Rotary Club raises $1,500 for Easter Seals

By Joel Charron

Over 200 people crammed into the Knights of Columbus hall for the 24th Annual Amherstburg Rotary Club’s Pasta Dinner, benefitting the Easter Seals.

Twenty-three years ago Tom Tzimas started the pasta dinner for the sole purpose of hoping to make the lives of children a little brighter.    The dinner used to be held at the Anderdon Tavern, but since the tavern closed was and torn down the pasta dinner shifted homes to the Knights of Columbus hall and has been the home for the past seven years.

“All the focus is on the kids,” said Rotarian Martin Breshamer.

The Rotary Club takes care of all the food (which is donated by local businesses) and the Knights of Columbus prepares the dinner. Breshamer said it’s a partnership that has been good for both sides over the half dozen years.

All funds made from the Pasta Dinner will be combined with the Rotary Club’s Walkathon in May. Breshamer said the Rotary Club hopes to raise around $8,000 between the

Over 200 people crammed into the Knights of Columbus hall for the 24th Annual Amherstburg Rotary Club’s Pasta Dinner, benefitting the Easter Seals.

two fundraising events.

Usually, the Easter Seals Ambassador attends the dinner, however this year’s ambassador, Stephen McGorlick was unable to make it.

As the Easter Seals Ambassador, McGorlick will attend all Easter Seals events with his family. His duties also include appearing on the Easter Seals telethon to help raise money on Sunday, April 10 on TV Cogeco and CBC.

The Easter Seals development officer Suzanne Cape said Easter Seals helps families purchase mobility and communication equipment, as well as, recreational choices.

According to Cape, Easter Seals will help off set the cost of a trip to a fully accessible camp for children. There are two fully accessible camps, one near Perth and other near London. A 10-day stay at these camps can cost up to $3,000.

Since Easter Seals does not receive government funding, Cape said the organization relies on fundraising events like the Amherstburg Rotary Club’s Pasta Dinner.

“Events like this really helps us out,” said Cape. “Without the Rotarians and other organizations we wouldn’y be able to do what we do.”

The Pasta Dinner raised over $1,500, which will be donated to the Easter Seals along with the money raised from the Walkathon in May.

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