The funds continue to roll in for the annual CFOS-Sun Times Christmas Fund Broadcast.
As of Thursday, the 79th annual broadcast had passed its $25,000 goal and was less than $1,000 away from surpassing the 2017 event, with a total of $26,572 raised for 23 local organization and charities. A total of $27,507 was raised from the 2017 broadcast.
The actual broadcast was held on Dec. 2, with more than 30 musical acts taking to the stage of the Roxy Theatre in downtown Owen Sound, but donations continue to be collected into January each year. Those still wanting to donate can do so by visiting any Royal Bank of Canada branch in Grey-Bruce. RBC is managing the fund and issuing charitable receipts.
Funds raised from this year’s broadcast will again go to support a wide range of local charities and organizations. The first $5,000 raised is going to the $4.7-million MRI Campaign being conducted by Grey Bruce Health Services’ five hospital foundations.
The other two big recipients this year is Big Brothers Big Sisters Owen Sound and the Rainbow Program for traumatized children by the local chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association, both of which will receive $2,500.
The remaining funds raised beyond the first $10,000 will be split evenly among the 20 other recipients. They include the Beaver Valley Outreach food bank in Thornbury, Bruce Grey Child and Family Services Foundation, Brucelea Haven in Walkerton, Gateway Haven in Wiarton, Golden Town Outreach food bank, Grey-Bruce Autism, Grey-Bruce Women’s Centre in Owen Sound, Grey Gables in Markdale, Keystone Residence Program for Youth at Risk, Lee Manor in Owen Sound, the Owen Sound Hunger and Relief Effort, Owen Sound firefighters toy drive, Inter Township firefighters toy drive, Rockwood Terrace in Durham, Salvation Army food bank in Owen Sound, Safe ‘N Sound homelessness initiative in Owen Sound, St. John Ambulance, Victim Services Grey-Bruce and Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey.
To raise funds for this year’s broadcast, the Sun Times published Wildlife of Grey-Bruce and Birds of Grey-Bruce calendars, which have now sold out. Bayshore Broadcasting also auctioned off a Florida resort vacation, with all funds raised going to the broadcast.