River Lights presents dinner fundraiser, receives cheque from another fundraiser

 

River Lights FundraisersBy Ron Giofu

 

The River Lights Winter Festival committee held one fundraiser Friday night and accepted the cheque from another.

Over 120 people attended a turkey dinner held at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157, a number which pleased organizers, but it was a $4,000 figure from a recent ’70’s and ’80’s themed dinner dance at the Verdi Club which really provided a highlight.

Verdi Club board member Lucio Salvati was on hand for Friday night’s dinner at the Legion and presented the $4,000 cheque from the fundraiser held last month. The Verdi Club event attracted over 350 people. River Lights committee chair Rennie Rota and festival administrator Karen Gyorgy accepted the cheque on behalf of River Lights.

Rota said they were approached by Salvati asking if they were interested in another fundraiser. The committee jumped at the opportunity.

“It was really a lot of fun,” Rota said of the Verdi Club event.

Rota believed the festival is progressing well.

“It’s great for economic development but it’s great for the heart,” he told the crowd at the Legion. “This town is incredible. “I think we all feel the momentum. When we have special events or festivals, we do it better than anyone else.”

Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce (ACOC) president Ray Bezaire and wife Lori were credited by Rota for helping to bring the festival to the town’s north and south gateways. River Lights operates under the umbrella of the ACOC.

Gyorgy said the support of the businesses is welcomed by River Lights, who in turn encourage people to shop local. The number of new displays this year has grown to a dozen, she added, and told the crowd they were a big reason for why the festival keeps growing.

“I think this is our best year yet,” said Gyorgy.

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