My grandson Adam will travel to Edmonton this week-end. His brotherKeenan and partner Keri left this morning. His mother and father and sister Robin will leave on Sunday.
They will be home again a week from Sunday.
Between times ,Adam will play goalie with Special Hockey International.
He will travel for the first time in a plane. When he is on the ice, every member of his family, save one, will be there to cheer him on. There will be tears of joy on every face.
Last Saturday, the sixth Valentine Day Fundraising Dance and Social was held at the Newmarket Seniors Centre. Every year tickets are sought by more people who have heard of the event and wanna be there.
The Silent Auction is the great attraction.Proceeds are more each year and a good time is had by all.
This year the gross take was about $23,000. After all expenses were paid net was $19,900.
They always pay the user fee for the facility. Never have they asked for it to be waived. All of the family, including Adam, work at putting the event together.
They move tables and chairs into place. Make sandwiches. Arrange sweet treats. Put out the chips and snack foods. Dad minds the bar. Sister sells tickets on raffles. Adam plays host and kibbitzes with his friends who drink gallons of free pop and eat chips and have a marvelous fun evening .
In the end, the money is counted and another great adventure is a reality in their lives. The team will travel ,well equipped with everything they need , self-sufficient,independent, knowing it was acccomplished with kind hearts and the willingness to put their backs into it. Taking nothing for granted.
This year the silent auction raised $9,900 . The most yet
Newmarket continues to grow. Still ,at the heart of it, the community thrives , alive and well , caring about things that matter.