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.