By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - A fundraiser in memory of former parks manager and sports philanthropist Si Miller, who recently passed away, will support those who know first-hand the sadness and grief of losing a loved one.
© Adam Brazeau
Pictured are RCAFA Wing 424 fundraising co-chairs Mark A. Macdonald (left) and Ron Leduc with Traci Trottier, Bereaved Families of Ontario (BFO) - Cornwall & Area program coordinator.
Royal Canadian Air Force Association (RCAFA) Wing 424 fundraising co-chairs Mark A. Macdonald and Ron Leduc will be hosting a Variety Show & Dinner in support of the Bereaved Families of Ontario (BFO) - Cornwall & Area on Saturday, March 29.
"We're honoured and privileged to be able to dedicate it to the memory of Mr. Si Miller and his family because he touched so many people in the community through his contributions," said MacDonald.
He described BFO as a vital support network in the community in tune with Miller's legacy since both are synonymous with helping others.
Leduc is a BFO support group member. He attempted to explain the importance of it in his life, but was overwhelmed with tears and emotion.
Traci Trottier, BFO program coordinator, said many support group members participate actively with the Wing and it provides an opportunity to enjoy some companionship for people coping with the loss of a loved one.
"Any help that we can get from the community is always a great asset because we are a United Way agency and we are non-government funded," said Trottier. "It’s imperative that the community gets behind BFO at all times throughout the year because the need is there. There's a lot of grief and loss in SD&G and beyond; and we provide a wonderful service for those who need it."
The event, titled Ron & Mark's Variety Show Dinner & Dance, takes place at the RCAFA Wing 424. Doors open at 3pm. The fundraiser will kick off with a silent auction, live entertainment, and a stand-up comedian. A roast beef dinner will be served at 6pm. The festivities will wrap up with an evening of dancing.
There are only 100 tickets ($20 each) available.
For more information, contact MacDonald at (613) 551-4351 or Trottier at (613) 936-1455.