Kicking off July 1 with a bang, Donna will be hosting Canada Day celebrations at her house. Be sure to wear red and white to celebrate the big 150! Thank you Donna!
There are lots of dinners to attend in July and a special fun event will be lunch at Inn on the Twenty/Winery on July 15th. It was a great event last year so we’re looking forward to another fun day in Jordan!
Golf has been scheduled again at Rock Chapel in July so if you love golf be sure to sign up when it is listed on meet up.
Halton Dance Party is revving up for the summer season too with events on July 8th, August 12th and September 9th. Be sure to purchase your ticket well in advance of each event as the dances are very popular and we have limited capacity! Just ask Dorothy for tickets and payment details.
As you’ve probably heard, the next Halton Dance Party is scheduled for March 4th and is in support of the Lions Foundation Dog Guides program. The Lions Foundation of Canada’s mission is to assist Canadians with medical or physical disabilities by providing them with Dog Guides at no cost. To do this, the Foundation operates Dog Guides Canada, a national training school and charity that assists individuals with disabilities through specialized Dog Guide programs.
This dance will have TWO special appearances – the first from Peter & the Elegants, a live 50’s and 60’s band AND a visit from some canine friends from the Dog Guides program.
If you’d like to attend, please contact Dorothy or Stephanie and let them know. Here’s an interesting video about the amazing dog guides program and the many ways canine buddies help out their human friends.
Did you know that 40,000 client visits are supported by food banks and community outreach depots in Halton every month? That’s a huge number of individuals and families to feed with limited resources, staffing and funding, but is the challenge met monthly by Food For Life.
Food for Life is a local food based charity that sources and distributes fresh and nutritious food to those in need and is the largest food redistribution network in Halton. It provides food for more than 200,000 meals per month – the equivalent to 2.5 million meals annually. As a charity that serves other charities, it supports more than 80 food banks and community food programs.
We learned about Food For Life through Dorothy and Stephanie’s other project – Halton Dance Party. Along with providing great music and a fun evening of dancing, Halton Dance Party sponsors a different Halton charity at each event. Over the past few months, funds have been raised for Carpenter Hospice, the Oakville Firefighters Toy Drive, and last month for Food For Life.
On behalf of all the attendees at the January dance, Steph and Dorothy were pleased to provide a donation of $820 to Brenda Hadju, Executive Director of Food For Life. This donation will provide the equivalent of 2460 meals – an amazing, rewarding outcome from one Saturday evening dance.
While visiting with Brenda, we went on a tour of the small warehouse that is the hub for receiving and distributing food throughout the Halton community. It is a hive of activity filled to the brim with boxes of fresh produce, meat and dairy and trucks driving up to the door to pick up food for distribution. Food for Life is unique as it focuses on redistributing fresh, nutritious food as opposed to canned and packaged foods that food banks traditionally provide. As a result, families and individuals who might not be able to afford fresh vegetables, fruit and meat in a store have access to healthy foods to feed their families.
Food For Life has a large volunteer base helping to collect and distribute food daily. A key role in the process is helping sort donated food boxes at the warehouse to prepare them for the distribution teams.
This is a great opportunity for a Widowed Friends team! Just 3 hours of a volunteer’s time once a month can help out hundreds of local families in our community. If you’d like to be part of a WFH team, watch for more details on Meetup, then join the team! We are hoping to confirm our first volunteering session in March to continue monthly. No special skills are required and no heavy lifting is needed.
To find out more about Food For Life, check out its website or read the report about the organization from Charity Intelligence, a charity rating agency that named Food For Life one of the Top Ten Charities in 2016, based on impact per dollar donated.
Thanks to everyone who attended the December 3rd Glitter and Ice Dance! Because of your participation, Stephanie and Dorothy were able to provide the Oakville Firefighters Christmas Toy Drive with a cheque for $1300 as well as a donated basket of toys.
This is one of the largest cash donations ever received by the Firefighters and will be used to buy gifts for children who may not receive any Christmas presents otherwise.
Many thanks for your generosity!
