Posted March 10, 2016
By Ron Giofu
It was another packed house for the Essex County Heroes annual fundraising dinner.
All 300 tickets were sold for Saturday night’s event at the Verdi Club, with proceeds going directly to the Heroes. The club, formerly known as the Amherstburg Heroes, recently changed its name as they added a Tuesday night basketball session at Colchester North Public School in addition to their Wednesday basketball nights at General Amherst High School.
“We’re very proud of that,” said co-founder Michelle Jones-Rousseau of the expansion.
Jones-Rousseau noted that Heroes is presented in partnership with Community Living Essex County and the Amherstburg Police Service with the Essex OPP also getting on board and helping with the program at Colchester North Public School.
Mike Cox, co-founder and a sergeant with Amherstburg police, thanked those in attendance and said everyone plays a role in helping make the Heroes program successful.
“We have hundreds of people here and everyone plays a key part,” said Cox.
Cox highlighted the work of Terry and Lisa Jones, who held a backyard cookoff at their home last November to assist Heroes. The fundraising total from the cookoff alone has now swelled to $30,000.
The way the Heroes program has grown in its 11 years has caught Cox and Jones-Rousseau by surprise, with Jones-Rousseau noting people were already asking her Saturday night about next year’s fundraiser.