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Saturday, August 15, 2015

$105,000 Raised for Fire Victims

Owen Sound | by Manny Paiva  

Bayshore Broadcasting Radiothon raises $105,000; nearly $150,000 for fire victims.

The residents of Owen Sound and Grey Bruce showed their true colours by raising $105,000 for the victims of the arson fires that terrorized the City.

That is how much money was raised in less than 12 hours during the Bayshore Broadcasting Fire Victims Radiothon on 560 CFOS, Country 93 and MIX 106.5.

The pledges started rolling in at 7 AM and wrapped up by the dinner hour with an astounding amount of money raised in partnership with the United Way of Bruce Grey.

Executive Director Francesca Dobbyn could only say "absolutely wow" at the result.

Hundreds of people also lined up for a barbeque to help raise money for the fire victims.

41 people -- including 12 children -- have been left homeless by Monday's pre-dawn fires, and eight of the families have no insurance.

Combined with the $40,000 raised earlier this week -- Dobbyn says they now have close to $150,000 to support the 30 people from the eight families with no insurance.

Bruce Power President and CEO Duncan Hawthorne made a personal donation of $10,000 to the fire victims.

Hawthorne tells Bayshore Broadcasting News the woman who took her call initially didn't believe his pledge.

He adds the community should sleep well, knowing they have done something positive.

The Community Foundation Grey Bruce also donated $10,000 to the fire victims.

Executive Director Aly Boltman says the money is from the Eva Leflar Donor Advised Endowment Fund.

Boltman says Leflar would have wanted to support the families, especially children, in need.

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker secured $5,000 from the Insurance Bureau of Canada who wanted to help in such an unprecedented case.

The Owen Sound Fire Department and the Owen Sound Police Association each donated $2,000 as well.

There was even a donation of $500 from a donor in Lithuania.

There are several other events taking place in support of the fire victims.

A bake sale is scheduled for Sunday at 10 AM at the Zehr's grocery store in Owen Sound.

The Legion in Owen Sound will be a place to drop off any donations, from 9 AM to 5 PM beginning Sunday to Saturday.

Any items not needed by the victims will be sold, each day -- and that money will be divided equally to the victims.

A musical benefit is set for Saturday August 22nd at the Best Western Inn on the Bay.

Organizers expect it to run from 1 PM until 5 PM, with a silent auction and refreshments.

For a list of performers, check their facebook page at

Heritage Place in Owen Sound is also collecting items for the fire victims.

Chatters Salon in Owen Sound will hold a Cut-A-Thon this Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM with a $10 minimum donation.

All proceeds to go to help the fire victims of Owen Sound.





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