Festival donates $47,500 to local groups


There was no fog when it came to giving back.

The Festival of Giving (FoG) committee recently handed out $47,500 in funds to three local non-profit organizations.

The bulk of the funds raised from the Retro Rewind event that took place in June at Sons of Kent, $35,000, are earmarked for the Chatham-Kent Youth Wellness Hub Ontario (YWHO), formerly Access Open Minds. YWHO is a walk-in, one-stop shop for youth, ages 12-25 to connect with mental health supports, substance use care, primary care, housing, and other community and social services.

The FoG committee also donated $10,000 to the Thamesville Sertoma Club and $2,500 to Santa for Seniors.

FoG, following three years of virtual festivals, returned in face-to-face form this year, and had a new venue, Sons of Kent.

The event also broke away from the Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation, as the foundation opted to focus on more of a “for the kids” theme.

FoG chairs Chris McLeod and Tim Regan opted to keep the popular fundraiser going, established a new committee, and new fundraising focus.


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