Community Food Share ‘generates’ winning pitch; latest 100 Men Who Care in North Dundas raises over $12K

Organizers of the inaugural '100 Men Who Care' event in North Dundas ham it up in 2018. Seated from left: Dan Gasser, North Dundas Mayor Eric Duncan, Dan Pettigrew, Devon Byers and Diane Crummy. Standing is IDP Group's Hamed Asl. The 2019 follow-up events raised over $12,000 for charity. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — Just over 120 participants in the second annual 100 Men Who Care North Dundas had an appetite for Community Food Share’s message this year, selecting that organization as their top choice among the competing charities that evening.

The local food bank serving Dundas County and North Stormont received its full request of $10,000 (the maximum possible) to be used for the purchase of a backup generator. Second place in the secret-ballot vote was Dundas County Hospice, which collected the balance of $2,100 toward its request in support of its bereavement program.

Each of the voting men in the audience at the Joel Steele Community Centre last night contributed $100 to the pot.

Also considered were pitches from: the Boys & Girls Club (a request of $5,000 for a proposed Youth Tech program at its Winchester clubhouse); North Dundas District High School (a request of $3,000 for an outdoor classroom project); the North Dundas Minor Hockey Association (a request of $9,100 for a barrier to divide the ice surface at the Novice level); and the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation (a request of $6,000 for 36 new commodes at the local healthcare institution.)

“Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s 100 Men Who Care a success,” said one of the event organizers, Dan Gasser. “We had six great charities, all with deserving projects that would have a positive impact on our community. Once again, the Men of North Dundas showed their generosity. We’re looking forward to watching this event grow and always more charities and men to join us next year.”

The participants also heard from last year’s successful charities and what was accomplished with the dollars handed over in 2018.

Matt Cooke of the Chesterville area observed that attendance did “seem down” from last year, though he was “really pleased” to see his choice of charity awarded the funds desired.  “It’s a good ongoing event for the community and I hope it continues,” said Cooke.

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