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Fundraiser for family of Adam Pouget being held Friday night

 

The fundraiser for the family of Adam Pouget is fast approaching.

The event, being presented by Liuna 625, is entitled “Adam’s Eve” and is being presented Friday night in the Libro Centre’s indoor soccer arena. It benefits Pouget’s wife Ashley Dupuis and their children. Pouget was killed after being struck by a vehicle Nov. 17 as he was either walking or skateboarding to work along Simcoe St. between Meloche Road and Concession 4 South.

The event runs between 7-11 p.m.

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Live music will be performed by Jody Raffoul. There will also be hors d’oeuvres and beverages served Friday night.

A silent auction will also be presented in order to raise funds for the family.

There is also a GoFundMe page set up where people can make online donations. It can be found at www.gofundme.com/adams-eve.

Tickets for the “Adam’s Eve” fundraiser are $10 per person and will be available at the door Friday night.

Western Secondary’s “Pumpkinfest” a hit again this year

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A tradition over three decades old continued last weekend at Western Secondary School and it appears to have been a hit once again.

Western’s annual “Pumpkinfest” was held with a packed house of vendors, artists and the general public turning out. Samantha Thomas, a teacher at Western Secondary, said the event started long before she began teaching at the school 22 years ago.

This year’s event went “really well,” she stated.

Andrew Wiebe stands with some of his artwork that he had for sale on the weekend at Western Secondary School. Wiebe was one of 110 vendors that participated at Western’s annual “Pumpkinfest” fundraiser. Proceeds benefit student activities at the school.

Andrew Wiebe stands with some of his artwork that he had for sale on the weekend at Western Secondary School. Wiebe was one of 110 vendors that participated at Western’s annual “Pumpkinfest” fundraiser. Proceeds benefit student activities at the school.

“We are full of vendors and it looks like full of customers as well,” said Thomas, during the two-day event.

Pumpkinfest started out as an auction, she said, and evolved into a craft show. A total of 110 vendors participated both Saturday and Sunday and Thomas added there is a waiting list of vendors wanting to get in next year.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser. All the proceeds go towards student activities,” said Thomas.

The event typically raises about $7,000 from the vendors but booths run by different departments generate additional revenue, she added.

“Every department is making money,” said Thomas.

The majority of students helped in some way, she added, whether it be in one of the booths, selling their own artwork, volunteering to collect canned goods, directing traffic in the parking lot, setting up tables or performing another necessary project to ensure the event ran smoothly.

Lexie Fraser and Nathan Bezaire sell coffee and treats during Pumpkinfest at Western Secondary School.

Lexie Fraser and Nathan Bezaire sell coffee and treats during Pumpkinfest at Western Secondary School.

“They see the school in a different light. That’s the part I like,” said Thomas.

Andrew Wiebe was one of the students that participated as he was selling some of the paintings he has created over the years. Wiebe, 16, estimated he sold about a dozen paintings. He has been painting since he was seven-years-old.

“It’s relaxing, it’s fun,” said Wiebe. “If there is a picture I like, I’ll paint it.”

Other Western students were busy collecting cans and donations for area food banks, as well as their school. Two of those students included Duncan Phelps and Hailey Hunter with Phelps working at his fifth Pumpkinfest and Hunter at her first.

“It’s packed,” said Hunter, of the amount of people that came into the school.

Phelps said that while the cans will go to food banks, monetary donations assist the school’s adaptive and food programs.

Duncan Phelps and Hailey Hunter collected  donations near the entrance to Pumpkinfest.

Duncan Phelps and Hailey Hunter collected
donations near the entrance to Pumpkinfest.

Both Phelps and Hunter said they liked the social aspect of the event as well, with Phelps stating he gets to reconnect with people.

“I like it because I can say hello to a lot of people,” he said.

“You can see a lot of people you haven’t seen for a while,” added Hunter, adding it is a good way to get volunteer hours towards graduation as well.

One of the vendors from the community was Kelly O’Rourke, who brought her work from her “Lake Bottom Art” creations.

“I’ve never been here before so it’s neat to be here,” said O’Rourke.

The gymnasium (pictured) and hallways at Western Secondary School were busy Oct. 29-30 as the school's annual Pumpkinfest was held.

The gymnasium (pictured) and hallways at Western Secondary School were busy Oct. 29-30 as the school’s annual Pumpkinfest was held.

