A couple weeks ago I started getting questions from residents about what they could do and how they could help with the unbelievably devastating situation in the Ukraine but I didn’t have an answer. I emailed members of Council and Administration and suggested a fundraiser, which received unanimous support. A date was set for April 5, 2022.
As soon as I made the announcement on Facebook, the support started coming in — From an individual who gave $1000 to get started, to the Knights of Columbus who offered to prepare and serve pasta. To Vernon’s Tap & Grill who offered to help cook, to Kings Landing Catering that supplied salad and rolls.
To Mike who brought the burners for the chafing dishes, to the restaurants who provided takeout containers. To New Designs who made support ribbons and K n’ A Designs who made T-shirts, and Beth Ann who made signs for photos.
To Colasanti’s for juice and Meleg’s for cider and Red Lantern for coffee, and Jump Realty for sponsorship. To Kingsville Chartwell and Sun Brite and Highbury Canco for pasta and sauce. To Carmen for decorating, to the Pathfinders and the Kingsville Community Food Bank crew.
To Sue and Mary and Charlotte and family and friends and strangers who showed up to volunteer. To KDHS for the generous donation from Hat Day to the students who showed up to help. To the businesses and individuals who donated amazing door prizes that just kept coming in.
To the artists who painted sunflowers and tributes to Ukraine and donated beautiful works. To the Town staff who set up and cleaned up, to Mayor Nelson Santos, Deputy Mayor Gord Queen, and councillors who pitched in.
Almost everything needed for the event was donated by local businesses and individuals. Service clubs and caring citizens showed up and volunteered. Members of local churches and others baked a ton of delicious treats that sold out. T-shirts, support ribbons and sunflowers were sold by local business to raise funds.
Local artists and artisans donated over 50 pieces of art for a silent auction. Residents of Kingsville and surrounding communities came out to show their support and were extremely generous.
The Pasta Dinner and Fundraiser for Ukraine at the Grovedale Arts & Culture Centre in Kingsville was a huge success. We planned to serve around 300 meals but we believe it was about 675 meals. More than $25,000 was raised! All funds raised are going through the Town of Kingsville through the Canadian Red Cross to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.
Well done Kingsville! You showed how people can come together to do something incredible. You said you wanted to help and you did.
Photos by Laura Lucier