeshore Community Food Bank and the Essex Area Food Bank.

“We try and reach out in the community as best we can,” explained Unifor Local 200 vice president Marc Renaud.

Tim McAllister, president of the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission’s board of directors, expressed their appreciation to the union.

“Thank you for choosing us as one of the donors,” said McAllister. “This donation will be incredibly helpful and allow us to reach our goal of people helping people.”

McAllister said last year’s donations to the Mission helped them serve 15,596 hot meals, give out 635 gift baskets and 72 baby food boxes. He said the baby food program has become popular and the need is evident.

Unifor Local 200 donated $5,000 to four local non-profit organizations last Friday.

Unifor Local 200 donated $5,000 to four local non-profit organizations last Friday.

“You have truly helped make a difference in the lives of the community,” he told the Unifor members in attendance.

Lonnie Jones accepted on behalf of the Essex Area Food Bank and read a statistic that said one person that uses a food bank represents three people. He noted the number of children and seniors have risen, a feeling shared by Kathy Lucas of the Lakeshore Community Food Bank.
“There is a need out there more than ever for our food bank,” she said.

Lady Laforet said donations have helped keep the Wellness Centre open. She added that donations go beyond just distributing food, but it also allows people to get additional help.

Dan Cassady, financial secretary with Unifor Local 200, said it was a pleasure for the local to recognize the “wonderful grassroots organizations.

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” said Cassaday.