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“Country at Heart” helps pair of area charities

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A sold-out crowd of 250 people attended the second “Country at Heart” fundraiser with two area charities being the beneficiaries.

The Fight Like Mason Foundation and the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation will be the recipients of the funds raised at Saturday night’s event at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery, with the whole evening being presented by the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team.

Gemus said that 100 per cent of what was raised is going to charity. He added that $23,000 was raised at the 2017 event and he is expecting at least that much, if not more, in 2018.

The Dan Gemus Real Estate Team used to have a charity yard sale annually but the manpower to operate it became too much. They changed their focus and decided to present a gala event, only one where they could enjoy themselves and remain casual at the same time. Since many on the team enjoy country music, “Country at Heart” was born.

Ashley Lynn and the Spurs were the headline performers at Saturday night’s “Country at Heart” fundraiser at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery. It was presented by the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team.

“We decided to do something that doesn’t call for us to dress up,” said Gemus.

Throughout the years, Gemus said they tried to direct their fundraising towards charities that don’t get as much attention as larger causes. The Windsor Regional Cancer Centre Foundation helped use funds towards renovating a third-floor ICU waiting room at the Met Campus, with that floor not getting as much fundraising dollars as other areas of the hospital, Gemus explained.

The Fight Like Mason Foundation, he added, is a newer charity that is helping to fight childhood cancer in memory of Mason Bacon-Macri. Mason’s parents Iain Macri and Chantelle Bacon founded the charity in Mason’s name after he died in June 2016 at the age of four.

“What (the Fight Like Mason Foundation) is doing is absolutely amazing,” said Gemus.

Iain said they vowed to Mason before he died that they would continue to fight childhood cancer and one of the ways they are doing it is through “power poles,” which are IV poles decorate with superhero themes. The “power poles,” whether they be used in the hospital or at home, are designed to help children with cancer feel at ease.

Bacon added that despite being a registered charity for a little less than one year, the Fight Like Mason Foundation has raised almost $150,000.

Attendees at “Country at Heart” dance to the music of Adam Butcher last Saturday night. The event was presented by the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team and held at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery.

Richard Vennettilli, president of the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation, praised Gemus and his team for their efforts, noting the third-floor waiting room at the Met Campus wouldn’t have been renovated without proceeds from “Country at Heart.”

“He’s been doing amazing work,” Vennettilli said of Gemus.

Gisele Seguin, director of philanthropy at Windsor Regional Hospital, added “it’s wonderful what you are doing for patients and families.”

The evening featured a barbecue meal featuring ribs, chicken, potatoes and other “grub,” a dessert bar and musical performances by Adam Butcher and Ashley Lynn and the Spurs.

Two Amherstburg businesses win Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber BEA awards

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Two businesses from Amherstburg captured Business Excellence Awards (BEAs) at the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Awards.

The Dan Gemus Real Estate Team won the Professional of the Year category, beating out naturopathic doctor Meighan Valero and AM800 radio host Lisa Williams.

“It’s such an honour to have received the ‘Professional of the Year’ award. Being nominated with Dr. Meg Valero and Lisa Williams an old co-worker of mine at AM800 was amazing! Both of them so deserving in their own rights.”

Gemus said he was “humbling” to be nominated.

“It’s all still a bit of a blur,” he said.

Dan Gemus, surrounded by his real estate team, won Professional of the Year” at the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. (Submitted photo)

Gemus added he is thankful for his friends, family, team and clients for the honour.

The award was presented last Wednesday night at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts in Windsor.

Wolfhead Distillery won the award for New Business of the Year, with other nominees being Exodus Escape Rooms and Thrive Benefits Group Inc.

Larry Girard, executive chef and vice president at Wolfhead, said they had no idea they were going to win the award.

“It’s a great feeling of achievement,” said Girard. “It was an important award for us.”

Girard, who is partners with Tom and Sue Manherz at Wolfhead, credited the staff and said they empower their employees at Wolfhead.

“Our team carries the ball for us,” he said.

Larry Girard and Sue Manherz from Wolfhead Distillery accept the New Business of the Year Award. (photo by John Liviero,
Sooters
Photography)

Girard added that most of their products, upwards of 85 per cent, is local and said “we can’t expect them to support us if we don’t support them. The only way we can be sustainable is if everyone supports local.” On the restaurant side, everything is free and on the alcohol side, they are piling up awards including eight at the recent competition in California.

