I’m not sure how to describe the level of gratitude I feel for the success of this evening – but this photo represents that level very well. Raising money for the RVH Foundation for youth mental health and Ivegotyourback911 was a tiny dream I had a few months ago. With that dream a team of friends immediately stepped up to help in any way they could to make it come true.

Sean McCann and Michael Landsberg agreed to be a part of the night and ticket sales soared. Zach Hofer and his family agreed to be guests of honour and sponsors from all over the community donated money and gift for the silent auction almost on a daily basis. I could barely keep up with the abundance of love that was headed my way – but if there is something you need to keep up with, it’s love.

Dignitaries, CEO’s and service Chiefs attended. People travelled not only from out of province, but also from out of country to attend. Extended and close family that I haven’t seen in years attended as well. (Pictured- Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman, RVH CEO Janice Skot, MP John Brassard, Chief of Staff at House of Commons Shawn T Bubel, Barrie City Councillors Arif Khan, and Andrew Prince and radio celebrity Ozz).

Zach was awarded a Community Hero Award.

And I had a room filled with 300 people sing happy birthday to me – twice! Tears were difficult to hold back. It was literally one of the most amazing nights of my life.

I couldn’t have done this without the time and dedication of so many volunteers. Heather Down, Katherine Pomerleau, Maud Revel, Andrea Logan, Nicole Pavlovic, Kim Forster, Charlene Haines, Caroline Harris, John Fraser, and Mindy and Chris Piva to name a few.

Heather and I have already started to chat about ideas for next year’s event. That’s how we roll. Lol.

I will be announcing the funds raised soon! I can’t wait to share that! But the rough estimate is $13,000!

Once again from the bottom of my heart – to a community filled with love – thank you!