House of Shalom Youth Centre keeps doors open Hawaiian-style

 

House of Shalom leader Amy Bailey carves the pig that was prepared by Creole's for Friday night's “Summer Smash Luau” fundraiser. The event, held at the Verdi Club, raised $1,064 and those proceeds will be used to fund operations of the House of Shalom Youth Centre.

House of Shalom leader Amy Bailey carves the pig that was prepared by Creole’s for Friday night’s “Summer Smash Luau” fundraiser. The event, held at the Verdi Club, raised $1,064 and those proceeds will be used to fund operations of the House of Shalom Youth Centre.

By Ron Giofu

 

The House of Shalom Youth Centre went Hawaiian last Friday night in an effort to pay for its programming and other expenses.

The House of Shalom’s annual fundraiser was a “Summer Smash Luau” this year with almost 100 people filing into the pavilion at the Verdi Club. Activities and events co-ordinator Rebecca Deline said  it was a fun way for leaders and members at the House of Shalom as well as the general public to get out, have some fun and raise some cash at the same time. Last Friday night’s fundraiser raised $1,064.

“Every year, we are trying something different and have some new themes,” she said.

Luau-goers enjoyed games and dancing as well as raffles but Deline said the pig roast dinner was the main event of the evening. Amherstburg business Creole’s Fruit Decor and Takeout provided the food for the evening.

“I think the big draw is the pig roast,” said Deline. “A lot of people were incredibly excited about that.”

With an old building and increased programming, Deline stated that means increased costs as well.

“We’re always looking for new ways to raise money to help keep our doors open,” she said.

The House of Shalom Youth Centre also is funded through United Way and Deline said those dollars are very much appreciated.

“We are very grateful to be funded in part by United Way,” she said.

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