It was only the third show for O’Rourke, with Art by the River being her first. She heard good things about Pumpkinfest so she decided to contact Western Secondary and go to the school.

“It’s great cause as well,” she said.

Lake Bottom Art is new, O’Rourke added, “but it’s a lot of fun. You collect all the glass and all of the stones and then you have to come up with a design.”

2nd Amherstburg Scouting holding “Apple Day” this Saturday

 

Be prepared to see the 2nd Amherstburg Beavers, Cubs and Scouts out and around town with baskets full of juicy red apples this Saturday!

The boys and girls will brave the cold and chilly temperatures (or spring-like and balmy) accepting donations for freshly picked apples.

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from 2nd Amherstburg Scouting will be at local retailers this Saturday for Apple Day. The group were out at Wagner’s Orchards in Lakeshore picking the apples last week.

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from 2nd Amherstburg Scouting will be at local retailers this Saturday for Apple Day. The group were out at Wagner’s Orchards in Lakeshore picking the apples last week.

The beavers and cubs were out at Wagner’s Orchards in Lakeshore last Tuesday climbing ladders and picking apples just for Apple Day! Everyone had a great time and ended the day with apple cider and cookies. A special thank you to Wagner’s Orchards for donating all of the apples.

On Saturday the kids will be out at some of our local stores including Sobeys, No Frills, Dollarama, TD Bank, Canadian Tire, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Wigle’s Gourmet Meats and Deli. Thank you for letting us stay in front of your stores! I know it will be really hard to resist their smiling faces as they ask, “Would you like a sweet delicious apple?”

Thank you to everyone for considering a donation! 100% of the money stays local with 2nd Amherstburg Scouting and helps to offset the cost of camp, crafts, equipment, sporting goods, etc. We look forward to seeing you out in the community! Hopefully you will see us running around during the River Lights Festival, caroling for seniors, collecting canned goods, and cleaning up our community parks.

We are also wrapping up our Scouts Canada Popcorn drive. For those of you who are interested in a great Christmas present idea or even a little self indulgence please email 2ndamherstburgscouting@gmail.com for more information or to place an order.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

2nd Amherstburg has had an active scouting group since 1928 and is the second oldest group in Essex County. This year Amherstburg Scouting has a Beaver Colony (boys and girls ages 5-7), a Cub Pack (boys and girls ages 8-10), and a Scout Troop (boys and girls ages 11-14).

Kickoff held for September fundraiser benefiting local autistic boy

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Nearly 40 people gathered Sunday afternoon at the Verdi Club all to plan a benefit to help a local boy with autism.

Two-year-old Myles Heinrichs will be the subject of a Sept. 18 fundraiser at the Verdi Club with the aim to raise at least $57,000 to help fund Myles’ treatment at a school in Windsor. His parents, Christina and Tim Heinrichs, currently pay out-of-pocket for his treatment with Christina stating it costs them $1,200 every two weeks. She is a stay-at-home mother of two while Tim is employed as a mechanic.

“We’re running out of money,” she said.

Christina said Myles attends the Therapeutic Learning Centre at the corner of Erie St. and Parent Ave. in Windsor.

“They just opened in January,” she said. “Myles was diagnosed in October.”

The fundraiser is being spearheaded by members of the Heinrichs and Menna families with Rosemary Menna, chair of the organizing committee stating in a letter to service clubs that: “The program that Myles is presently attending is entitled IBI (Intensive Behaviour Intervention) which is an intensive, comprehensive treatment strategy designed for young children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is used to teach new skills and behaviours to children with autism. The goal is to help children catch up developmentally to peers their own age.”

Two-year-old Myles Heinrichs will be the subject of a Sept. 18 benefit at the Verdi Club.

Two-year-old Myles Heinrichs will be the subject of a Sept. 18 benefit at the Verdi Club.

The fundraising benefit will help the family pay for Myles’ schooling until he is accepted in the provincially funded program. Christina said they want to obtain provincial funding as soon as possible, but they were able to get on the waiting list in February. It could take 12-18 months before the family is accepted.

Christina added that not only is the schooling expensive, but they still have other expenses like clothes, a mortgage and food to look after.

Marc Gomes, a friend of the family, called young Myles “an inspiration in many ways.

“He’s got a heart of gold,” said Gomes. “He’s just a wonderful child.”

