Shelldale Family Gateway Raises Over $13,000 During Successful Winter Warm-Up!
Shelldale Family Gateway is thrilled to announce the highest-grossing Winter Warm-Up fundraiser!
Executive Director, Diana Boal shared the great news with the community shortly after the exciting draw for the 50/50 winner, Juanita Harrison. Not only did Shelldale raise well over our goal of $10,000, Juanita donated her winnings back to Shelldale Family Gateway and added close to another $1,500. Add in our Silent Auction, Corporate Donors and restaurant donors…and we have raised well over $13,000.
“The Shelldale Family Gateway neighbourhood has once again come together to share in a sense of family and brought the extended community in to join us in a successful fundraiser. We would not have accomplished this amazing goal without the support of over a hundred volunteers, staff, local restaurants and several business members who all donated generously of their time, food, and resources.”
Boal recommends people take a look at www.Shelldale.ca to see all the food establishments who provided food for the event as well as our major donors. Each one is recognized on the website with their logo and additional information. She asks that “people visit the local restaurants and donors and thank them for their generosity, as this event would not be as successful as it has been without them.”
You can also read more and see photos from this terrific event at:
Shelldale Family Gateway thanks both papers as well as RogersTV and Magic 106 for joining us at our fundraiser and spreading the work about the amazing work we do.
Shelldale Family Gateway offers programming for children and their families, from birth to 18 years, through EarlyON Centre (0-6 years) and Youth and Community for older children and their families. While Shelldale Family Gateway receives funding from the County of Wellington for the EarlyON program, all funding for the Youth and Community is dependent on fundraising. From summer camps to after school programming to leadership and family resources, Shelldale Family Gateway is always working hard to ensure there is enough money to serve this incredibly diverse and needs-filled community of Onward Willow.
Statistics from the City of Guelph and Census Canada describe Onward Willow/Shelldale as a low income, single parent, culturally diverse neighbourhood which is heavily dependent on assisted housing and social assistance. The Executive Director points out the need succinctly: “Our community is high needs, and with Shelldale Family Gateway and our programs, many of these children and families would be unable to partake in organized after school programs, baby programs and leadership programming for older youth. The funds we raise are crucial to the overall success of the neighbourhood as a whole. Without Shelldale Family Gateway, families and children simply lose out on a quality of life that others in Guelph can enjoy and we just do not.”
With the overall goal of making Shelldale Family Gateway’s programs sustainable, the Centre is embarking on a new fundraising challenge of $400,000. More details on this exciting program will be coming in the next months, but be assured, you will be hearing more about the great work Shelldale Family Gateway does for Guelph and our community members.
In the meantime, keep your eyes out for the newly instituted “Friends of Shelldale Family Gateway” newsletter with facts, programs and needs that you can help with!