With now $1.2 million in the bank, the United Way is focusing its efforts in assisting those campaigns that are just about to kick off and the Locally Lambton Dinner on Wednesday, November 7.
The Fourth Annual Locally Lambton Dinner is a buffet with food grown, raised, or produced locally, and prepared by Norm Piquette of Normand Piquette Catering. Tickets are about half sold, and are available at the United Way office at 519 336-5452 at a cost $45 each, or $85 for a couple.
The menu for the event will soon be finalized and include: Chicken, Roast Turkey and Stuffing, Greek Style Roasted Lamb, Roast beef, Roast organic Pork Loin, fresh caught trout, Bean Casserole cooked in local Maple Syrup, and a Vegetarian Pasta Prima Vera. There will also be a vast selection of salads, vegetable dishes, cheese, and assorted appetizers. For dessert lovers, there will be an eight foot White Venetian Cream Cake. The cake will display all the logos of the sponsors and donating farmers and organizations.
I say this every year, but I think this year’s Locally Lambton dinner will be even better than last year. If you went last year, you know what kind of a treat you are in for.
The Locally Lambton dinner will take place on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at the Dante Club in Sarnia. In addition to the dinner buffet, there will also be a live and silent auction with over 30 items to bid on.
Libro Financial Group, Normand Piquette Catering and new this year, the Lambton Federation of Agriculture are dinner sponsors this year. For more information or to order tickets, call 519-336-5452 ext. 0; firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the United Way website at www.theunitedway.on.ca.
Currently, the United Way has reach 65% of the $1.85 million goal and several campaigns are underway across the county.
We are counting on the education sector again this year. All of the local schools have now kicked off including our five online campaigns within the St. Clair District Catholic School Board, and Lambton College will kickoff late next week.
I know the local educators see first-hand the need in our community and see the work of many of the United Way agencies almost on a daily basis. Currently, 46% of our available United Way funding goes to youth programs and services including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Learning Disabilities, Epilepsy, and others.