By KIRAN MALIK-KHAN, Connect Contributor
Santa would have been impressed. The Hub Family Resource Centre’s inaugural Milk & Cookies gala had enough of both snack items to not only keep the jolly guy happy, but the many families in attendance.
The event was held on July 24, 2015 at École McTavish Junior High School, and raised an estimated $6000. All proceeds go back to the Centre in support of programming.
A social profit organization, The Hub provides free activities for children zero to six. It offers over 10 programs ranging from parenting, yoga, and safe visitation and exchange, which provides children of shared custody parents with the opportunity to see each parent.
Last year, The Hub provided free programming and services to 5,600 individuals in the region.
Many parents and children alike were seen in fancy outfits. A root beer happy hour, and fun photo booth were the highlights of the event, which also saw a silent auction on the agenda. There was dancing, games, and crafts available as well.
Cordella Welshman oversees special events for The Hub. She’s been with the group for six years, and explains the gala was a fundraiser to help reach their fund development goal.
“We started in 2003. All proceeds go back to The Hub to help keep our doors open. We were aiming for 400 kids, but we hit 200 in an hour,” enthused Welshman.
L. Elliott Pierre attended the event with his family, and said he was glad to support an organization that does so much for the community.
“My son is nine months old. My wife utilized The Hub for great programs like Baby Massage and Baby and Me. These classes were a lifesaver for a new mom that was transitioning from work to staying at home as the winter months approached.
The gala was a really fun family event that allowed us to show our support for The Hub as a family. The whole concept was a very cute idea, and we loved dressing our little boy, Keegan, for the occasion,” shared Pierre.
Originally a component of The Hub’s Junebug festival, Milk & Cookies was launched as a pilot event. However, the future is bright for the event.
“I can see it happening in the future; and want to thank everyone for supporting us with back to back events. Junebug festival was only a few weeks ago. Fundraising is a big part of what we do, or we won’t be able to provide programming,” said Welshman.
Visit http://thehubfrc.ca/ for more information on programs and upcoming events.