A’Burg Heroes dinner raises $5,000

By Joel Charron

It is a night that all members of the Amherstburg Heroes Athletic Club look forward to all year long and Saturday night did not disappoint.

Cody LeClair, recipient of the Robert Pillon Memorial Award was given the award by Pillon’s brother, Richard and Ron Pillon

The Amherstburg Heroes Athletic Club held their Annual Robert Pillon Memorial Fundraising Dinner at the Knights of Columbus hall Saturday night.

Roughly 250 people packed the hall to help raise money for the Heroes, a group of special needs athletes who participate in basketball and other sports.

Proceeds from the dinner go towards purchasing equipment and uniforms, as well as paying for special events. These events include LaSalle Vipers hockey tickets, bowling trips and movie nights.

“The money raised from this night helps to keep us running all year long,” said co-founder of the Athletic Club, Michelle Jones-Rousseau.

Before dinner, Mayor Wayne Hurst presented The Amherstburg Heroes with a certificate.

“You are all role models in our community,” said Hurst. “You certainly have made a positive impact. We are proud of them, we respect them and we appreciate all that they do.”

Cody LeClair was the recipient of the 2011 Robert Pillon Memorial Award.

“We have watched him grow and he is the reason we put in the three pass rule,” joked Jones-Rousseau. “I’m so proud of him.”

Pillon’s brothers, Richard and Ron, presented the Robert Pillon Memorial Award to LeClair.

The Amherstburg Heroes also presented the Knights of Columbus and the Jones Group with honorary plaques.

The Heroes honoured the Knights of Columbus for their continual support.

“This is for everything you have ever done for us,” said Jones- Rousseau. “We really appreciate it. This night has kept us going for five years, and it’s all thanks to you.”

Knights of Columbus Advocate, Mike Specht accepted the award on behalf of the Knights of Columbus.

The Heroes also recognized the Jones Group.

“This company is a major sponsor of the Amherstburg Heroes and they have been so generous over the years,” said Amherstburg Police Chief Tim Berthiaume.

The Amherstburg Heroes Athletic Club took time to honour two groups that have helped them over the last few years. In photo: (L to R) Sr. Constable Mike Cox, Police Chief Tim Berthaiume, K of C adovcate Mike Specht, Jones Group owner Terry Jones, Kyle Jones and Michelle Jones-Rousseau.

Jones-Rousseau said the Jones Group recently purchased hoodie sweatshirts for the Athletic Club, which cost approximately $4,000. Terry Jones, owner of the Jones Group accepted the plaque.

With over 100 businesses donating items for door prizes and a room full of people purchasing 50/50 tickets, the dinner raised over $5,000, which will be matched by the Jones Group.

Lisa Jones, who was the winner of the 50/50 draw, donated the prize money back to the Heroes. The prize money totaled $567. Ed Faucher of the Big Creek Hunt Club also made a sigificant donation.

Jones-Rousseau said the Amherstburg Heroes are currently working with the town to erect a memorial in Pillion’s honor at the United Communities Credit Union Complex and will be making an announcement when details are finalized.

The Amherstburg Heroes Athletic Club plays basketball every Wednesday night in the General Amherst gymnasium. They currently have over 50 athletes and 15 volunteers.

One response to “A’Burg Heroes dinner raises $5,000”

  1. Coach Courtney says:

    Congrats Cody!! This was a great night for an even better cause. I am so proud to be a part of this organization. Congrats Hero’s!!!