NEWSFLASH July/August 2022 Gala26

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NEWSFLASH July/August 2022 Gala26

THE RUNDOWN

The hard work of the Erie Shores Health Foundation Gala26 Committee, definitely paid off as over $331,000 was netted in support of the foundation! Gala 26 — an evening of art and friendship, which took place June 4 at the Roma Club of Leamington — was presented by WFCU Credit Union, as well as ultimate sponsors BMO, Double Diamond Farms, Tilray and Uni-Fab, with numerous other sponsors lending their support to the worthy cause. Dave Hunter, one half of the Dave and Chuck The Freak Show on 101.1 WRIF radio, served as the live auctioneer with Sonny Borrelli, Regional Director for the Miss Universe Pageant as the evening’s emcee. “Thank you doesn’t begin to express how much gratitude and appreciation we have for all our sponsors, volunteers and guests who made GALA26 a night to remember,” comments ESHF CEO Christine Colautti. Founded in 1992, the Erie Shores Health Foundation raises funds for Erie Shores HealthCare and Hospice Erie Shores Campus in Essex County.

Congratulations to two area authors, LouAnne Hunt and Alynn Godfroy, who are part of The Book On Transformation (Jan Fraser), released in mid-June. Hunt is Fraser’s Media Coordinator, a small business and personal development coach, and a college professor in the region (LouAnneHunt.ca). Godfroy is a Certified Financial Planner with Godfroy Financial Group in Windsor (GodfroyFinancialGroup.com) and is also author of Why You Need A Financial Advisor. The Book on Transformation features 30 courageous, international female authors, spanning nine countries. Whether you’re experiencing life’s challenges including: death, divorce, job loss, abuse, health issues, or some form of addiction, these stories can motivate you and give you the strength to take the next step on your journey to a better and more successful life. This is the second book (the first was The Book On Joy) in an inspired life series created by Fraser, who lives with her husband in Lake Las Vegas and Bermuda, in response to the local and global need for positive change in the world. It features a foreword written by Jack Canfield, founder of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. The Book On Gratitude will be out in November, followed by The Book On Abundance and The Book On Faith. Get the scoop about the second book and how to purchase it online.

NEW IN BIZ

On June 8, 2022 franchise owners Rhoda and Nicholas Udumukwu opened the Windsor-Sarnia location of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK at 2825 Lauzon Parkway, Unit #202 in Windsor. “We are very excited to bring TWO MEN AND A TRUCK — a highly reputable and international brand — to serve our local communities while moving people forward,” state the owners. “We offer our community a qualitative and professional moving service that treats customers with integrity and their property with care as we do have a reputation to protect as the brand has been operating in North America for over 35 years!” TWO MEN AND A TRUCK began 37 years ago in Lansing, MI and operates in the U.S., Canada (30 franchises) and the United Kingdom, with approximately 400 franchises worldwide. The business provides a variety of services from home to business moving, along with junk removal, storage, packing, moving boxes/supplies, and long-distance moving.

ON THE MOVE

The Town of Amherstburg announced, in mid-June, the advancement of Valerie Critchley as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Critchley brings with her over 20 years of municipal experience. Before joining the Town on an interim basis as Director of Legislative Services and Clerk in October 2021, she held several senior management positions with the City of Windsor. According to Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo: “We are fortunate to have this exceptionally talented CAO on our team and convinced Valerie will successfully lead the way during these exciting times of growth and development.”

DATES TO REMEMBER

The 7th annual Ouellette Car Cruise presented by the Downtown Windsor BIA and Crawford General Contracting Inc., takes to the streets once again on August 12! Cruisers begin gathering at the Riverfront Festival Plaza on Riverside Drive East at 1 p.m. and the cavalcade of roaring engines and shining chrome begins at 6 p.m. The route, travelling both east and west this year, starts at Riverside Drive and Goyeau Street, runs south on Ouellette Avenue to Tecumseh Road East, east to Pillette Road and west on Riverside Drive, to end at the plaza (until 10 p.m.). All vintage, classic, custom, collector and special interest cars, street rods and muscle cars are welcome. Donations towards participation are appreciated.

The Olde Riverside BIA presents Riverside Rocks 100 on August 20 from 6 to 11 p.m., to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Riverside community. The town was incorporated in 1921, but due to COVID restrictions the 2021 celebration had to be rescheduled until 2022. The event features two live bands (The Stiff Joints and Rum Runners), DJs, Showmobile, Dance/Bike Decorating Contests, Corn Hole competition, Beer Pong, Giant Jenga Game, Balloon Twisting, Glitter Tattoos, Night Market, Pet Costume Contest, Fashion Through the Ages Contest, Man on Stilts, Characters (including Spiderman), activities for the kids, dancing in the street, and great restaurants to serve you! There is also a shuttle service to the festival from parking lots at Ontario and St. Rose Streets. A shuttle is also available earlier at Riverside Sports Centre from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., during the Day of Champions, to take patrons to the district to enjoy shopping and dining options. There is no entry fee into the festival or for any of the activities. Proceeds from the sale of vendor sites and donations throughout the event benefit Windsor Police Services Camp Brombal for Kids.

Mackenzie Hall Jazz presents Jazz in the Park on Sunday, August 21 at 2:30 p.m., with the Mike Karloff Mackenzie Hall Hot Jazz Quartet playing 1920s classic jazz and 1930s swing, featuring jazz cellist Mike Karoub, Chris Tabaczynski on various saxophones (small to huge) and a surprise guest on guitar. This outdoor concert (in case of rain the concert moves indoors) takes place at the gazebo in Mary Bibb Park, next to Mackenzie Hall, 3277 Sandwich Street West in Windsor. Be sure to bring your own chairs! Refreshments are sold by The Friends of The Court to aid their fund supporting the hall. Tickets ($25 in advance; $30 at the door) go on sale starting July 26 at the Mackenzie Hall box office. Questions? Go to: HughLeal.com for the answers!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO . . .

Congrats to the Mennonite Central Committee of Ontario (MCC) Thrift On Mill, 58 Mill Street West in Leamington, on its 40th anniversary! A celebration was held June 18 with music by The Bailey’s and special VIP guest speakers. Learn more about this community organization by visiting their website.

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