Dilico Children’s Foundation, in partnership with the Thunder Bay Community Foundation, has declared their “Raising Spirit Fundraiser” held in at the Victoria Inn a huge success. Approximately 400 guests attended for an evening that featured live music by Shy-Anne Hovorka and The Red Men, comedy, and a silent auction. The event raised over $56,000 to support the Dilico Children’s Foundation’s efforts to improve the well-being of children, youth and families in Northwestern Ontario through designated educational, recreational and cultural initiatives.
“So many people gave thoughtfully of their time, energy and expertise to support the Foundation’s first community fundraiser,” said Shannon Gothard Ramirez, chair of Dilico Children’s Foundation’s Board of Directors, “The contributions of all of the individuals, businesses and organizations who donated prizes, cash and services are very much valued.”
“By working together, we can truly give kids the opportunities to fulfill their potential,” said Micheal Hardy, Dilico Anishinabek Family Care’s executive director, “The best way to break the complex cycles and challenges that many First Nations children, adolescents and families face is through opportunity. Something as simple as giving a kid a guitar can be life changing.”
Together, the Dilico Children’s Foundation and the Thunder Bay Community Foundation have agreed to make the “Raising Spirit Fundraiser” an annual initiative with the next event to be held in March, 2014.
The Dilico Children’s Foundation was established in 2009 as a non-profit charitable organization with a dedication to supporting Aboriginal well-being. Since 1971, the Thunder Bay Community Foundation has provided opportunities for Thunder Bay’s citizens to invest in the enrichment of the community.