House of Lazarus seeks sports celebrity for November fundraiser

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MOUNTAIN — The House of Lazarus (HOL) is looking for a celebrity from the sports world to attend a fundraising event this November.

The goal is to draw a big crowd for the innaugural Sports Night in Winchester. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the HOL, which serves over 100 local families each month through its food bank alone. The HOL also supports nearly 1,200 families and individuals each year through outreach programs, such as Food with Friends (gift cards to purchase food for the Kemptville Youth Centre and Dundas Youth Centre) and starting over kits for fire victims.

The Sports Night fundraiser idea stems from a recent significant donation of brand new sports merchandise, featuring teams from the NHL, MLB, NFL and NBA. The donation includes hats, shirts, pyjamas, pillows, wallets, sleepers, ornaments, hoodies, jackets, socks, bags, toddler jerseys, mittens and so much more.

“We will have everything you could ever need or want for your sport-loving loved one just before Christmas rolls around,” said Jennifer Westendorp, HOL operations manager. “But we need someone from the sports world to draw people in to the event. We haven’t had any luck reaching out to various atheltic organizations and teams in the region, so we thought putting the call out to the community might help us make a connection.”

Having a celebrity, like a retired Ottawa Senators player, make an appearance and sign some autographs for fans could mean the difference between selling some of the merchandise and selling out of it, Westendorp noted.  

“Having a celebrity at our event will bring in significant funds for the House of Lazarus and all the money we raise goes right back into the community.”

If you know of any sport celebrity who may be willing to help out with the event, please contact the HOL by calling (613)-989-3830 or email Westendorp directly at


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