VKH HOLDS JAMBOREE FOR FOOD BANK
This year marked the seventh Vankleek Hill Food Bank Jamboree in its present incarnation. The 500 ticket holders, who could come and go as they pleased during the event, were treated to musical acts from 2 p.m. to well past midnight, on Saturday, July 7.
“The Jamboree started indoors some 16 to 17 years ago, but at some point, we had to move it outdoors”, shared Richard Charest. The retired manager sits on the Jamboree board with Mike St. Denis, Louise Sproule and Rev. Robert Martin. Once they moved the Jamboree to the spacious backyard of the Windsor Tavern, they were able to accommodate a lot more people.
Volunteers, including Irene and Lloyd Howes, pitched in, as well as a group of dedicated folks who took care of the infrastructure. “This year, 200 tickets were sold in advance and about 300 tickets were sold at the door. Thanks to supporters, businesses and volunteers, once the final tally is in, we plan on giving around $7,000 to the Food Bank”, confided the organizer.
Emceed by DJ Gord Nixon, who doubles as musical coordinator for the Jamboree, visitors enjoyed different acts that pleased various musical tastes. Wayne Rostad drove from his cottage in Nova Scotia to be part of the festivities. Last year’s crowd favourites, the Alleykatts, were back for an encore, as well as many local talents.
In partnership with the Food Bank, every penny is accounted for. “Transparency is of the utmost importance and financial statements are prepared and published showing exactly money spent on the event and money received by the Food Bank”, emphasized Charest.
As for his own reason for getting involved very early in the Jamboree, Mr. Charest explained: “Life has been good to me, so I decided to give back.” The volunteer is also on various committees and on the Board of directors of the National Capital Junior Hockey League, of which the Cougars are part.
On The Edge Synchronized Skating Team were in charge of the food canteen and all profits from their “good eats” went to the team. They practice at the Vankleek Hill Community Centre every Sunday night, which is open to skaters aged 18 and older, with previous figure skating experience.
Pascale Picard a ravi la foule qui était à pleine capacité, le samedi après-midi 7 juillet. Elle faisait partie du programme de divertissement du Jamboree de Vankleek Hill. Au moment de mettre sous presse, les organisateurs estimaient que 7000 $ iraient à la banque alimentaire.