Sheltering Youth One Brick at a Time community dinner for first youth homeless shelter on the West Island Raises $13,500

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By Rhonda Massad

While the numbers were final at the end of the sold-out Sheltering One Brick at a Time event at $12,500, the generosity continues to pour in for the first homeless shelter for youth on the West Island. An anonymous donor ponied up and extra $1,000 the morning after the event. A ticket would set you back $35, that included dinner, wine, live music from Kerry-Anne Kutz and Laura Janowski and a chance to take a funny selfie with Rolling Tunes.

Blogger Rhonda Massad and her volunteer committee put a unique event that gathered more than 200 West Islanders. The evening was filled with laughter, fun, and games. For $15 the “Surprise Gift Game” gave participants a chance to win a variety of prizes from dinners for two to hotel stays, spa treatments and gift certificates from local businesses.

Local Businessman Joseph Harrel spoke of his personal experience.

“One of my son’s friends claimed to live nearby our home on the West Island,” Harrel said with tears rolling down his face. “He did live nearby, in a tent. He would come to our place and use the hose to shower. We did not know until he accidentally left a bar of soap behind one day.”

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Artist Lisa Kimberly Glickman painted her interpretation of the theme while guests watched in awe. Firefighter Wayne Conway led a group of 15 firefighters and their friends in the “build the shelter” game where participants laid toy bricks to build a figurative shelter “one brick at a time”.

Major sponsors for the event included Desjardins West Island, Ubisoft, Bea Jarzynska of Sotheby’s Realty, Ron Massad of KW Prestige, Mr. Puffs, Rockaberries and Global Montreal who broadcasted live on site and included the event as part of the #greatermontrealday. Nothing But Sweets was on hand for those who had a sweet tooth.

Local politicians came out in numbers to support the much-needed shelter including, Pierrefonds Mayor Dimitrios Jim Beis, DDO Mayor Alex Bottausci, Baie D’Urfe Mayor Maria Tutino, Kirkland Mayor Michel Gibson, Ste Anne De Bellevue Mayor Paola Hawa, Pierrefonds councillor Yves Gignac and Catherine Clément-Talbot, Pointe Claire Councillors Cynthia Homan, Tara Stainforth City Councillor District 4 Cedar Park Heights, Kelly Thorstad-Cullen, Morris Vesely, DDO councillor Valérie Assouline.

Sheltering Youth One Brick at a Time community dinner for first youth homeless shelter on the West Island Raises $13,500

While the numbers were final at the end of the sold-out Sheltering One Brick at a Time event at $12,500, the generosity continues to pour in for the first homeless shelter for youth on the West Island. An anonymous donor ponied up and extra $1,000 the morning after the event. A ticket would set you back $35, that included dinner, wine, live music from Kerry-Anne Kutz and Laura Janowski and a chance to take a funny selfie with Rolling Tunes.

Blogger Rhonda Massad and her volunteer committee put a unique event that gathered more than 200 West Islanders. The evening was filled with laughter, fun, and games. For $15 the “Surprise Gift Game” gave participants a chance to win a variety of prizes from dinners for two to hotel stays, spa treatments and gift certificates from local businesses.

Artist Lisa Kimberly Glickman painted her interpretation of the theme while guests watched in awe. Firefighter Wayne Conway led a group of 15 firefighters and their friends in the “build the shelter” game where participants laid toy bricks to build a figurative shelter “one brick at a time”.

Major sponsors for the event included Desjardins West Island, Ubisoft, Bea Jarzynska of Sotheby’s Realty, Ron Massad of KW Prestige, Mr. Puffs, Rockaberries and Global Montreal who broadcasted live on site and included the event as part of the #greatermontrealday.

Local politicians came out in numbers to support the much-needed shelter including, Pierrefonds Mayor Dimitrios Jim Beis, DDO Mayor Alex Bottausci, Baie D’Urfe Mayor Maria Tutino, Kirkland Mayor Michel Gibson, Ste Anne De Bellevue Mayor Paola Hawa, Pierrefonds councillor Yves Gignac and Catherine Clément-Talbot, Pointe Claire Councillors Cynthia Homan, Tara Stainforth City Councillor District 4 Cedar Park Heights, Kelly Thorstad-Cullen, Morris Vesely, DDO councillor Valérie Assouline.

Ted Bird, Murray Sheriffs and Tom Whelan of Jewel 106.7 FM were on hand supporting the cause. Kris LeBlanc of Jewel donated his time and DJ skills and kept the party going with the classics.

Desjardins sent out a team of volunteers to man the Wheel of fortune and sell the toy bricks to help raise awareness for the cause.

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