There has been a lot of buzz on the streets of Windsor about who is attending “Sports& Sparkle – The Main Event,” a gala style evening with a twist hosted by the Brain Injury Association of Windsor/Essex County (BIAWE) on March 29 at the Caboto Club.
“We have been getting calls and emails about which sports and sparkle celebrities are attending,” says Melanie Gardin, President of the association. “I can tell you that hockey’s favourite father, professional football players, and Miss Canada 2012 are just a few of the special guests who will be signing autographs and posing for photos at the event.”
Dedicated volunteers have been planning this one of a kind occasion since early 2013 and the anticipation is building as the event draws near. Superbowl Champ Luke Wilson was recently added to the celebrity list.
“We are optimistic that “Sports & Sparkle – The Main Event” will become our largest fundraising event,” says Gardin. “Funds raised will support local programs and services for families and children, and $10 from each ticket sold will support the BIAWE program, Helmets on Kids. We hope to create more awareness about concussions and educate the public about who to call when they need help with a brain injury diagnosis and treatment.”
“Brain Injury is the leading killer and disabler of people under the age of 45 and is usually predictable and preventable,” adds Laura Kay, Executive Director for BIAWE. “The Brain Injury Association of Windsor & Essex County is committed to enhancing the lives of residents of Windsor and Essex County affected by acquired brain injury through education, awareness and support. ”
“Sports & Sparkle – The Main Event” takes place at the Caboto Club with a meal to remember, sports demonstrations and a silent auction and more! This evening has all the makings of a gala with fine food, entertainment and décor with options on your attire (sports and/or sparkle) and interactive games for prizes.
Picture walking into the venue with cheerleaders cheering, drummers drumming and people dressed in team jerseys and others in semi-formal attire – the Pep Rally atmosphere is sure to set the mood. Local band, The Brilliancy, plays after dinner, followed by dancing with DJ Mr. D.
As well, the “Sports & Sparkle” auction will likely be one of the most memorable parts of the evening along with a signed Gordie Howe jersey up for grabs!
The $85 tickets are expected to sell out quickly for this one of a kind event, so be sure to purchase yours early.
For tickets/sponsorship information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their website: BIAWE.com/Sports-Sparkle-March-29-2014 or the “Facebook” event pageto find out who is confirmed and for sneak peak highlights.
Disney Live! is launching a Canadian tour with stops in 11 Canadian cities including Windsor. Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and your favourite Disney friends for a hilarious talent search in Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show.
Featuring classic characters in an original storyline, this all-new stage production from Feld Entertainment, the producers of Disney On Ice, plays WFCU Centre in Windsor March 7-8/14. Tickets are on salenow via www.wfcu-centre.com or by calling 1-866-969-9328.
Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy set out on a zany road trip where audiences join in and help find the coolest acts around. Along the way, hit a high note with Cinderella; get your bounce on with Tigger; and shout out your loudest “yee-haw” at a hoedown with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear from Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story! Grab your family for a fun-filled getaway at this live, show-stopping adventure jam-packed with unexpected twists, turns and hijinks —right in your hometown!
Windsor Ticket Prices &Showtimes:
$45 / $34 / $24 / $19 (Additional fees may apply)
March 7/14 –3pm & 6pm
March 8/14 – 11am & 3 pm
Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show kicks off in Vancouver February 21stand will be playing in 10 other Canadian cities. To learn more aboutDisney Live!, visit www.disneylive.caor on Facebook or YouTube.
The WEAs are coming. Windsor Endowment for the Arts is looking for creative individuals and organizations to participate in its awards and grants program – known as The WEAs. With four awards of merit and nine monetary grants totaling $18,000 to be presented this spring, the process begins Monday January 27, 2014 and closes on Friday March 7, 2014. Forms, instructions, a list of previous recipients, and other relevant information can be found on WEA’s website at www.wea-arts.com.
Individual grants of $2,000 will be disbursed to winning grant applicants from eight separate categories including community, literary, performing and visual arts. In addition, the Elizabeth Havelock Grant, established to honour a mid-career artist, will be awarded 2,000. Four awards of merit will be presented honouring nominated leaders in visual, literary, performing and community arts.
Since its launch in 2010, WEA’s Awards and Grants program has honoured and funded a diverse range of homegrown talent from Windsor and Essex County including the following:
Broken City Lab Artist Collective
Local artist: Shirley Williams
Local musician : Crissi Cochrane
Local writer: Vanessa Shields
John Morris Russell, former Musical Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra
Lenora Langs, internationally recognized poet
Performing artist: Chris Rabideau
Media City Film Festival
Nancy Johns Gallery & Framing
Award and grant recipients will be announced at The WEAs Ceremony to be held on May 8, 2014.
LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR FOOD AND HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR FAMILY!
World renowned scientist and author of the bestseller 'Corrupt to the Core, 'Dr. Shiv Chopra' will be speaking in Windsor/Essex on January 26 & 27. His reason for this visit is to expose five dangerous food production practices in Canada, and to show us ways we can lessen their damaging health effects.
'GMO Free Windsor/Essex' is excited to announce they're bringing Dr. Chopra, and his "Five Pillars of Food Safety" to our area.
