CORNWALL, Ontario - It’s always a very busy time for the Agapè Centre, and - especially now, with the return of city children to school, and a couple of upcoming fundraisers brewing.
The annual Wine, Dine and All That Jazz event will be held on Saturday, October 5, at the Best Western Parkway Inn and Conference Centre, beginning at 6:30.
“It’s a lovely evening,” said Lori Greer, the centre’s operations manager. “We have different vendors who supply wine, beer and martinis, as well as all different types of food that guests can sample.”
Entertainment for the event will be Angele and Her Swinging Devils, a jazz and dance band from Ottawa.
“They had people on their feet, dancing last year. It’s really a great atmosphere.” said Greer. “It’s a really fun evening of eating and drinking, and dancing.”
Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchase at Scotiabank, at the Agapè Centre, or online. For more information go to www.agapecentre.ca or visit the centre’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/centreagapecenter?fref=ts. While you’re there, check out the very funny promotional videos, featuring a local celebrity, if you need any more reasons to attend.
Coming up on Friday, October 18, at the Army Navy Air Force, is a murder mystery event, Fare Thee Well, Darby O’Shea, presented by local group, Murder on the Funny Side. Tickets for dinner and show are $35, and are available at ANAF, the Centre or online.
The Agapè Centre has just recently completed its fall change-over in the thrift store, with a great selection of fall and winter clothing, shoes and coats.
“We want to let people know that the store is for everyone; not just for people in need,” said Greer. “The store looks fantastic; we have terrific items. We also just started a Christmas room for those who like to shop for Christmas all year round.”
Speaking of Christmas, the centre is already gearing up for its busiest time of the year. Donations are always needed and welcomed.
Financial donations are always best, says Greer. “That way we can go out and buy what we need. We purchase all the food for the soup kitchen and unfortunately sometimes for the food band.”
There are always certain food items that are in short supply, like peanut butter, canned vegetables, soups and baked beans.
To find out how you can help out by becoming a monthly donor, text to donate, or to host a food drive, visit the centre’s site and click on the “Take Action” tab.