SCUGOG: On Monday, June 3, Mr. Subs Port Perry will once again be hosting their 'Subs for Seniors' promotion, with a portion of all sandwiches sold that day going towards the activity fund at the Community Nursing Home.
Although they have raised $20,175.52 over the past four years of the event, brothers Spiros and Dimos Vovos told The Standard that it's not just the money that makes the event so rewarding.
"From the start we've said that it doesn't matter if we raise $20 or $20,000 because it all makes a difference," Spiros said.
On Monday, June 3, Mr. Sub will be donating one dollar from every 12-inch sub sold, and 50 cents from every six-inch sub sold towards the activity fund at the Port Perry Community Nursing Home.
As they are quick to point out, this is not just a Mr. Sub event, as they are greatly assisted by their numerous sponsors in making the annual event so successful.
"Our sponsors are at the heart of this fundraiser because they start things off with a monetary donation, and allow us to really hit the ground running," explained Spiros.
Sponsors for 'Subs for Seniors' include: The Window Store, Mister Convenience, Monte Carlo Hair Fashion, Oak Ridge Gold Club, Captain George's, Scott Property Services, Weisflock Contracting, HMC Roofing, Global Pet Foods, Pro-Finish Floors, Engage Construction Group, RG Mechanical, BJ Short at ReMax, Fill-Up Fuels. You're So Country, M&M Meats, Port Perry Denture Clinic, Marcelle's Kitchen, Tiki Hut Tanning, Smoke Shack, Shagg's Hair and Body Works and Fitzgerald's Auto Service, with Ontario Graphic Solutions providing graphics and artwork for the promotion.
According to Spiros, aside from the great sponsors, 'Subs for Seniors' has also received great support from the community at-large since its launch in 2009.
"Part of me is surprised at how much it's grown, but not really surprised at the same time," Spiros said. "Because it's such a great, tight-knit community with great fundraising. We really believe in what we are doing, and people are already contacting us about being involved next year."
The outpouring of support makes it all worthwhile for the Vovos brothers.
"Words can't describe how great that feels. That others want to get involved and be a part of 'Subs for Seniors,'" added Spiros.
The brothers had first-hand knowledge of having a loved one living in a nursing home, when their mother spent four years in a home in Whitby.
"We saw first-hand the necessities these nursing homes need, so we decided to start a fundraiser for the activity fund at the nursing home to provide more opportunities for residents," Spiros explained. "Plus, June is Seniors Month, so it's a perfect way to kick it off."
In addition to the 'Subs for Seniors' promotion, local residents can also aid the fundraiser by participating in a donation draw until Tuesday, June 4 at 10 a.m.
There are several great prizes to be won this year, including Blue Jays tickets when they take on the New York Yankees in August, a PS3, 2013-14 Leafs tickets donated by Steven Fox of Port Perry, a round of golf for four at Oakridge Gold Club donated by the Anderson family, as well as a total of three Sony MP3 players.
For Susan Smith, Program Director at Community Nursing Home Port Perry, the fundraiser is a tremendous boost for the residents.
"Thanks to Mr. Sub, we can bring in more people to entertain residents and provide more bus trips, and really increase what we do here which then increases the quality of life here at the Nursing Home," Ms. Smith told The Standard.
Ms. Smith added that, in past years, special programs have included a visit from Zoo to You, boat cruises, bus trips and special outings, such as treks to Windreach Farm.
"The residents and I can't express our appreciation enough for what Mr. Subs does, because without these funds we wouldn't be able to do as many things that make the Community Nursing Home so special," said Ms. Smith.
Businesses that wish to make June 3 a 'sub day' and wish to pre-order subs for their company or staff are encouraged to call ahead at 905-985-1090.