The Mainstreet Family Restaurant kicked off the 2018 Village Chef season with an ode the Wild Wild West.

Mayor David Nash, Linda Nash, Shelley Scullino and Mark Scullino cooked up a meal fit for any cowboy, complete with caesar salad, ribs, beans, coleslaw, beef brisket, corn bread and apple crisp for dessert. Cowboy hats were a dime a dozen and Shelley Scullino even came out in traditional period dress.

The evening was sold out with $680 dollars raised for the Merrickville-Wolford Community Fund in ticket sales alone. With the silent auction and donation from title sponsor Mirick’s Landing Country Store and the Mainstreet Family Restaurant, it was estimated that they would reach the $1000 mark by the end of the evening.

“With the dinner we will be able to start putting funds back into the community,” says Merrickville-Wolford Community Fund representative Ann Martin.

The Merrickville-Wolford Community Fund is a charitable organization focused on raising money to put back into the community through various initiatives. It was set up last year and helped get $10,000 in grant money for the municipality’s Canada 150 celebrations. The fund is invested with the Community Foundation of Ottawa’s family of funds with a 4.25 per cent return. “As we grow the fund, this could be a significant amount that goes back into the community,” Ann says.

The plan is to have a public meeting in April to organize a board which will act as the fund’s advisor and decide where the money will be granted in the future. “It’s people in the community making a decision about what the community needs most,” Ann says.
Everyone involved in the evening felt like it was a great success with people rolling out the door with a smile on their face and maybe a slight drawl in their accent. “I’m really enjoying that it’s morphed into a crowd participation event,” says Mainstreet owner Mike Neelin. “It has become not so much what Mainstreet is doing, it’s what everyone is using Mainstreet to produce.”

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