“Realtors Giving Back” aids Kiwanis Sunshine Point Camp with $32K

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A Saturday night fundraiser has brought in over $32,000 in an effort to assist the Kiwanis Sunshine Point Camp in Oxley.

“Realtors Giving Back” was held at Cooper’s Hawk Winery in Harrow with a healthy portion of the $32,000 raised coming from an Amherstburg real estate agent. Dan Gemus of the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team presented a cheque for $9,004 with all of those proceeds to be designated to the Kiwanis Sunshine Point Camp.

Gemus’ team raised the money at their third annual yard sale, which was held April 2 in Windsor.

 Dan Inverarity (left), a realtor and campaign co-chair for the Kiwanis Sunshine Point Camp, accepts a cheque from Dan Gemus for $9,004 during a “Realtors Giving Back”  dinner in Harrow Saturday night. Gemus’ proceeds came from a yard sale his real estate team held April 2. Saturday night’s event raised over $32,000.

Dan Inverarity (left), a realtor and campaign co-chair for the Kiwanis Sunshine Point Camp, accepts a cheque from Dan Gemus for $9,004 during a “Realtors Giving Back”dinner in Harrow Saturday night. Gemus’ proceeds came from a yard sale his real estate team held April 2. Saturday night’s event raised over $32,000.

“It went amazing, the best turnout ever,” said Gemus. “It was absolutely outstanding. The support from the community was something we’ve never seen before.”

It was the third year for the yard sale with proceeds climbing every year. It raised $4,000 in the first year, $6,000 in the second and $9,004 this year.

“It was incredible,” he said. “It has built a name for itself. People come every year.”

Gemus said his team put in roughly 300 man-hours putting the sale together between setting it up and collecting donations. He said they will likely put on smaller events next year.

“We want to be involved in the community. We love it,” he said.

Dan Inverarity, a Windsor realtor, has helped lead fundraising efforts in recent years not only to save the Kiwanis Sunshine Point Camp, but to operate it every summer. Saturday night’s dinner went better than expected, he explained.

“We were expecting 80-100 people and we got 150,” he said.

Inverarity, who is also a board member and campaign chair with the camp, said the event will likely be an annual event. The money helps send underprivileged children to the camp and they hope to have 300 kids there this year. There were 280 that attended the camp in 2015.

Approximately 150 people attended the "Realtors Giving Back" fundraising dinner at Cooper's Hawk Winery April 9. Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo and Essex Mayor Ron McDermott were among the attendees.

Approximately 150 people attended the “Realtors Giving Back” fundraising dinner at Cooper’s Hawk Winery April 9. Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo and Essex Mayor Ron McDermott were among the attendees.

There was a group of ten realtors from Windsor-Essex County that sponsored Saturday night’s dinner, including Inverarity, Gemus, Sue Reaume, Kathy Talbot, Barb Manery, Meghan Boschin, Robert and Angela Laba, John D’Alimonte and Kim Wheeler. Inverarity noted that when he approached D’Alimonte, his support was given without hesitation and he even suggested other realtors that could help out.

The camp has a capacity to accommodate 420 children and Inverarity said they would like to see that filled in 2017. There is also a goal to build one new cabin per year with Scott and Terri Waters and Gord Nascimento of Harrow Home Hardware volunteering to donate the wood during Saturday night’s dinner.

The Kiwanis Sunshine Point Camp is located on Lake Erie with the mandate to provide all children with the ability to go to camp. Over 35,000 underprivileged children have gone to the camp since it first opened in 1947. The camp works with the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society to provide opportunities for children with many having their costs covered 100 per cent. The cost to keep the camp open is $150,000 annually.

For more on the camp, visit www.kiwanissunshinepointcamp.com, www.facebook.com/kiwaniswindsor camp or call 519-919-9339.

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