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The Belleville Intelligencer

Family Fun Festival raises more than $2,000 for school program

Children treated to magic moment

Monday, March 7th, 2005

By W. Brice McVicar

There was magic in the air at Tyendinaga Public School, Friday night.

Over 200 people gathered in the school's small gymnasium for the Family Fun Festival, an event featuring magic, comedy and juggling.

The show not only entertained but it also ensured children at the school will have healthy snacks available as it served as a fundraiser for the Food for Learning program.

Three world-class performers took to the stage including Evans and Evans Magic, Madame Buskerfly and Johnny Toronto, entertaining children and parents alike. All are international performers who have traveled the globe entertaining audiences.

Shelly Doyle, one of the show's organizers, said the turnout and funds raised surpassed expectations.

A grand total of $2,133 was raised and will be used toward the snack baskets located in approximately 15 classrooms at the school.

"Some schools have breakfast programs or lunch programs and we have a snack basket program," Doyle said.

"We have snack baskets ... and each week they're filled with nutritious snacks and water or juice.

"We fill them each week and they're available to any child who may have forgotten their snack or didn't have enough or whatever."

The program is administered through the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

In the past two years, the school has raised funds for the program through barbecues. This year it was decided a new formula was needed.

Doyle gave credit to parent and local business owner Bridget Sartoretto who came up with the idea of the show.

"She was the one who came up with the idea and - really - spearheaded the whole fundraising initiative," she said.

We were the very fortunate recipients of Bridget's efforts.

Intelligencer Photo by W. Brice McVicar

Johnny Toronto juggles rubber balls as he prepared for Friday night's Family Fun Festival at Tyendinaga Public School. The event was a fundraiser for the Food for Learning program at the school.