Fundraiser Wrap-Up


Proceeds from the Friends, Food & Fun…raising! event held earlier this month have topped $55,000 in support of Ottawa Friendship House. More than $34,000 was confirmed as final numbers from ticket sales, raffles and live auction purchases were tallied.

Additional funding was pledged by Linda and Mike Mussallem, the daughter and son-in-law of one of the agency’s original founders. Linda’s mother Jane McCormick, who helped lay the groundwork for Ottawa Friendship House in 1966, was honored at the event.  She is also the namesake of the agency’s newest residential home purchased this past December.

Prior to the event’s live auction performed by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers (shown in the accompanying photo), event organizers announced that the Mussallems would match funds generated from the evening up to $20,000.  Their contribution would ensure that the Jane McCormick Home could be fully furnished for the six consumers slated to move in this spring.

Also contributing to the overall fundraising total was a $1,000 donation in recognition of Jane, presented that evening by her fellow church members from Christ Episcopal in Ottawa.  The event was held at the Ottawa Knights of Columbus in celebration of the agency’s 50th anniversary. A brief video honoring the organization was also unveiled. It can be viewed online by clicking here.

Annual Fundraiser

Last year’s annual fundraiser raised over $26,000 in support of Ottawa Friendship House.  Celebrate 50 years of friendship with us in 2016 and help us beat last year’s record fundraising amount!

This year’s “Friends, Food and Fun… raising!” is scheduled for Thursday, March 10 at the Ottawa Knights of Columbus Hall.  Click here to learn more.

Agency Highlights (Winter ’16)

  • Local storyteller Bill Myer provided entertainment as part of the Bridge to Friendship program coordinated with Marquette Academy students.
  • Starved Rock Harley Davidson sponsored a Christmas Dance for the consumers.
  • A number of consumers took part in a dental clinic offered by Dr. Jason Grinter.
  • Our annual Christmas Luncheon featured a magic show by John and Barbara Meyers.
  • This year’s Christmas mailer tallied over $24,000 in donations!