Canal Bank Shuffle gives back
BY ALLISON SMITH
The Canal Bank Shuffle committee recently donated thousands of dollars to community causes.
The largest donation from the proceeds of this past fall’s blues festival was $10,000 and went to Autism Ontario’s Niagara Region chapter.
Committee chair Tim Sinnett said the organization is worthy of the thousands of dollars in donations that came through the doors at various venues over the three-day event.
Committee member Bob Liddycoat thanked the sponsors, advertisers and others who have made the Shuffle an international success.
“We can’t make a nickel or run a Shuffle without sponsors and advertisers. Without them, this doesn’t happen. We want to thank all of them.”
Tamara Coleman Lawrie, manager of the Niagara chapter of Autism Ontario, said the organization was grateful for the committee’s support, saying “a huge thank you to these guys. We’re really proud and grateful for their support.”
Donated funds help the organization keep their doors open and programs and services running for families who are impacted by autism spectrum disorder. Autism Ontario is one of the few service providers in Niagara that offer support for parents of children with autism and life skills, as well as information resources.
About 5,000 people in the region have the disorder, she said. There are specialized expenses involved because they offer a unique staff to patient ratio as some need one-to-one support. Donations help the organization keep those services affordable.
The Shuffle also donated $5,000 to the Raise the Roof campaign, an initiative spearheaded by The Blues Foundation, a U.S.-based organization dedicated to preserving blues music history, to build a Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis, TN and $1,000 to the Animal Assistance Society of Niagara Region.
The Hall of Fame will “honour all the people who gave us this great music,” said Sinnett, who added 200 artists have been inducted to the Hall of Fame.
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