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Ramsey announces $41K in funding to support regional camp

 

By Jonathan Martin

Member of Parliament Tracey Ramsey has announced that the federal government has pledged to put $41,357 toward hiring 12 summer student councillors at Kiwanis Sunshine Point Camp.

Ramsey made the announcement Saturday night at the second annual Realtors Giving Back Wine & Food Extravaganza. The dinner and show was a fund raiser for the camp, which hosts economically disadvantaged youths between the ages of 7-14 for one week each summer. The camp covers some or all of the costs associated with attendance for more than half the campers.

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey announces over $41,000 in federal funding for the hiring of a dozen summer student counsellors at the Kiwanis Sunshine Point camp. It was part of the Realtors Giving Back Wine & Food Extravaganza Saturday night at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey announces over $41,000 in federal funding for the hiring of a dozen summer student counsellors at the Kiwanis Sunshine Point camp. It was part of the Realtors Giving Back Wine & Food Extravaganza Saturday night at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

Ramsey said the federal boon is part of the Canada Summer Jobs 2017 program, which provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. The funding is meant to be used to hire students between the ages of 15 and 30 during the summer, provided the students will be returning to school the following semester.

“I’m really thrilled to be a part of these events,” said Ramsey. “I went (to Kiwanis camp) as a kid and I know how amazing the experience attending it can be.”

“Many of these kids have never left the city of Windsor,” said event host Dan Inverarity. “It’s an eye-opening experience for them. They look up at night and can not believe how many stars are out there.”

In recent years, the camp has been suffering through financial turmoil. According to numbers released by fund raising organizers, it needs $150,000 per year to keep its doors open.

An Elvis tribute artist performs at Saturday night’s Realtors Giving Back Wine & Food Extravaganza. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

An Elvis tribute artist performs at Saturday night’s Realtors Giving Back Wine & Food Extravaganza. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

Each child’s admission costs around $350. This year, Inverarity said the camp hopes to host 420 children, many of whom will come from the Children’s Aid Society. He said after Saturday night, they are right on target.

“Local realtors are incredibly generous people,” he said. “With their help and the help of Tracey Ramsey, it looks like we will be able to run a full camp. All together, they donated more over $30,000.”

Inverarity added that this year, Kiwanis hopes to host some of Windsor’s growing refugee population.

“We want to show them how incredible our community is,” he said. “We want them to feel like they are a part of it.”

Inverarity said he is excited to show Windsor’s refugees just how much fun a Canadian summer can be.

Local real estate office giving back through country concert

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

A local real estate office is giving back to the Windsor-Essex County community through a country music concert in April.

The Dan Gemus Real Estate Team is hosting “Country at Heart,” featuring the music of Adam Butcher as well as Ashley Lynn & The Spurs. It will be held at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery April 22.

“The Dan Gemus Real Estate Team is always looking to give back to the community that’s been so great to us,” explained Gemus. “The last three years, our team hosted a huge indoor charity yard sale. Those events raised over $25,000 over those three years. But, as fun as those events were on the day of the sales, people didn’t see the hundreds and hundreds of man hours spent by the members of our team to collect and organize the items. The team had even purchased a tractor trailer to help store the collections!”

Dan Gemus concert

Gemus said after much discussion, the team decided to change focus this year to an event that would raise even more funds and not require as many man hours along the way.

Thus, the “Country At Heart” event was born!

“We all love supporting the large charity galas throughout the year. Our goal for this event was not only to have that large event but to have more of a relaxed party feel,” said Gemus. “’Country at Heart’ is basically a large country bash! Jeans and cowboy boots are encouraged! Chicken and ribs will be served off of a 22-foot barbecue grill. It will also feature a backed potato bar, smores bar, candy table and tons more!”

Gemus added: “We have an amazing group of super caring members on the Dan Gemus Team. Everyone is always looking to lend a helping hand anytime we hear of someone in need. Hosting a yearly event is something that we all look forward to every year!”

The real estate team decided to donate its proceeds from the concert to the Windsor Regional Hospital intensive care unit because “we were looking to support a cause that touched as many lives as possible. We also wanted a cause that didn’t have any other large fundraiser events hosted for it on a regular basis. My wife Nicole also happens to be an RN in the ICU department. The unit is always looking for extra equipment etc. We thought it was a worthwhile cause!”

Butcher will play an acoustic set during the VIP sponsor cocktail portion along with the first hour or so of the regular event. Later in the evening Ashley Lynn & The Spurs will headline the party.

“They’ll have everyone up and dancing on their feet all night long!” said Gemus.

Sprucewood has room for 250 guests and Gemus said it is anticipated the event will sell out soon after tickets go on sale to the public March 6. He said guests are expected from all over Windsor-Essex County.

“We would like to thank all of our amazing sponsors. This event couldn’t have happened without every single one of them,” Gemus added. “We started planning this event knowing we were working with a very aggressive timeline for this first annual event. The sponsors stepped up in a huge way and it’s so much appreciated!”

If anyone is interested in sponsoring the event or wanting more information they can call the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team at 519-566-5565 or visit the event website at www.countryatheart.ca.