"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Friday, 24 February 2012

Success All Round

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.


Anonymous said...

Was there a chance for Adam to do the ancient bone park at Calgary ? thought maybe the plane landed there and they had a stop-over ?

Anonymous said...

And the Aurora still this sucking sound known as our ' cultural centre '

Anonymous said...

Should this not be considered a kind of a cultural event?

"They always pay the user fee for the facility."

How outrageously wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Newmarket?! That's heresy in a blog that's supposedly about "Our Town".