Giv­ing and re­ceiv­ing

CB Busi­ness and Phi­lan­thropy Hall of Fame hands out awards

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF SYD­NEY

The mem­bers of 100 Women Who Care CBRM may be used to giv­ing but on Tues­day night they were on the re­ceiv­ing end of a ma­jor award.

The group, which has do­nated more than $150,000 to a dozen lo­cal char­i­ties in the past three years, was named the group of the year at the Bre­ton Busi­ness and Phi­lan­thropy Hall of Fame din­ner and awards at the Mem­ber­tou Trade and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Deana Lloy, who co-founded the lo­cal chap­ter with daugh­ter Sa­man­tha Lloy in 2014, said the recog­ni­tion con­firms that a sim­ple con­cept can make a big dif­fer­ence.

At each 100 Women Who Care meet­ing, a group of at least 100 women gets to­gether and af­ter hear­ing five-minute pitches from three dif­fer­ent lo­cal char­i­ties, votes, and then im­me­di­ately each per­son makes a $100 do­na­tion to the win­ner. So far af­ter 12 meet­ings do­na­tions have ranged from $10,300 to $15,200.

“Peo­ple are very giv­ing in our com­mu­nity and they love this con­cept be­cause it’s a sim­ple con­cept — there’s no fundrais­ing, they don’t have to show up for plan­ning meet­ings. You just show up four times a year ba­si­cally for one hour,” said Lloy. “It couldn’t be any more sim­ple than what it is.”

The Cape Bre­ton Busi­ness and Phi­lan­thropy Hall of Fame also for­mally in­ducted its new­est mem­bers Tues­day night. Gil­lis Build­ing Sup­plies founder Dave Gil­lis and Ideal Foods founder Joe Braun­miller en­tered the busi­ness hall, while Mem­bers of 100 Women Who Care CBRM, front from left, Shel­ley Ben­nett Tri­fos, Shel­ley Lund and Deana Lloy, and back from left, Margie Moore, Dianne Beauch­esne and Rose West­bury pose for a photo at the Cape Bre­ton Busi­ness and Phi­lan­thropy Hall of Fame din­ner and awards Tues­day night at the Mem­ber­tou Trade and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. The group, which has do­nated more than $150,000 to a dozen lo­cal char­i­ties, won the group or event of the year award at the gala.

sec­ond cousins Fr. Al­bert Maroun, a former priest who has do­nated about $500,000 to var­i­ous char­i­ties, and real es­tate tycoon Lou Maroun, who’s do­nated gen­er­ously to many lo­cal causes over the years (in­clud­ing a $250,000 do­na­tion to the can­cer cen­tre), joined to the phi­lan­thropy hall.

The night also saw the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion cel­e­brate the peo­ple who help keep the lo­cal health-care sys­tem healthy by rec­og­niz­ing sev­eral of their vol­un­teers.

Syd­ney and Area Cham­ber of Com­merce chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Adrian White said the night shows there are many dif­fer­ent ways to give to many worthy causes. The Cape Bre­ton Chords­men have lent their voices to count­less causes, the lo­cal Ro­tary Club’s an­nual Rib Fest has given more than $125,000 for Cape Bre­ton Hospice Pal­lia­tive Care and the United Way Win­ter Gala event has raised more than $490,000 to com­bat child poverty in just two years.

“We’re four dif­fer­ent ar­eas in what we of­fer to the com­mu­nity and I think that ev­ery one of us are equal in what we give — it’s just a dif­fer­ent way,” said Lloy, who noted that 100 Women has do­nated to char­i­ties that help youth, se­niors, women and an­i­mals — and there are still many more groups that need help. “We’ve touched on ev­ery­thing so far and un­for­tu­nately there’s a need be­cause there’s over 60 char­i­ties out there. We’re go­ing to do ev­ery char­ity out there. We’re not go­ing to stop un­til we’ve done ev­ery sin­gle one.”

The next 100 Women Who Care CBRM meet­ing, which is open to new mem­bers, takes place June 6 at the Fortress of Louis­bourg, be­gin­ning at 5:30 p.m.

Fr. Al­bert

Maroun

Braun­miller

Gil­lis

Lou Maroun

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