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NOVEMBER IS ADOPTION AWARENESS MONTH
This November Adopt4Life is raising awareness for their goal of #AHome4EveryKid in Ontario. To fulfill its mission, Adopt4Life is organizing a silent & live auction fundraiser to raise awareness of this urgent matter.
“Ontario has nearly 7,000 children awaiting forever homes, yet ready families still wait years for matches by their local Children’s Aid Societies,” says Julie Despaties, Founder of Adopt4Life. “Too many waiting children are languishing in foster care for years without permanency.” Adopt4life is advocating on a governmental level to push for a better process.
Adopt4Life also aims to empower families who have embarked on their adoptive journey. Raising children who have experienced loss and trauma is extremely challenging, and post adoption support is essential to help prevent children from being sent back into care from adoptive homes. Currently, there is little in the way of help for new adoptive parents who are struggling.
As keynote speakers and experts in field, Christen Shepherd and Lisa Highfield, authors of The Promise: Truth from the Trenches of Adoption will shed some light on the challenges parent experience after adopting, revealing the unspoken crisis of adoption breakdowns, where children are returned to foster care after being in “forever homes.” With support, parents can overcome challenges and children will remain in loving, stable families. Ultimately children deserve parents and families are worth fighting for.
All proceeds of the evening will support Adopt4Life in their advocacy work on behalf of all children and families impacted by adoption.
Adopt4Life is Ontario’s Adoptive Parent Association, a grass roots, non-‐profit organization. They advocate at the governmental level for an improved adoption process and for better services. They also provide support and guidance to adoptive families from the moment they are “Adopt Ready” throughout their parenting journey. Adopt4Life is inclusive of ALL types of adoptive parents in Ontario, including: public, private, international, kin care, customary care and moral adoption. Adopt4Life believes Ontario can do better when it comes to forming families through adoption: Every child deserves a 4ever home. Find out more at www.Adopt4Life.com.
Julie Despaties Lisa Highfield
We are ecstatic to announce that CTV's Nick Paparella will be the MC and live auctioneer for our Adopt4Life Silent Auction Fundraiser. This is truly going to be an amazing event!! Check out our live/silent auction items on this page and come and have some fun!!
1.5hr Myo Fascial Release massage donated by Grace Thompson. Value $80.00
Lego build donated by Mastermind Toys. Value $16.00 — Mastermind Toys.
Gift certificate donated by Buffalo Wild Wings. Value $100.00 — Buffalo Wild Wings - London.
Gift certificate donated by Adventures on Wonderland. Value $25.00 — Adventures On Wonderland.
Gift certificate donated by The Only On King. Value $50.00 — The Only on King.
Ethical beef donated by James Armstrong. Value $80.00
Purdy Natural gift basket donated by Roksana Purdy. Value $40.00 — Purdy Natural.
Cranial Sacral Massage donated by Domenic Massa. Value $90.00
3 Novels: "The Promise", "Bottling Fog", and "The Flawed Farm". Donated by Christen Shepherd. Value $65.00 — Christen Shepherd
Tupperware gift basket donated by Lona Quenneville. Value $75.00
Gift basket donated by 3M. Value $250.00 — 3M Canada Company.
Truly a work of art by Tim Steven. This is an item I want to bid on:)
Is life stressing you out?!?Here is the perfect silent auction donation:) A First Sphere weekend course of instruction and practice of the Ishayas' Ascension techniques of Spiritual contemplation and awakening the value is $395.00 and courses are held regularly in London. The web site is www.thebrightpath.com.
Live Auction Item: Dinner with the authors of "The Promise" including a signed copy of the book. Starting bid $100. Donated by the co-authors Christen Shepherd and Lisa Highfield
Live auction item: Acrylic painting "Copper Flight" 36"x36" by Tim Steven. Starting bid $200. Donated by Tim Steven. www.timsteven.com
Live Auction Item: 2 day Stratford package! Includes two (2) tickets to Hamlet at the Stratford Festival (2015 season), $100 gift certificate to Pazzo's Restaurant, and a one (1) night stay for two at Play n' Chill. Starting bid $300. Donated by Bruce Whitaker
Enjoy a fun night out with 10 of your friends and win a 3 course meal made, served and cleaned up by your London Firefighters. Get ready to bid high for this! It will sell for around 2,000 or $200 a person. Great for a bachlorette party!!
Have you wanted to connect with a loved one that has passed on? Bid on a psychic reading with the amazing and talented psychic medium Tania Thomas Value $200
Golf Lovers!!! Live Auction Item - 4 passes to The Highland Golf and Country Club Value $450. Get your golf on:)
Here are some more awesome silent auction prizes! See pictures for details!
Here are some of our awesome silent auction prizes! See pictures for details. Stay tuned for more pictures!
Gift certificate donated by Cheeky Monkey. Value $50.00 — Cheeky Monkey.
2.5-3 hours of house cleaning donated by S&S Housekeeping Services. Value $120.00
Kangoo London - Five (5) classes and five (5) boot rentals donated by Paula Martin. Value $60.00 — Kangoo Club London.
Bowling for five (5) people for two (2) hours. Donated by Fleetway. Value $86.00 — Fleetway.
Hair cut at Salon Cyan donated by Mel Schmidt. Value $65.00
Gift certificate donated by Angel's Family Restaurant. Value $50.00 — Angel's Family Restaurant.
Gift certificate donated by Moxie's Grill & Bar. Value $100.00 — Moxie's Grill & Bar - London Wellington.
4 Kids' Books donated by Cache Books Inc. Value $20.00
Twelve (12) water refills (18 Litres) donated by Water Depot. Value $36.00
Salt lamp donated by Inspirations. Value $40.00
Chocolate gift basket donated by The Sweet Outlet. Value $40.00
A Silent auction item for the ladies!! SOUTH 142 generously donated a haircut and style with a high quality flat iron. Value $140
Silent auction item for Royal Douton figurines collectors donated by Jane Barrett Value $400
Live auction item: A private party performance by Jocelyn Rasmussen - 45 min of Jazz Standards, which may include holiday songs if wanted for Christmas. Starting Bid $400. Donated by Jocelyn Rasmussen. http://www.morethansinging.com/
Live Auction Item: Bayfield cottage for 5 days. Starting bid $450. Donated by Brian and GailLynn Gastaldi.
Another amazing live auction item! Get away with your family for a week to a cottage in nearby Port Stanley! Starting bid $300. Donated by Hassan Law.
Grab 10 of your friends for some sexy fun and a definite workout!! Bid and win on a pole dancing party at Studio Chic. #WhereSexyLIves. If you won the firefighter dinner you could head to a friend for dinner and wine!! #PerfectNight Starting Bid for the pole dancing party of 10 $200
Live Auction Item. Find a group of 10 friends and have a fun day trip in Bayfield at a shooting range followed by a beach BBQ. You will get to play with rifles, handguns etc. in a safe environment. Value $400. Donated by James Armstorng.
Here are some more of our silent auction prizes! See pictures for details.
Live auction item! 4 tickets to the Leafs vs. Washington Jan 7, 2015
"Chaos" Fine Art generously donated by Michael Shepherd as a silent auction item.