Smashed Apple Catering Inc. was the third finalist from Amherstburg. However, Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast won in the Tourism and Hospitality Award. The other nominee was Food & Beverage (F&B).

The complete list of award winners was:

Mid-Size Company of the Year Award – Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

Baron Championship Rings

 

New Business of the Year Award – Sponsored by EPICentre, University of Windsor

Wolfhead Distillery Inc.

 

Believe Windsor Essex Award – Sponsored by WFCU Credit Union

Michael Schlater, CEO, Domino’s Pizza of Canada

 

Innovation Award – Sponsored by Union Gas

Inspire HUB Technologies Inc.

 

Small Company of the Year Award – Sponsored by Families First

Forest Glade Tecumseh Veterinary Professional Corporation

 

Pillars of our Community Award – Sponsored by Motor City Community Credit Union

Transition to Betterness

 

Young Professional of the Year Award – Sponsored by Libro Credit Union

Dr. Abby Jakob, Optometrist/Owner, EYES Optometry

 

ATHENA Award – Sponsored by BELL

Pat Soulliere, President, Soulliere Financial Group

 

Tourism & Hospitality Award – Sponsored by Caesars Windsor and OLG

The Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast

 

Professional of the Year Award – Sponsored by TD Bank Group

Dan Gemus, Owner/Broker of Record, Dan Gemus Real Estate Team

 

Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Sponsored by St. Clair College

Vince Schiller, Owner/President, Southwestern Manufacturing

 

Large Company of the Year Award – Sponsored by BMO Bank of Montreal

Aphria

 

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce awards feature three Amherstburg finalists

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 28th annual Business Excellence Awards (BEA) in the spring and Amherstburg will be well represented.

Three Amherstburg businesses have been nominated for awards, with the winners to be announced April 18 at Caesars Windsor.

Dan Gemus, owner/broker with the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team was nominated in the Professional of the Year category. Other nominees include naturopathic doctor Meighan Valero and AM800 radio host Lisa Williams.

Tourism & Hospitality Award finalists include Amherstburg’s Smashed Apple Catering Inc. with other nominees including Food & Beverage (F&B) and the Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast.

Wolfhead Distillery was nominated in the New Business of the Year category, along with Exodus Escape Rooms and Thrive Benefits Group Inc.

“I’m so honoured to have been nominated. When I received the news a couple months ago that I had been nominated it seemed a little surreal at the time! Being at the news conference (last Wednesday) and hearing my name announced as a finalist was incredible!” said Gemus. “Being nominated along side Dr. Meighan Valero and an old AM800 co-worker and friend Lisa Williams is very humbling. All the nominees are so deserving. It will make for a fun night in April!”

Sue Manherz, co-owner of Wolfhead Distillery with husband Tom, said they were “quite surprised and honoured” to be nominated.

“We are up against a couple great companies and wish them the best of luck as well,” said Manherz. “We have a great team here at Wolfhead and none of this would be possible without everybody’s hard work and passion for what we have created. With the support of not only local residents but out-of-town people, they have helped put Wolfhead on the map and we are excited to see what the future brings us.  Being nominated for New Business of the Year is very humbling and rewarding and we strive to keep things moving in the right direction!”

Bill Deslippe, owner/chef at Smashed Apple, noted it was their second time being nominated for a Windsor-Essex BEA.

“We are hustling out here for Amherstburg. These are our roots and everything we do is a reflection of our amazing town and the people living here. We are proud to represent and hope to take home the win this year,” said Deslippe. “Having said that, we are in the same category as our friends and fellow talented business owners Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast and F&B Walkerville. We couldn’t have asked for a better compliment than to be placed in the same category as these innovative, talented and skilled business owners. At the risk of sounding ridiculous, being compared to these greats feels like a win already for Smashed Apple, we are doing it right! We are going in proud and humbled for the nomination, but come the night of the awards, we want to take it home!”

Award recipients will be announced during a gourmet dinner and show. Tickets are on sale now at www.windsoressexchamber.org.

Award recipients announced in advance include:

 

Believe Windsor Essex Award

Michael Schlater, CEO, Domino’s Pizza of Canada

 

ATHENA Award

Patricia Soulliere, President & CEO, Soulliere Financial

 

The full list of 2018 BEA Finalists include:

 

Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalists

Radu Bogdanel, President, Fulger Transport Inc.

