Linda Jackson

Sold out crowd “puts on the ritz” for Belle Vue

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A sold out crowd was at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery Sunday evening for a five-course meal, fashion show and more all to help restore the historic Belle Vue house.

The Belle Vue Conservancy presented its “Puttin’ on the Ritz” gala with 185 tickets sold for the event. Early estimates have the event raising over $25,000.

“We’re just so grateful for everyone coming out to support the Belle Vue initiative. We can’t believe how many people have responded positively to our initiative and to our gala,” said conservancy member Linda Jackson, who also chaired the gala committee.

Nancy Greenaway was one of the models during Sunday evening’s fashion show that was featured as part of the “Puttin’ on the Ritz” fashion gala at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery. It was a fundraiser for the Belle Vue Conservancy.

Jackson thanked the sponsors, including elite level sponsor Elite K9 Kennels. Gold sponsors were Desjardins Financial Security, Dollars & Cents Investments and Bellavance Nursery and Landscaping while the Cole Clinic, Amherstburg GMC Buick, Seasons Amherstburg and Bornais Insurance were silver sponsors.

“The appeal is it’s a wonderful venue and we hope people came out to raise money for the Belle Vue national historic site,” Jackson said at Sunday’s gala.

Jackson also credited Natalia Bezzoubkin of A La Mode and Peter Leardi of 67 Richmond St. for aiding with the evening’s fashion show while Renee King-Jackson, Michael Karloff and Michael Karoub provided musical entertainment. Smashed Apple Gourmet Catering prepared the five-course meal. She also thanked Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery for going “out of their way to help us.”

Lynne Fox takes her turn down the runway at the “Puttin’ on the Ritz” gala Sept. 24.

The Belle Vue Conservancy has people with numerous backgrounds helping out, she added.

“We work very diligently, we work very hard for Belle Vue,” stated Jackson. “We are fortunate in our conservancy to have a diversity of people.”

Shirley Curson-Prue, conservancy president and gala co-chair, called it a “fabulous” turnout.

Renee King-Jackson performs at “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

“We’re trying to get into as many demographics as possible,” said Curson-Prue.

Curson-Prue said they want to involve more people as they continue to raise money.

Michael Prue, treasurer of the conservancy, said the community has pulled together for Belle Vue.

“I’m so proud of the community. I’m so proud of the people that are coming together for the house,” said Prue.

Among the attendees at last Sunday night’s gala were Cal Parent, Jack Edwards, Sandra Edwards and Linda Parent.

Prue said they are about one-third of the way to their $1 million goal and said the community is “helping us make a crown jewel for Amherstburg.”

To donate, visit www.bellevueconservancy.com or www.amherstburg.ca/donate.

Seasons chips in with donation to Belle Vue

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

Seasons Amherstburg has done its part to try and restore the 200-year-old Belle Vue property.

The local retirement home presented the Belle Vue Conservancy a cheque for $811 last Friday afternoon. Linda Jackson, chair of the conservancy’s corporate outreach, said it is a national historic site that is two centuries old and that Seasons has helped out in the past.

Jackson pointed out that Robert and Debra Honor, also conservancy members, have presented information sessions at Seasons regarding the Belle Vue property. She added Seasons is a silver sponsor for the Sept. 24 “Puttin’ on the Ritz” gala being held for Belle Vue at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery.

Staff and residents from Seasons present a cheque for $811 to the Belle Vue Conservancy and Amherstburg Community Foundation last Friday afternoon.

Staff and residents from Seasons present a cheque for $811 to the Belle Vue Conservancy and Amherstburg Community Foundation last Friday afternoon.

“We can’t thank you enough for all of your help,” Jackson told Seasons staff.

Rick Daly, manager of programming and development with the town of Amherstburg, represented the Amherstburg Community Foundation and thanked Seasons staff and residents for their generosity as well.

Heather Vandenham, leasing manager at Seasons Amherstburg, said the money was raised at the retirement community’s Canada Day festivities.

“There were raffles and donations made through that event,” said Vandenham.

Many Seasons residents remember Belle Vue from some of its former uses and they would like to see it used again.

“They grew up here,” she said. “They love this community as much as we do.”

Seasons also tries to keep history alive through its residents, Vandenham added, and that residents want to keep history alive in Amherstburg.

