Unique evening for a good cause

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Look­ing for a unique night out? A de­li­cious In­dian buf­fet meal? A chance to bid on an amaz­ing range of silent auc­tion items? An op­por­tu­nity to sup­port a lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides lov­ing homes and care for nearly 1,500 chil­dren, women, and se­niors?

One of our area’s most spe­cial evenings is set to take place Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20 at the Maxville Sports Com­plex.

The Child Haven An­nual Din­ner is the sig­na­ture fundrais­ing event for Child Haven In­ter­na­tional, a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion founded in 1985 by Bon­nie and Fred Cap­puc­cino, and their friends Dr. Nat and Kul­want Shah, to as­sist or­phaned chil­dren and women who are se­verely des­ti­tute and have nowhere else to turn.

Child Haven op­er­ates eight homes in In­dia, Bangladesh, Nepal, and has a child sup­port project in Ti­bet, and, with no cor­po­rate spon­sors or on­go­ing govern­ment sup­port, re­lies on the gen­eros­ity of in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies, solely through dona­tions and events like the lo­cal din­ner and auc­tion Oc­to­ber 20.

This year’s event will fea­ture an es­pe­cially wide ar­ray of silent auc­tion items from lo­cal busi­nesses, in ad­di­tion to the one-of-a-kind hand­crafted jew­ellery, art, and other goods from Child Haven’s home coun­tries that din­ner at­ten­dees have come to ex­pect.

The auc­tion be­gins when the doors open at 6 p.m., and con­tin­ues to the fi­nal ring­ing of the bell at 9 p.m. The In­dian buf­fet din­ner, catered by The Quirky Car­rot, will be­gin at 7 p.m.

The evening will fea­ture mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment by Grace Gra­ham and will be co-hosted by CBC Ot­tawa Morn­ing’s Robyn Bres­na­han and Kin­non La­joie. As al­ways, a high­light of the event is the op­por­tu­nity to meet Child Haven founders Fred and Bon­nie Cap­puc­cino, and to be in­spired by up­dates from the homes and the ex­pe­ri­ences of former vol­un­teers, who have wit­nessed first-hand the im­pact that this grass­roots or­ga­ni­za­tion, born out of a farm­house in Glen­garry, has had on thou­sands of chil­dren.

“Fred and Bon­nie have given a chance for a bet­ter life, but you’ll never hear them brag about this achieve­ment,” says Din­ner Com­mit­tee co-chair Julie Slater. “The evening pro­vides a chance to cel­e­brate this in­ter­na­tional suc­cess story, and the ideals and val­ues that Child Haven stands for – non-vi­o­lence, equal­ity, sim­ple liv­ing, and re­spect for ev­ery re­li­gion.” You may re­serve tick­ets call­ing Child Haven at (613) 527-2829 or Julie Slater at (613) 525-1104, or via email at jk­sna­ture@hot­mail.com To en­sure a spot, RSVP by Oc­to­ber 13.

HUMANITARIANS: Child Haven. Fred and Bon­nie Cap­puc­cino, founders of

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