Ernie Nesbitt, Owner, Jose’s Bar and Grill

Vince Schiller, Owner, Southwestern Manufacturing

 

Professional of the Year Award Finalists

Dan Gemus, Owner/Broker of Record, Dan Gemus Real Estate Team

Dr. Meighan Valero, Naturopathic Doctor, Meighan Valero Naturopathic Professional Corporation

Lisa Williams, Radio Host – AM800 The Morning Drive, Bell Media / AM800

 

Young Professional of the Year Award Finalists

Dr. Maxwell Abraham, Orthodontist, Owner, Abraham Orthodontics

Dr. Abby Jakob, Optometrist/Owner of EYES Optometry, EYES Optometry

Dr. Jackie Vandereerden, Doctor, South Walkerville Medical Centre

 

Small Company of the Year Award Finalists

Anchor Coffee House Inc.

Forest Glade Tecumseh Veterinary Professional Corporation

Sentry Windows & Doors

 

Mid-Size Company of the Year Finalists

Baron Championship Rings

Flexible Industrial Solutions

Kinder Academy

 

Large Company of the Year Finalists

Aphria

Fortis Group

Highbury Canco Corporation

 

Innovation Award Finalists

Inspire HUB Technologies Inc.

K3D Inc.

Ro-Matt International Inc.

 

Tourism & Hospitality Award Finalists

Food & Beverage (F&B)

The Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast

Smashed Apple Catering Inc.

 

New Business of the Year Award Finalists

Exodus Escape Rooms

Thrive Benefits Group Inc.

Wolfhead Distillery Inc.

 

Pillars of our Community Award

Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario

Transition to Betterness

Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society

 

 

Dan Gemus Real Estate team one of Canada’s “75 Top Heavy Hitters”

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

A local real estate office has achieved an honour as they were named one of the top “75 Heavy Hitters Who Create and Shape Canada’s Real Estate Market.”

The Dan Gemus Real Estate Team were named to the list, put out by Real Estate Professional magazine, and it is an honour Gemus is not taking lightly.

“We’re so honoured and humbled to have made the 75 Top Heavy Hitters in the country list,” said Gemus. “It’s a testament to all of the hard work everyone has put into making sure we create a different and unique experience for our clients.”

The honour took Gemus and his team by surprise.

“We didn’t see it coming! We were apparently nominated by other realtors across the country!” he said.

Gemus added that they are always looking to “push the envelope” with technology to market their listings.

“Hosting The Dan Gemus Real Estate Show every week on AM800 has also brought us tons of opportunities and the ability to share our thoughts and insights on this ever changing real estate market!” he added.

Gemus said it appears as though they were the only company that made the list in all of southwestern Ontario. All the other nominees were in the GTA area along with Quebec and British Columbia, he stated.

“That raises the bar even higher for us,” said Gemus.

The Dan Gemus Real Estate Team is always looking to be different, he added, whether it be in the processes they use in their Richmond St. office or the marketing and systems used for their listings and buyers.

Dan Gemus, Andrew Paper, Courtney Bondy, Lisa Vandermuren and Joyce Blackmere pose for a photo at Dan Gemus Real Estate Team headquarters in Amherstburg.  The team was listed as one of the “75 Heavy Hitters Who Create and Shape Canada’s Real Estate Market” by Real Estate Professional Magazine.

Dan Gemus, Andrew Paper, Courtney Bondy, Lisa Vandermuren and Joyce Blackmere pose for a photo at Dan Gemus Real Estate Team headquarters in Amherstburg. The team was listed as one of the “75 Heavy Hitters Who Create and Shape Canada’s Real Estate Market” by Real Estate Professional Magazine.

“We’ve actually invested heavily in our media and marketing departments. We have video and audio production studios and staff on site. This allows us to focus heavily on video production to advertise our listings and inform the community about the market and upcoming local events,” Gemus stated. “You’ll often see the team devote it’s production abilities to local charities and events. We strongly believe in our community and we’re always looking to give back to the those who have helped us create what we’ve had the privilege to create!”

Gemus added: “Everyone feels a sense of pride when receiving these accolades. Every time we get recognized it reminds the team how important it is to do the best possible and to keep pushing the envelope!”

