Families First Funeral Home

Families First teams with Windsor Goodfellows on golf tournament



By Ron Giofu


Families First sponsored the 13th Annual Windsor Goodfellows Golf Classic last Thursday at Pointe West Golf Club.

Since Families First has become the event sponsor, this charitable tournament has sold out for the past five years and raised over $90,000 for the Goodfellows’ local programs. Families First vice president Jennifer Wells said it was the fifth year that Families First has sponsored the tournament.

The 13th Annual Windsor Goodfellows Golf Classic fundraiser will support the Goodfellows’ breakfast programs that run in over seven Windsor-area schools. The breakfast programs ensure that over 1,500 students receive healthy meals before their school day. A total of nine schools, from both public and Catholic boards, are involved in the program.

“A lot of people don’t understand that the Windsor Goodfellows isn’t just (a group that helps) at Christmas,” said Wells.

Families First Funeral Homes and the Windsor Goodfellows teamed for a recent golf tournament at Pointe West Golf Club. Families First vice president Jennifer Wells stands with Windsor Goodfellows president Gilbert Barichello.

Gilbert Barichello, president of the Windsor Goodfellows, said they receive a lot of support from outside of Windsor. The fifth straight sellout at 144 golfers is a “great tribute” to those involved as they are able to help area children.

“Thank you to all of our donors, Pointe West Golf Club and the community of Amherstburg for hosting us,” added Wells.
“Families First is proud to be the event sponsor for the Windsor Goodfellows 13th Annual Golf Classic. It’s a fun day that helps the Goodfellows run their breakfast programs that reach hundreds of Windsor elementary school students,” added Brian Parent, president of Families First. “The breakfast programs provide kids in our community with a healthy breakfast so they are able to learn and grow throughout their school day.”

“It’s difficult to sit through class if their stomachs aren’t filled to satisfaction,” added Barichello.

The Windsor Goodfellows Club has served the Windsor community for over 100 years and is supported entirely through charitable donations. The Windsor Goodfellows raise funds that aid thousands of Windsor-Essex families through food banks, school breakfast programs, children’s footwear programs, and many more local programs.

“To say you’ve lasted 108 years by donations is a tribute to the community we live in,” said Barichello.

Annual bike rodeo still busy, despite wet conditions



By Ron Giofu


Even though there was rain and damp conditions last Sunday, the annual bike rodeo still proved to be popular.

The annual event was presented at Families First Funeral Home and saw cyclists dodge the rain drops as well as the objects in the obstacle course. The event was presented with many partners, including the Amherstburg Police Service, the Amherstburg Community Based Policing Committee, Families First, Bike Windsor-Essex, Canadian Tire, Sobeys, the Optimist Club, the Rotary Club, Little Buddies Daycare, Bright Child Montessori, Meloche’s No Frills and Lakeside Produce.

Brett Severin assists Ryan Sprague through the obstacle course at Sunday’s bike rodeo

Const. Steve Owen, the community services officer with Amherstburg police, said they had 76 pre-register and were hoping to match the 130 children that came out last year. Just shy of 100 were reported to have come out for the 2018 event.

Bike helmets were given to people who didn’t have one, lights and bells were handed out, bicycles were checked then ridden through an obstacle course and BMX rider Eric Favot also was on hand for safety talks and demonstrations of what he can do.

“It’s to promote bike safety,” said Owen. “The last thing we want to do is see kids get hurt on their bikes when they are trying to have fun.”

Not only was the bike rodeo a way to learn, but they tried to ensure children and parents had a good time too, Owen added.

Heather Lenson from the Amherstburg Community Based Policing Committee (dark shirt) stands with Emma, Morgan and Joshua Hadfield during the June 10 bike rodeo at Families First Funeral Home.

The Amherstburg Fire Department brought their ladder truck to the event and there was face painting and inflatable rides on hand as well. There were also handouts given to people with bicycle safety tips.

“The last few years, it has grown quite a bit,” Owen said of the bike rodeo.

“I think it’s great,” added Heather Digou, who was with her son Ryan Sprague at the event. “It shows them bicycle safety. They are giving kids all kinds of entertainment. I think it’s awesome.”

BMX rider Eric Favot performs a trick during the bicycle rodeo June 10.

“Families First is proud to work with our partners in community to bring the annual bike rodeo to Amherstburg. It is a great way to have fun and a hands-on approach that teaches children the rules of the road to stay safe on their bikes,” says Brian Parent, president of Families First. “Cycling is a great way for kids to get to school, around town and stay active. Cyclists of all ages will have the opportunity to learn how to be safer by being visible to drivers.”