Kinsmen Pizza Party brings in over $13K

Kinsmen Pizza Party Event Chairman Dan Carbonnell reads off the list of donations to youth-related programs during the Kinsmen Pizza Party on March 20, 2015 at the Best Western. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Dan Carbonnell said his one wish was to break the $120,000 ceiling for the ninth year running of the Kinsmen Pizza Party.

Between the silent auction, 50-50 ticket sales and event tickets, the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall raised $13,734 Friday night at the Best Western – almost as much as was raised last year.

The generosity of the audience saw the event chair’s dream come true as a total of $121,535 has been raised in the last nine years.

There were roughly 260 people all ready to fill their tummies and judge the best pizza. A judging panel all reviewed this year’s selections from eight eateries.

Louis’ Pizzaria was chosen as the favourite by both the audience and the panel.

241 Pizza and Bobby’s Place were chosen second and third place by the judges while Bobby’s Place and Best Famous Pizza were second and third by audience votes.

Once the pizza results were in, it was only a matter of minutes before those dollars raised were flowing out to youth-related agencies.

The Eamer’s Corners Public School Spec Ops Program (a fitness and character development program) received a cheque for $2,000, The Boys and Girls Club of Cornwall/SDG received $1,000, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cornwall and District got $2,000 for their “Game On” after school program and Victim Services of SDG&A received $2,500.

There was also a special moment during the event as the Kinsmen presented a $1,000 cheque to the family of Sean Cowan, an 11-year-old Eamer’s Corners Public School student battling leukemia.

Because of his course of treatments, Sean wasn’t able to be at the event. However, Carbonnell arranged a Facetime session (a streaming video session) where the young man was able relish in the moment and the energy during the special fundraising night. The Kinsmen also arranged for pizza to be delivered to Sean’s house.

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