There was a special atmosphere at La Place Rendez-Vous on Sunday night as people from across the district gathered in support of the fourth-annual Community Benefit Dinner.
And support they did—raising just over $25,000 altogether for local families facing expenses due to medical reasons through ticket sales, the live and silent auctions, and monetary donations (including one from the “Spirit of Christmas” committee stemming from last November’s fundraiser).
The highlight of the evening, however, was the generosity of the family of the late Amanda Jerry, who not only donated $10,000 to the benefit dinner committee from the trust fund that had been established for her last year, but another $8,000 to the “Care Close to Home” campaign and some $5,700 to the local Lions Club for a project in Amanda’s name at the Millennium Park on Second Street East.
Just as important as the actual money, though, was hearing the heartwarming success stories from families facing medical crises who have been helped by a caring community. Guest speaker Gerry Parent recounted the love and financial support his family received when their young son, Alex, was diagnosed with bone cancer.
He’s now been cancer-free for five years, and living a vibrant, productive life full of tremendous potential.
The same is true for Michael Sovereign, the Fort Frances High School student who was battling cancer a year ago—and whose family was helped out by last year’s Community Benefit Dinner.
He just recently was given a clean bill of health.
For Amanda Jerry, who succumbed last June from complications following a double-lung transplant in Toronto, her legacy will help the lives of so many others thanks to her family’s generous donations.
The generosity of Rainy River District is well-documented over the years, and this year’s Community Benefit Dinner was just another shining example.