Joe Menna, a third cousin to Myles, noted the meeting Sunday at the Verdi Club was the third meeting and was the largest yet. They obtained just over $2,000 in donations, but still want to get to $57,000 as that would pay for his schooling for one year.

They hope to sell 600 tickets, Menna added, and are planning the Sept. 18 fundraising benefit as “a family event.”

Sarah Garnet, a great-aunt to Myles, said children have a “God-given right to express themselves and advocate for themselves.” The treatment Myles has received thus far has allowed him to do that.

One of the donors was Audrey Festeryga, who donated on behalf of her law firm. The former federal Liberal candidate said her family has friends that have a child with autism.

“We were really touched by what this family is trying to do,” she said. “We are honoured to be able to help kick off this event. We are pleased to see the efforts moving forward. Change can happen when a common goal is put into place.”

Those wishing to contribute to the Myles Heinrichs Autism Fund are invited to make donations. Cheques should be payable to the Myles Heinrichs Autism Fund at 10 Laird Ave. North, Amherstburg, Ontario N9V 2T6.

The fundraiser is that Sunday at the Verdi Club from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with children’s activities from 12 noon-2 p.m. The buffet dinner is pasta, chicken, salad, coffee and tea.

Tickets are $50 for adults, which Menna said translates into one hour of treatment, with children 7-12 being $7. Children ages six and under are free. There will be prizes and entertainment.

For tickets, call Rose and John Menna at 519-736-6934 or Helen and Bill Henrichs at 519-733-6062.

Soles4Souls campaign concludes with over 2,000 pairs collected

 

 

Kayla Fiala received the help of Re/Max realtor Brad Bondy and some of her friends during her Soles4Soles campaign. Fiala raised the 2,000 pairs of shoes she was hoping for. From left: Bondy, Kayla Fiala, Jenna Fiala, Nathan Salvati, Michael Nasello, Joshua Heymans.

Kayla Fiala received the help of Re/Max realtor Brad Bondy and some of her friends during her Soles4Soles campaign. Fiala raised the 2,000 pairs of shoes she was hoping for. From left: Bondy, Kayla Fiala, Jenna Fiala, Nathan Salvati, Michael Nasello, Joshua Heymans.

By Ron Giofu

 

Kayla Fiala accomplished her goal and people in underprivileged countries will be the beneficiaries.

Fiala, a Grade 12 student at General Amherst High School, surpassed her target in the Soles4Souls campaign she started last November. With the help of local Re/Max realtor Brad Bondy, she took her collection of shoes to Mississauga on the weekend so they can be taken to where they are needed. Mississauga is where one of the Soles4Souls head offices is located.

“I collected over 2,000 pairs of shoes,” said Fiala. “I’m pretty excited about that. They’ll be shipped to all parts of the world to help people in need.”

Among the organizations and businesses that helped Fiala with the Soles4Souls campaign were the Amherstburg Police Service, Little Buddies Day Care, Gumballs and Overalls, Capri Pizza, Anderdon Day Care, Hidden Treasures, The Kids Shoppe, Rotary LaSalle, L.A Hairstyles, Seasons Amherstburg, Bright Child Montessori, Ambiance Hair Design, the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Tire Amherstburg, the Libro Centre and General Amherst High School.

Kayla Fiala's Soles4Soles campaign resulted in a lot of support from her school and the community, which included the General Amherst girls hockey team.

Kayla Fiala’s Soles4Soles campaign resulted in a lot of support from her school and the community, which included the General Amherst girls hockey team.

Fiala added she is grateful to everyone that donated to her drive. In addition to the satisfaction of being able to help others, Fiala is hopeful of gaining a scholarship through her efforts. She admitted there were points where she was unsure if she would be able to reach her target of 2,000 pairs of shoes.

“I didn’t think I’d be able but I did so I’m happy about it,” she said.

Bondy said he got involved when Fiala called the office and sought assistance. He offered use of a trailer he uses for business and that is what was used to transport the shoes to Mississauga.

“I love being part of the community,” said Bondy. “Amherstburg and Essex County have been very good to me over the years. I love giving back.”

Soles4Souls is a not-for-profit organization that helps donate shoes to people in poor countries. Since 2006, Soles4Souls has collected and distributed 26-million pairs of new shoes to those in need in 127 countries around the world.