Robert Pillon Memorial Dinner deemed huge success

 

By Joel Charron & Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Heroes Athletic Club honoured one of its current members while remembering one of its past members.

The Annual Robert Pillon Memorial Fundraising Dinner was held at the Knights of Columbus hall Saturday night.

Roughly 200 people packed the hall to help raise money for the Heroes, a group of special needs athletes who participate in basketball and other sports.

“This is our only fundraiser,” said co-founder of the Athletic Club, Michelle Jones-Rousseau.    “The money we raise tonight will keep us  afloat for the entire year.”

Jones-Rousseau said because of the money raised the club will be able to purchase new uniforms and equipment for the athletes.

The dinner is also a platform to announce the winner of the 2013 Robert Pillon Memorial Award.

The Robert Pillon Memorial Award, presented to the member of the Amherstburg Heroes Athletic Club that demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the program, was given to Jenna Bondy.

Bondy, who has been with the Heroes since the program’s inception, was pleasantly surprised to receive the honour.

The Robert Pillon Memorial Award was presented Saturday night at the Amherstburg K of C Hall to the Amherstburg Heroes athlete that shows outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the program. 2013 winner Jenna Bondy accepts the plaque from Ron Pillon (left) and his older brother Richard.

The Robert Pillon Memorial Award was presented Saturday night at the Amherstburg K of C Hall to the Amherstburg Heroes athlete that shows outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the program. 2013 winner Jenna Bondy accepts the plaque from Ron Pillon (left) and his older brother Richard.

“This is awesome,” said Bondy. “It’s amazing. I’m kind of stunned I got it. I was totally blindsided. Wow!”

“Jenna is very deserving of this award,” said Jones-Rousseau. “She’s always looking to help others. If it’s helping to tie someone’s shoes or getting basketballs, Jenna is always there.”

The award was presented by Pillon’s brothers Ron and Richard.

Co-founder of the Athletic Club, Sgt. Mike Cox said he is always amazed how the community supports the Amherstburg Heroes.

“What can you say?” said Cox. “There are 200 people in that dining room here to support these athletes. The community out pour is truly amazing.”

The dinner has become the highlight of the year for the athletes. Jones-Rousseau said people began inquiring about the dinner back in September.

“Everyday someone would ask me something about the dinner,” she said. “They get very excited for this night.”

Cox and Jones-Rousseau noted the dinner would not be possible if it weren’t for the generosity of the Knights of Columbus.

“They are so amazing. They definitely take care of us here,” said Cox.

“Many people have asked if we would switch venues and we haven’t even considered it because the Knights of Columbus are so good to us,” Jones-Rousseau added. “They have embraced our organization and go out of their way to help us with this evening.”

The two founders also praised the Mike Ure Band for donating their time to provide the entertainment.

Chief Tim Berthiaume thanked the crowd in attendance, noting their support helps make the Amherstburg Heroes program happen. He pointed out many of the attendees are regulars and support the program annually.

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