Community rallies behind Brandon Salisbury with benefit dinner


By Joel Charron

Brandon Salisbury has every right to feel alone in this world.

At age four he lost his biological mother and last month he lost his father, Cory Salisbury and step mother Beverly Hamilton in a tragic fire on Richmond Street.

Needless to say, this 14-year-old has had a rough go in life, however this past Sunday the community rallied around Salisbury to show him that people care and he is not alone.

A benefit dinner was held in Salisbury’s honour at Shooter’s Roadhouse with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the 14-year-old.


Brandon Salisbury (left) stands with Sam Sleiman amongst the donated door prizes. Salisbury said it was very comforting to see people come out and support him

“This tragedy hit our community really hard,” said benefit organizer Sam Sleiman.  “This poor kid has nothing. This is the third parent that he has lost already. We want to show him that the community is standing behind him and we don’t want him to go to any dark places.”

Sleiman said over 150 people attended the benefit dinner and raised over $10,000 for teenager.

“What ever he needs from now until he graduates school, this is all for him,” Sleiman added. “He has so much on his mind, he shouldn’t have to wonder what is he going to do for money.”

Tim Good, owner of Shooter’s Roadhouse said lending his establishment for the benefit was a no brainer for him.

“What happened to this young man is a tragedy,” Good said. “He’s a member of our community and I wanted to help him out.”

Good donated the food for the benefit as well as donated all sales between 2 p.m.- 8 p.m. The staff of Shooter’s also donated their time, as they worked for free during those hours.

Sleiman said a number of local businesses donated items for a raffle and silent auction.

“They all pulled together, it’s been a bit overwhelming,” said Sleiman. “Everybody has been more than generous. Everyone is here for the same reason.”

Sleiman praised the efforts of Thrasher’s Sales and Leasing, Canadian Tire, Briadco Fixtures and Shooter’s Roadhouse.

“Can’t say enough about what these businesses have done,” he said.

Salisbury is currently staying with relatives Dan and Deb McDonald.

The 14-year-old even made an appearance to thank those who came to show their support.

“It’s very comforting and relaxing knowing that there are this many people supporting me,” said Salisbury.

Salisbury said he has been trying to stay strong through out this tragic event but noted things are easier with support from his family and friends.

“I feel better everyday,” he said.

One response to “Community rallies behind Brandon Salisbury with benefit dinner”

  1. brandon s says:

    this is soo amazing im amazzed at how u guy deid this thank you for your support