Quota International of Barrie has hit on a successful formula for new fundraisers. They hosted a Ladies Night Out, just in time for Christmas shopping. The evening event featured 25 different vendors, a silent auction, live music, cash bar, appetizer stations and lots of prizes.

“We’re always looking for new events to fundraise,” said club member Joan Jackman. “Funds from this event are going to local organizations that support hearing impaired and disadvantaged women and children.”

The event raised $1,500 and all the funds will be used locally. While the mandate of the club is to support the empowerment of disadvantaged women and children, the deaf and those with speech difficulties, they also help individuals to buy hearing aids, power chairs, and other items, depending on available funds.

Every year, the Bob Rumball Camp for the Deaf at Parry Sound receives a donation. This year, Quota was able to send five children to the summer camp. The club also hosts a huge senior’s picnic in June for shut-ins and residents of retirement and nursing homes at the Southshore Centre. It’s been held every summer since 2003.

Meaghan Maitin, whose mother is a Quota member, came up with the idea for the Ladies Night Out fundraiser. Vendor space sold out quickly.

“Not very many of these events happen on a Friday night so it’s good,” she said. “Big shout out to the community for all their donations.”

Vendors represented a cross-section of new and established businesses and services, some on-line only while others had storefronts. For Julie Bateman, it was a good opportunity to showcase her new online women’s activewear boutique.

“I always had a hard time finding clothing to work out in,” she said. The graphic designer founded the enterprise by making and printing her own designs and it grew by word of mouth. The company is named after her roller-derby moniker, Annie Asskicker. She has since retired from the South Simcoe Rebel Rollers.

The Starving Artists donated their time to entertain at the event. Maitin has known members of the band since her high school days at Barrie Central Collegiate. The four-piece group plays cover songs for weddings and events and has recorded their own music that they perform at local clubs.

The largest fundraiser of the year is the New Year’s Eve dance, which takes place at the Southshore Centre and, once again this year, it includes free rides home within the Barrie area. It takes place on Dec. 31 and includes a light buffet and music. Proceeds go to charity. For tickets, call 705-728-6273 or 705-737-2639.

Photo: Quota International of Barrie hosted a new Ladies Night Out Fundraiser on Nov. 2. From the left are club members Joan Jackman, Linda Kranich, Marie Giberson, Anne Ollikainen and Sandy Joy.

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