Saturday, April 24, 2010
Jazz for the Kids
Here are Kieran Overs and Joey Goldstein entertaining the arriving patrons - there was a wine tasting and numerous appetizers including curry puffs and spring rolls...plus a chance to bid on many items during the silent auction - including guitars!
Mike Bullard provided lots of laughs as auctioneer during the live auction portion later in the evening.
Thanks to Ken Choi and Lawrence Lo of Summit Garden who have hosted the fundraiser for 12 years and for all the hardworking staff of the restaurant. Dan is the event organizer for the event which vetts a different charity each year.
Some facts about Peel Children's Aid which I was surprised about - they served 5, 862 families last year and responded to over 11,000 calls, cared for 732 children in foster homes and have over 300 volunteers. I didn't know for example that because of the International Airport children are sometimes either abandoned after being used as drug mules or sent to Canada on their own by desperate parents who know Canada is a caring and generous nation.
I was verklempt at the stories of the 4 children who spoke last night - Paul Chapman, Matthew and Derrick Porter (yes brothers) and Baylee Young - they were chosen along with Shantee Plummer to be part of the Olympic Torch Relay. This fine organization helps give children nourishment of all kinds - food, toys, summers camps and sports, bursaries for education or to learn a trade.
http://www.peelkidsfoundation.com/ or 905 363 6131 ext 1155.
As Police Chief MIke Metcalf quoted via Frederick Douglass "It is easier to create strong children than fix a broken man".