The next dance is scheduled for Saturday, January 7th, so be sure to pick up your ticket soon to avoid disappointment!
Many thanks to everyone for participating in the Glitter & Ice Dance December 3rd. Over 200 people attended and we were able to raise funds for the Oakville Firefighters Toy Drive ( cheque to be presented shortly to the Firefighters). Our next dance is January 7th so be sure to register soon to ensure your place.
The Glitter & Ice Dance December 3rd was a great success !
Over 200 people came out to have fun and raise funds for the Oakville Firefighters Annual Toy Drive. We are very grateful for the wonderful support from our local sponsors and our wonderful team of volunteers!
Our thanks to the following businesses and individuals who provided great prizes!
Our next event is scheduled for January 7th at the Knights of Columbus in Oakville. We fill up fast so be sure to get your ticket early. Email HaltonDanceParty@gmail.com or go to Meetup to get your ticket as soon as possible.
Welcome to Fall! September was a terrific month at WFH with all kinds of new events as well as some old favourites. We held 20 events which were attended by a total of 330 people!
Here are some of the highlights:
Mohawk Raceway dinner & horse racing
Wine tasting and lunch in the Niagara region
a pasta potluck ( thanks Liz!)
weekly dinners at our favourite restaurants
afternoon coffee meet ups
Wednesday night bowling, one of our most popular events! Sign up on Meetup and join the team!
Thanks to everyone for coming out and supporting our group… and a big WELCOME to all our new members!
October is shaping up to be another great month with our October 29th Halloween dance in support of Carpenter Hospice capping off the month. We suggest RSVPing for this event as soon as possible to ensure your spot, as we are expecting a big turnout.
Widowed Friends of Halton Recipe Book! We are hoping to put together a book of your favourite recipes – for one or a family. To have the book ready by Christmas we need your contributions now! Please submit your recipes to Stephanie, Dorothy or Lesley by Nov 1 2016.
Be sure to check Meetup often for upcoming events and take a look at our website and add your comments and suggestions.
Everyone had a fantastic night on Saturday August 13th at our Sizzling Summer Dance Party with 147 people attending!
We would like to thank everyone who donated prizes, food and their time to make this event come together. An extra special thanks to Julie D’Attoma – Dance for Life Instructor for our great Mambo No 5 lesson.
We truly appreciate everyone’s help and support as we continue our push to raise funds in support of Widowed Friends of Halton as well as other local community groups.
Our next dance will be October 29th at the Knights of Columbus in Oakville. For that event, we will focus on raising money for Carpenter Hospice in Burlington, which supports people and their families in our community. Thank you to all for making Halton Dance Party such a success.
Dorothy and Stephanie
A popular event for Widowed Friends of Halton is regular Latin & Ballroom Dancing lessons on Sunday afternoons in Bronte. Julie is a great teacher and we’ve all learned a few salsa moves to try out at Halton Dance Party events hosted by Stephanie and Dorothy.
Here Julie is instructing a “flash mob*” to do the salsa on Canada Day on Bronte Road in Oakville.
(*What’s a flash mob? It is a group that organizes itself to gather together in a public place, behave in a predetermined manner (like dancing) for a predetermined amount of time, and then quickly disperses.)
Widowed Friends of Halton’s first fundraising event brought 165 people to a rockin’ evening of fun. Many thanks to all those who contributed food and to our great team of volunteers who came early for set up and stayed late for clean up!
Join us for a great evening of music from the 50’s and beyond, plus Swing, Salsa and more!
Dancing Through Time is in support of Widowed Friends of Halton. This fundraising event is open to everyone, not just Widowed Friends members, so invite your friends, family and neighbours and join us for a great evening for a good cause.
Date: Saturday June 4th
Where: Knights of Columbus Hall, 1494 Wallace Rd, Oakville ( Third Line & QEW)
Time: 7:30 pm t0 11:30 pm
Cost: $20 pp, cash bar, 50/50 draw and raffle prizes
Program Details: Doors open at 6:45 /Dance Lesson 7:00 to 7:30 PM with instructor Julie D’Attoma