Successful Fundraiser

On Saturday, May 26, DurhamCLEAR held a successful Dinner/Dance at the Garnet Rickard Complex. Approximately 100 enthusiastic supporters attended.

The event was a  zero-waste event - designed as a demonstration that zero-waste was achievable - everything was reusable, recyclable or compostable.

The low ecological impact theme was carried forward by our keynote speaker, Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario, who came to Bowmanville by GO Train in order to keep his carbon footprint to a minimum.

Volunteers were an essential part of our success. Tracy Leadbetter organized the kitchen and serving and was assisted by: Kitchen: Keri Davey, Michelle Payne, Jeff Mariani, Tracey Ali, Donna Moriarty, Franca de Kever; Servers: Riley Kettner, Keith Mayhew-Hammond, Tracey Ali, Nicole Cabral, Morgaine van Loon. Emerald Hawkley helped out with the table dressing.

Libby Racansky helped greet people as they arrived and checked their names off. Bert Kortekaas, Pam Callus, Jim Osborne, Kim Neal and Susann Anderson also contributed in various capacities.

Music was provided by guitarist Alfie Latanski, and Hubertus de Kever was the DJ.

Corporate donations were received from

  • Rekker's Garden Centre who provided a plant for every table
  • INDACO who provided Bag-To-Nature composting bags for all the diners
  • AND, most importantly Ellen Cowan of Cowan Pontiac Buick who donated a travel certificate which was auctioned off - with Councillor Joe Neal as the top bidder at $750. Full proceeds will go to our legal fund

A door prize was drawn and was won by environmental journalist, Stephen Leahy of Uxbridge. The prize - a rain barrel - was donated by the CAW-Durham Region Environtal Council.

We cleared between $3,000 and $4,000 which will go towards paying our lawyers.