REP’s 2017 Hotlist consists of 75 of the most influential developers, brokers, executives, government officials and professionals working in the Canadian real estate today. Their dedication has pushed them to the forefront of the business landscape—entitling them to be the movers and shakers of this competitive and diverse marketplace.

“The heart, blood, bones and nerves of this mammoth business are these professionals who create the products and the environment that make a real estate agent’s job possible,” said Clay Jarvis, REP journalist. “Many of these faces will never appear on a billboard, but their efforts, innovative thinking and dedication have pushed them to become the best in their chosen areas of expertise.”

For the full report see issue 3.02 of Real Estate Professional, out now or view the list online at www.whichmortgage.ca/leading-mortgage-professionals/rep-hot-list-2017.

First annual “Country at Heart” fundraiser sells out

 

By Jolene Perron

 

While the crowd at Sprucewood may have shown up with a little dirt on their boots Saturday night, they certainly danced the dust right off at the first annual Country at Heart event raising money for Windsor Regional Hospital’s ICU unit.

Each year, the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team holds a fundraiser for the Windsor Regional Hospital ICU unit. Gemus’ wife Nicole is an ICU nurse, and he said there are many galas raising money for different parts of the hospital on a regular basis, and they do amazing things. However, he said the ICU is one unit that doesn’t get as much support as the other areas of the hospital.

Ashley Lynn & The Spurs perform at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery as part of Saturday night’s “Country at Heart” fundraiser event. Proceeds went to Windsor Regional Hospital’s ICU unit.

Ashley Lynn & The Spurs perform at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery as part of Saturday night’s “Country at Heart” fundraiser event. Proceeds went to Windsor Regional Hospital’s ICU unit.

“The last three years, the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team hosted a charity yard sale and we loved it, it was a huge success, so much so that it outgrew us,” said Gemus. “Over the last three years, we raised over $25,000 with that charity yard sale. The issue was that it was so labor intensive and required 300 plus man hours per year to make it all happen so we looked for something that was different, that didn’t take as much time from the team.”

Gemus said the idea of a gala came about, but he strived to do something different, something more relaxed and a bit more fun. Being country music fans themselves, they decided to throw a country hoedown at Sprucewood, where Gemus and his wife already had good rapport, having been married at the winery in 2009. Sprucewood’s brand new event hall was even more perfect, already showcasing their country theme, and in support of the event, Sprucewood offered a reduced rate to help the team raise more money with less overhead costs.

“We sold out at 250, that’s what the venue holds, that’s the one thing that we were afraid of, the buzz of the event was huge from the get go and so we knew there would only be select tickets and what can you do, you have to cap it somewhere,” said Gemus. “We had people lined up to come in tonight, and we’re hoping that next year we can do this again. We’re already planning Country at Heart 2018.”

Janice Dawson, vice president of critical care and cardiology at Windsor Regional Hospital attended the event Saturday night, and was very impressed.

The “Country at Heart” fundraiser, held at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery, was organized by the Dan Gemus Real Estate team.

The “Country at Heart” fundraiser, held at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery, was organized by the Dan Gemus Real Estate team.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have Dan Gemus and his team, and all the sponsors tonight over the past few years, do some events and be able to contribute to the hospital,” said Dawson. “It is very much appreciated and is just a fantastic thing that they’re doing. The event is fantastic, it’s such a fun atmosphere, it’s very casual, I can see everyone is having a great time. The food was fantastic and I’m looking forward to coming for the next few years.”
Dawson explained the contributions raised Saturday would be going towards refurbishing the critical care program’s ICU waiting area at Windsor Regional Hospital’s Metropolitan campus. It will allow the families of patients to be able to rest in a more comfortable waiting area and be able to regroup and get away from some of the more stressful things they are experiencing with their loved ones being in the critical care unit.

Gemus said since the day he started his real estate career in 2009 with Remax, to the day he and his team moved on to open their own business in the heart of Amherstburg, and even during the purchase of Duby’s Home Centre in January 2016, the community has always been so supportive and they want to do anything and everything to give the support back.

“It’s been so much work leading up to it, and it’s always stressful, with the planning and everything but lucky for us, my wife and Lisa took care of a lot of the organization tonight, the decorating was all them,” said Gemus. “It all came together really nicely. Everyone is having a ball, everyone is loving it which is huge, and we’ve already got lots of ideas for next year.”