Past Fundraising Events

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On May 28, 2018, a tea at Marina Point to celebrate the birthdays of the Dionne Quintuplets raised funds for both North Bay Grandmothers and the Dionne Home. $10-tickets sold at the door raised a net gain of $336.70 after the home received its share and we paid the expenses.  Grandmothers baked the goodies served.

March Gladness on Sunday, March 26, 2017,  was a combination event at Trinity United Church: part concert and part authors’ afternoon.  The J.O.Y. Band, under the direction of Betty Farris and Neil Kennedy, played  at 2:30 p.m. followed by short presentations by four local published authors: Donna Sinclair, Steve Pitt, Marta Attema, and Heather Stemp.  Donna talked about the importance of reading in the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren.  The authors read brief selections from one of their works.  The afternoon ended as it began - with music - this time provided by Adam Adler and the Near North Voices.  Tea and coffee was provided after the concert by the band and goodies, by the Grans. We collected $15 at the door, over $2000, all of which was sent to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

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Fabulous Fashions by Zak’s on May 25, 2016, raised over $4400 through both tickets sales ($3700) and draw tickets (close to $750).  For more photos of this event, click here.


The sale of 90 tickets for the Dare-to-Dine dinner at the Empire on Saturday, November 7, 2015, made this a successful fundraiser.  Photo on the right above the poster features members of the Board Bunty Swanson and Mary Ann Jones.  Anne Bell, Mistress of Ceremonies appears in photo above. For more photos click here.

A garage sale at the home of Suzanne Brooks on June 13, 2015, was our summer fundraiser.

Seventeen Grandmothers and friends enjoyed their visit on Sunday, May 24, 2015, Boreal Winery of St. Charles and raised $350 for North Bay Grandmothers and The Stephen Lewis Foundation. 

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Betty Farris and the North Bay Community J.O.Y. Band offered North Bay Grandmothers the proceeds of their silver collection for their Musical Memories of the War Years concert on November 9, 2014.

The concert at Trinity United Church featured songs of World Wars I and II, a singalong, and a reception with goodies provided by the Grandmothers. The proceeds were over $2000.                                                                                                                                                       

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The July 26, 2014, North Bay Garden Tour featured eight local gardens and raised over $2000, which was divided between the North Bay CFUW club and North Bay Grandmothers for Africa.  Local artists were invited to work, feature, and sell their paintings and photographs.  The North Bay Symphony provided musicians in a number of gardens to entertain visitors.

For photos of the Garden Tour, click here


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The Dare to Dine dinner and silent auction at Average Joe's on Monday, February 24, 2014, raised $1336, $300 from the dinner, $836 from the auction, and $200 from a donation.  For more of Mary Ann Jones’s photos of the event, click here. 

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On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, we once again partnered with Zak's from Sunridge to present a fall/winter fashion show: Fabulous Fashions by Zak's.  

Ticket sales raised over $2800 for the Grannies.  The sale of bags and cards netted $115 and donations, $200.

To view Mary Ann Jones’s 50 fashion photos, click here.  For cards of thanks to the Northh Bay Grandmothers from The Stephen Lewis Foundation and St. Andrew's, click here.

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Performances of Art  June 5 to 8, 2013, raised more than $1500 for the North Bay Grandmothers.  An additional $600 was raised through the sale of bags donated by Caroline Haist's sister Marianne Wightman of Manotick, baskets from Tanzania donated by Wynne Blair, and water.  As well a number of patrons made donations to the North Bay Grandmothers.

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The play was performed by the Sunset Players featuring Rick Blair (standing), Rob McCubbin (seated at left), and Glen Blair (seated at right). 

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At left Jill Shields arranges the Grandmothers' display and at right Wynne Blair and Bunty Swanson sell tickets.


In the fall of 2012, Marianne Gomm sold pine cone Christmas ornaments made by her sister, who lives in France.  She raised over $500.

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During the last two years, seven grandmothers met once a month to make Christmas angels, shown at left by Jeanette Wilmot and Anna Petruzella.  We sold the angels at a number of church bazaars, at the fashion shows, and at Pat Stamp's annual Artist's Garden and raised approximately $4000.


Just before Mother's Day 2009cards, Art on Main invited Grandmothers to make , which sold at $10 each.  

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The July 7, 2012, North Bay Garden Tour featured eight local gardens and raised over $2000, which was divided between the North Bay CFUW club and North Bay Grandmothers for Africa.  Local artists were invited to work, feature, and sell their paintings and photographs.  The North Bay Symphony provided musicians in a number of gardens to entertain visitors.

For photos of the Garden Tour, click here.  For additional photos on the Nugget website taken by Brandi Cramer, click here

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On February 29, 2012, to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Doctor Herbert A. Bruce Chapter of the IODE held a Royal Tea at Discovery North Bay.  There was a craft session to make fascinators. Tea and refreshments were served and informal appraisals of estate jewellery, coins and silverware were available.  The museum offered a Diamond Jubilee exhibition that included a timeline of Queen’s Elizabeth’s life and details of her two visits to North Bay.  Lindsey Voisin, the museum's curator, said all the artifacts were on loan from members of the community.  Tickets were $20 each and proceeds benefitted North Bay’s Grandmothers for Africa. 

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In 2011 a ceramic piggy bank Des and Gale Anthony, owners of Creative Learning, used in their store raised funds for the Grandmothers.

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On February 11, 2010, safari evening Pearls, a Main Street jewellery store, offered a to raise funds for the Grandmothers.

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North Bay Grandmothers raised funds by participating in two fashion shows, both featuring clothes from from Zak's of Sundridge.  The first took place on May 12, 2009, in St. Andrew's United Church; the second, on May 3, 2011.  For more photos of the May 2011 Fashion Show, click here.


For the second time, North Bay Grandmothers for Africa hosted Dare to Dine at Average Joe's November 22, 2011, from 5 to 7 p.m.  Average Joe's donated 5 per cent of each meal to the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers Campaign. Diners ordered from the regular menu or were dared to try a spicy African special. 

The evening also featured live entertainment and a silent auction.


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In October 2009, the Sunset Players invited the North Bay Grandmothers and the North Bay AIDS Society to promote the play Einstein, to provide ushers, and to sell tickets each of the four nights of the performance.  Funds raised were divided between the two groups.