Fête du drapeau
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West Nipissing Remembers
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by Brad Aubin
Nearly 200 people packed the Marcel Noël Hall last Saturday evening, June 3, for the Club Richelieu’s annual lobster dinner fundraiser for two popular youth programs. For the sixth year in a row, the club held the dinner to finance the WN Police’s DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, which sees a WN Police officer go into local schools to discuss drugs and peer pressure with Grade 5 students. This year, the dinner was also helping support the WN Community Health Centre’s ‘Jeunes filles en Action’ initiative, promoting self-esteem and empowerment among young girls.
Participants were treated to a huge feast, including two lobsters and a full dinner buffet, for $75. Also new this year was a $40 ticket that excluded the lobster, for those who don’t eat seafood. There were 183 tickets sold, a smaller turnout than usual, but still satisfactory according to event organizer Richelieu Michael Gauthier. “It went very well. I think folks were happy with the night, with the food, as well as the music afterwards. It was a great night. (…) We’re very pleased, and very happy with the turnout. Times are tough these days... folks are watching their dollars and there is so much fundraising for all sorts of causes. We’ve got to share!” laughed Gauthier.
Though the amount raised had not been determined by press time, Gauthier assured they had made “enough to fund the DARE as well the other events and programs we support.”
In addition to the many local attendees, members of other Club Richelieu, including the North Bay, Elliot Lake and Blind River clubs, came out to support their fellow Richelieu members.