Fundraiser helps less fortunate in community

When area residents experience financial hardship, and fall through the cracks, fortunately CONTACT Community Services offers resources for housing, employment and a thrift store.

But just like CONTACT is there to fill needed gaps, they rely on donations to fill their budget gap. One way they’ve reached out to locals for this cause is through the Denim and Diamond fundraiser. This year, its second, will take place Oct. 21, at the Alliston Memorial Arena.

It is one of two fundraising events they hold throughout the year in support of the services they offer to the community.

“Denim and Diamond is basically all the fun of a Buck and Doe, without the bride and groom,” says Nicole Petrocco, Fundraising and Communications Coordinator. The event also features a silent auction and a raffle.

Their live band, Dysfunctional House Band, have also donated their DJ services for the evening, as have the local business community who are providing the food.

They have a few sponsors lined up with They have a few lined up with Dominion Farms in Bradford, RBC Alliston, Sierra Glass and Gary Laasko Financial Services, Alliston Lion’s Club, Gary Laakso Financial Services, Dominion Farms Produce Ltd., Drury Funeral Centre, The Jordan Team, and Royal LePage. Local station 92.1 myFM is their radio sponsor, while The Alliston Herald newspaper has stepped up as the print media sponsor.

Around 150 people attended their first event last year, and they hope to sell 200 tickets this time.

Tickets ($25 per person or $40 a pair) are available in three locations: The Clothes Line, and CONTACT’s admin office in Alliston, and at bradford WORKS in Bradford.

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Photo: Dysfunctional House Band’s Peter Albanese performing at 2016 Denim and Diamonds event

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