Giving and receiving
CB Business and Philanthropy Hall of Fame hands out awards
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.