St. Clair Thames Student’s Inc. Have Some Fun for United Way

Emilee Ritzer, Special Events Director, and TSI President Alexandra Fraser enjoy some tasty chili.

The Thames Student’s Inc. (TSI) has organized two-weeks full of activities for students and staff in support of the campus’ annual United Way fundraising campaign.

 The week began with an agency fair in the lobby to educate students and staff about the agencies, programs and services supported by United Way’s Community Fund. 

On Wednesday, students, staff and faculty participated in a Chili Cook-off, either cooking their own special recipe or voting on which chili was most delicious. After all ballots were tallied, the winning chili was “Moto Moto Chili”, made by faculty member Dr. Andrea Belanger. Second place went to “Massive Amounts of Beans” made by BScN nursing student, CJ Ziriada.  There was a tie for third place between “Poco Picante”, contributed by Office Administrative General-Medical student, Melissa Minogue and “Notorious P.I.G.” made by TSI President, Alexandra Fraser. 

Next up, on Thursday TSI organized an “Everyday Hero” photo booth.  For a donation to United Way, friends dressed up in superhero wear and had their photos taken. DAS Photo Booth provided all the accessories and will be matching all donations made at this event. 

Upcoming activities include an outdoor movie, next Wednesday, November 12, 2014, where they will be showing “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, with complimentary hot chocolate and popcorn.  Entry to the movie night is a donation.  On Friday, November 14, 2014, TSI is hosting a Dodgeball Tournament.  Teams can sign up for $25 at the Student Centre.  There will some great prizes for the winning teams!  For $2.00 or a canned good, come out and watch the staff and students of St. Clair College face off in this fun event!  There will be two very special guest referees. You won’t want to miss it! 

For more information please contact Erica Kitchen at 519-354-0430 or


United Way Campaign Co-chairs announce … “CHRISTMAS AT THE LINKS”

Campaign Co-Chairs, Dean and Margery Muharrem today announced a new fundraising initiative – designed specifically to celebrate local talent and generate funds for this year’s United Way campaign. 

Featuring an ever popular FASHION SHOW by GENTRY MANOR with support from various local artisans and retailers, this beautifully staged pre-holiday extravaganza will feature a live and silent auction, unique artisan gifts, door prizes, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment (bring your dancing shoes!) by The ShakeBand. 

The event will be held in the elegant new addition at the Links of Kent Golf and Event Centre, 120 Indian Creek Road, Chatham from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 27, 2014. 

While confirmations are still coming in from area artists and artisans, participants so far include: 

Brenda Braun – amazing jewellery / surreal artwork
Regine – chocolates
Julie Faas – jewellery
River Bell Market Garden – organic food baskets
For Every Home – scented candles
Bag Lady Diva – handbags and accessories
VaDabyPri – knit neck ware from local wools
Rural Roots Scrub – body scrubs, etc.
Steeped Teas – specialty teas
Steph Temesy – soaps, candles
Val and Bob West – art photography
Kathy Anderson’s “Forks & Fashion” – jewellery and accessories
Threads ‘n Things – fibre art and children’s clothing
Snuggle Bug – kids stuff 

“This is a “combo” affair”, said Margery Muharrem, “bringing together two popular events held last year – ‘Christmas at the Winery’ (held for the past three years at Smith & Wilson Winery) and the ‘Runway Gala’”.  “We hope to attract a crowd of individuals who want to do a bit of Christmas shopping … and then relax and enjoy a busy pre-holiday evening with friends and co-workers”. 

Tickets for “Christmas at the Links” are $50.00 per person (with a $20.00 income tax receipt) and can be purchased at Gentry Manor in Chatham, Links of Kent Golf and Event Centre in Chatham, Mitton’s Jewellers in Ridgetown and United Way offices in Chatham, Wallaceburg and Tilbury. 

Net proceeds from the event will be invested in 30 local charitable agencies, program and services for over 36,000 residents throughout Chatham-Kent. 

For additional information, please contact Karen Kirkwood-Whyte at 519-354-0430 or e-mail

“L’il Red” is winging its way to you!

Dean Muharrem announces the start of their 2014 Direct Mail Campaign. “Our 2014 Fundraising Campaign is in full swing and we’re counting on support from all of our current, past and first time contributors to achieve this year’s goal.

Many people choose to donate using the mail. For this reason we are sending our annual pledge request to previous donors. We’re sure you can appreciate how much your continued support means to the success of this year’s campaign. Please participate in 2014 by returning the convenient “L’il Red” envelope. You will be helping more than 30 agencies, programs and services to support one-in-three residents in Chatham-Kent – 24/7 – 365 days a year.”

For those who prefer to donate online, offers a private and secure donation alternative. Or you can drop into a United Way office, email or call to make your own, specific and personal donation arrangements.“All donations to the 2014 United Way Campaign will help” says Muharrem. “By now, you may also have heard about our Everyday Hero Campaign. For just one dollar a day, or a minimum gift of $365.00 annually, you will be celebrated as an Everyday Hero. Together – we can continue meaningful and lasting change in Chatham-Kent. We’d love to hear from you. After all …It’s a great day to change lives!”

For additional information or to find out how you can become involved with the 2014 campaign contact Chatham-Kent Co-Chairs for 2014 Dean and Margery Muharrem (519) 436-5674 (519) 784-2511