To make a donation, people can visit www.amherstburg.ca/donate.

Belle Vue gardens get face-lift last weekend

 

By Jolene Perron

When word about the Communities in Bloom judges coming to Amherstburg spread, the Belle Vue Conservancy put the call out to gather the troops and clean up the historical site.

“Belle Vue is on the tour,” explained chair of cooperate outreach for the Belle Vue Conservancy Linda Jackson. “So consequently we need to make a showing and this is the town’s property. We reached out to people like Maxine and the Horticultural Society and this is the end result, I can not believe what is happening here. We are trying to do as much as we can, focusing on the front first and getting rid of all the weeds, all the overgrowth.”

The Belle Vue Conservancy and Horticultural Society of Amherstburg banded together over the weekend to clean up the outside of Belle Vue.

The Belle Vue Conservancy and Horticultural Society of Amherstburg banded together over the weekend to clean up the outside of Belle Vue.

Jackson explained she called the Horticultural Society of Amherstburg’s treasurer Maxine Iler on Wednesday, and by Saturday morning they had an army of people ready to get to work, weeding, cleaning, trimming and spreading mulch at the Belle Vue property.

Gyori Farms even donated six yards of mulch to help beautify the outside of the building.

Not only were members of the Belle Vue Conservancy on site on the weekend, but members of Amherstburg’s Horticultural Society also came out to help clean up the site.

Not only were members of the Belle Vue Conservancy on site on the weekend, but members of Amherstburg’s Horticultural Society also came out to help clean up the site.

“We just love to help do things that help to make this town more beautiful and this is certainly a great opportunity for us to do that,” said Iler. “We’re very happy to see all the people who came out, ready to help.”

They didn’t have any plans to plant anything yet. Jackson said the town has plans for Belle Vue in the future, so for now they just focused on cleaning up the outside of the building.

Not only were members of the Belle Vue Conservancy on site on the weekend, but members of Amherstburg’s Horticultural Society also came out to help clean up the site.

Not only were members of the Belle Vue Conservancy on site on the weekend, but members of Amherstburg’s Horticultural Society also came out to help clean up the site.

“Please get behind us and help us open Belle Vue’s doors again,” said Jackson. “That’s what it’s all about, honestly.”

For those interested in learning more about the Belle Vue project, visit www.bellevueconservancy.com. To donate, visit www.amherstburg.ca/donate.

Belle Vue in running to win $40K in “This Place Matters” contest

 

Special to the RTT

Belle Vue is in the running to win $40,000 in “This Place Matters” Competition

The competition is heating up!

“To everyone who has shown support for Belle Vue, the 200 year old National Historic Site in Amherstburg, now is the time to step up and Vote! Vote! Vote!” urges Linda Jackson, Chair of corporate outreach for the Belle Vue Conservancy.

Here are the Conservancy’s most recent standings:

Second place in the generic vote section, these are the votes minus the number of dollars donated. They can win $10,000 for the most generic votes.

Second place in the Central Region for total votes. Should they win in this category they will add $30,000 to their coffers to help restore Belle Vue.

Belle Vue, circa 1984

Belle Vue, circa 1984

This is how you can help:

Both generic votes and donations drive this contest.

Simply register your e-mail address at www.thisplacematters.ca and vote every 24 hours for ‘Belle Vue House – A clear view for the future’. Once registered, add any additional emails you have and vote every 24 hours using multiple emails.

Ask others to register and vote. Voting is free. With every vote watch the count rise!

Share on Facebook and any social sites you have encouraging others to vote. Link is https://thisplacematters.ca/

You can also boost the count by donating. For each dollar that you donate you will purchase one vote for Belle Vue. $1 = 1 vote. Tax donation receipts are issued automatically and sent to your email. All monies raised from donations are returned to Belle Vue at the end of the competition less a National Trust administration fee.

Belle Vue, modern day

Belle Vue, modern day

This is the last week of competition. The contest ends July 17 at 12 noon.

“This is a prestigious nation-wide competition put on by The National Trust for Canada. It involves 25 vetted participants all across Canada.” says Jackson. “Let’s show our pride in Windsor and Essex County by providing support for our National Historic Treasure, Belle Vue.”

For additional information regarding Belle Vue please visit the Conservancy at www.bellevueconservancy.com.