PORT McNEILL—Thanks in part to some pleasant fall weather and a large number of phoned pre-orders, Community Futures of Mount Waddington shattered its previous high contribution to the Gazette Hamper Fund in its annual barbecue and open house Sept. 14.
The event, staffed by CFMW staff and featuring goods donated by Port McNeill businesses and service groups, raised $1,200 for the Hamper Fund, easily eclipsing the $450 raised one year earlier.
Following the event, which featured salmon burgers and hamburgers, CFMW director David Mitchell presented a cheque to Gazette publisher Sandy Grenier.
The Hamper Fund has provided food and toys to needy North Island families for the past 32 years. Businesses, service groups, sports associations and many individuals hold special fund-raising events to contribute, with most of the events occurring from September through November.
The Community Futures barbecue was supported by donations from Island Foods, The Sportsman, Sointula Wild Seafoods, Bargain Shop, Ministry of Forests, Sunset Elementary School and Top Island Econauts.