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Rotary Club aiming for $1,500 from 28th annual pasta dinner
Rotary Club aiming for $1,500 from 28th annual pasta dinner
Posted April 01, 2015

The Rotary Club of Amherstburg held its 28th annual pasta dinner fundraiser for Easter Seals and hope, once all the bills are paid, to raise at least $1,500.

Rotarian Martin Breshamer, the club’s Easter Seals chairperson, said last Thursday evening’s dinner drew 110 people. That was down slightly from last year, he stated.

“It was still a nice event,” said Breshamer. “I think everyone had a nice time.”

Breshamer pointed out that all proceeds raised by the Rotary Club go towards supporting Easter Seals children. The dinner also included raffle and door prizes.

The event started at the Anderdon Tavern but moved over to the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall once the Anderdon Tavern was sold and subsequently demolished. This year’s pasta dinner was the 12th at the K of C Hall.

“We’re very grateful to the K of C’s staff,” said Breshamer.

This year’s Easter Seals ambassadors are Sammy Uprichard and Kameron Seguin, both of whom attended the pasta dinner with their families. Uprichard and Seguin will be part of the Easter Seals telethon on Cogeco Cable 11 April 12.

“It’s been a great time,” said Uprichard, of being an ambassador.

Seguin said they get to participate in a number of events around the area, including the telethon. Being on television will be “cool,” he said.

Amherstburg Heroes raise $5,000 at 10th anniversary celebration
Amherstburg Heroes raise $5,000 at 10th anniversary celebration
Posted April 01, 2015

It was a celebration a decade in the making for the Amherstburg Heroes Athletic Club.

The club hosted its tenth anniversary fundraiser Saturday night at the Verdi Club with a sell-out crowd of roughly 320 people in attendance. The club is a partnership between Community Living Essex County and the Amherstburg Police Service and provides an chance for those with an intellectual disability to participate in recreational opportunities such as basketball and baseball.

Essex MPP Taras Natyshak called the event “amazing” and “incredible,” and said the Heroes program involves inclusion, activity and love of community. He also praised Chief Tim Berthiaume, stating “there is no one I know who loves his community more than Chief Berthiaume.”

Natyshak added it “warms my heart” to be part of the Heroes’ tenth anniversary fundraiser.

Sarah Watson, representing her husband Essex MP Jeff Watson, said she got to know Heroes co-founder Michelle Jones-Rousseau and said Jones-Rousseau’s tenacity and “deep advocacy” not only for her son Kyle but for others with disabilities is clear.

Jones-Rousseau founded the program with the aid of Sgt. Mike Cox.

Watson said she formerly worked as an in-home respite worker and said she learned parents of children are the best advocates for them and consistently bring down barriers.