SCUGOG: The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) made the holidays brighter for many GTA organizations, on Wednesday, December 6th, by handing out over $330,000 in donations.
Over 30 organizations received donations, from the Mississaugas charitable arm, the MSIFN Donations Committee, at the annual reception.
Durham College’s “Building Something Amazing” fundraising campaign, for the construction of the Centre for Collaborative Education, received a donation of $100,000.
“I have to say how humbled I am by the generosity of this community, and Gary [Edgar] and the Scugog First Nation are an example for every community, for every organization. We really appreciate, and are really flattered with, this donation,” Durham College President Don Lovisa said at the event.
Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre also received $100,000 for expansion support.
The highest donation to a North Durham based organization at the event, was $25,000 to Community Living Durham North.
The Scugog Council for the Arts and the Scugog Sports Hall of Fame both received $5,000 donations.
“We just celebrated our 11th anniversary last month with an induction ceremony, and it wouldn’t be possible without this kind of donation yearly,” Hall of Fame Committee member Shawn Lackie said. “It allows us to bring in really nice guest speakers, and more importantly, it allows us to recognize some of the very cool sports people who have graced our presence in the Scugog area for many, many years.”
The Scugog Island Community Hall and the Scugog Island United Church each received $2,500 donations.
Some of the other donations included $5,000 to the Operation Scugog Food Bank, $5,000 to the Windreach Farm foundation, $2,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham, $2,000 to the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity, $2,000 to Community Care Durham, and $2,000 to VON Durham Hospice Services.
At the end of the event, Gary Edgar, from the donations committee, complimented all of the organizations present.
“You blow me away, with the level at which you give back to other people,” he said.