Kim Merkley, Food Bank Manager, Cathy Ashby, Executive Director, Julie Steward, organizer of the event and volunteers Jessica and her children Skylar and Raven Nichols. Photo by Ralph Pulfer

Julie and Tim Stewart feel very blessed with family and friends that come out every year and give because they ask. Several years ago, a yearly party they were having also became a chance for them to give back to their community. The House of Lazarus community outreach has helped the surrounding area for many years, so Julie and Tim decided to help them because they could.

In the summer time, people go away and forget about the food banks but don’t realize that someone is hungry. With the help of everyone who contributed time and money or prizes, on Tuesday, August 23 following their party, they were able to deliver $910 cash plus a truck load of food and school supplies.

“Our goal was to stock those shelves and we have achieved our goal thanks to the generosity of friends and local businesses”, says Julie.

Family and friends were entertained by Steel Grey Band (Donnie Scobie, Dave Hodge, Herb Cloutier, Leanne Boyce and Dick Tennant); the Rosewood Band (Herb Cloutier and Peter Johnson) and then Howie Godwin, all of which generously donated their time. There were lots of activities for children and adults alike, games and raffles, prizes and fun and of course lots of food to be enjoyed by all.

Julie and Tim extend a big thank you to the following businesses who donated prizes, auction items, and food which made this fundraiser possible:

Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, Capillanos Pizzaria, B & H Groceries, The Heat Source, RONA Building Center, Your Independent Grocers, Giant Tiger, Juice Fm 97.5, Walker and Associates, The Swan on The Rideau, Creekside Pub and Grill, Gabriels Pizzaria, Shoeless Joe’s Sport’s Grill, Sam’s Pizzaria, Metcalfe Golf Club, Myers, Splash Pools and Spa, P&D Global Logistics, Riverbend Pub and Eatery, Red Dot Cafe, Raspberry Sweet-Tarts, Jim Kenny Remax Realty, Cycle Master Motorcycles, Manotick Natural Market, Berrends Automotive, OK Tire, Marlborough Pub & Eatery, Twin Peaks Sanitary Services Inc, KS on the Key’s restaurant, Johnny Beeware Production’s Inc, Glenn Wright Excavating, Oscar’s Emporium.

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