There will be 3 presentations: Sunday, Jan 26 at the Unifor Hall at 1855 Turner Rd. from 2 - 4pm, Monday, Jan 27 at Coopers Hawk Vineyards, 1425 Iler Rd, Harrow from 1 - 3pm, and again on Monday the 27th at The Caboto Club, Parent at Tecumseh from 7 - 9pm.
Dr. Chopra, a scientist with Health Canada for 25 years, became more and more disillusioned with the influence big industry was gaining over the offices he worked for. He will expose food production practices approved here in Canada, which for reasons of public health (and animal welfare) are banned in all of Europe.
This is an interactive afternoon/evening. There will be a lengthy period after the talk(s) for your questions and opinions, and there will be take home literature to help you implement ideas for a healthier future.
There is no fee for attendance, but donations are welcome to help cover costs, and continue this message until 'healthy' changes are made at the highest levels.
To register for a specific venue, https://www.facebook.com/GMOFreeWindsorEssex or For more information, email: email@example.com
Winter is here and that means Winter Bites Restaurant Week is back!
During Winter Bites Restaurant Week, January 13 to January 19, 2014, diners can visit participating restaurants and indulge in a 3-course meal for only $10 or $15 for lunch or $25 or $35 for dinner. Each restaurant will offer a unique Winter Bites menu where diners can select from a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts.
“Winter Bites Restaurant week is a highly anticipated event and this year we have more restaurants participating than ever before,” explains Adriano Ciotoli, co-owner of WindsorEats Culinary Guide. “Many restaurants that participate create new items specifically for the week and place them on the Winter Bites menu. It’s the perfect time to try a new eatery or just revisit your favourite restaurant.”
Over 30 restaurants are participating including Honey Badger Bistro, El Patron Taqueatery, Foia Ristorante, The Gourmet Emporium, Rosa’s Italian Restaurant and more. Eat and Win!
This year diners can pick up a Winter Bites Restaurant Week passport at participating restaurants and eat to win. Visit 3 participating restaurant during Winter Bites Restaurant Week, order from the Winter Bites menu and receive a stamp on the Winter Bites passport.
Collect 3 stamps and submit your passport to any participating restaurant for a chance to win some great prizes!
Diners can pick up can pick up a Winter Bites Passport at participating restaurants starting the first week of January or download a passport at www.winterbites.ca A complete listing of participating restaurants and menus can be found at www.winterbites.ca
Reservations are recommended to ensure a seating upon your arrival. The meals are per person and do not include beverages, taxes or tip.
Stewardship is one of the most undervalued and underemployed stages of the donor cultivation process. When most organizations speak of stewardship, they are referring to public expressions of gratitude, visibly displaying the names of their biggest supporters or perhaps mailing copies of their annual report to their most avid benefactors. Some non-profit groups view stewardship as an activity that is reserved strictly for its major donors (usually people or groups who give in excess of $500 annually) which tragically results in the loss of several entry-level and intermediate supporters who take their generosity elsewhere.
Effective stewardship practices do not focus on one segment of donors at the expense of one another, but acknowledges the collective investments of supporters from all giving levels. Effective stewardship practices do not involve a passive approach of thanking and communicating with donors only at certain times of the year, but engages supporters several times throughout the calendar year so they increasingly develop an affinity for the organization’s mission. Most importantly, effective stewardship does not allow treasured donors get away, but it keeps them coming back!
Stewardship is the missing link in many charitable organizations’ cultivation strategies and is the link to long-term sustainability. By participating in this workshop, registrants will learn how stewardship connects donors with the mission and vision of their organizations they support. Registrants will also develop an understanding of how stewardship transforms a donor’s passive interest into passion for the cause. Best of all, registrants will see that stewarding relations with donors is a role that everyone within the organization can play.
Among the lessons that registrants will learn by enrolling in this session:
The differences between recognizing and stewarding donors;
How and why stewardship is such an important component of the donor cultivation process;
How stewardship can solidify and advance relations with current donors and revitalize ties with lapsed supporters;
How to utilize stewardship to procure financial and in-kind support from corporate donors, foundations, service clubs and other institutional supporters;
How organizations can methodically and strategically track relations with individual and institutional donors;
The range of stewardship techniques and strategies that anyone within an organization can employ to advance relationships with all donors.
TWO (2) AVAILABLE DATES:
1)Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 OR 2) Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
PRESENTER: Mike Paquet, Principal, People First Resource Development
TARGET AUDIENCE: Staff, board members, clients, past board members, former staff members, community partners and volunteers from small to large non-profit organizations.
During his 20-year career in fund development, Mike Paquet has helped several community-based and grassroots non-profit groups throughout Southern Ontario to implement long-term sustainable fundraising and resource development programs. Driven by the concept that “people give to people”, Mike has enabled several organizations to discover the enormous potential of major gift fundraising. Currently, Mike is the Principal of People First Resource Development and remains steadfastly committed to guiding non-profit groups towards long-term viability by emphasizing the importance of cultivating strong relations with individual and institutional donors in the community.
COST: $120 (Lunch, coffee, tea and refreshments are included. Payment may be made by cash or cheque). Please make cheques payable to “People First Resource Development”.
TO REGISTER: Call to reserve your space at (905) 318-6130. You may also reserve your space by sending an email to the attention of Mike Paquet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help Canadians celebrate Boxing Day, Ken Hoffman, Exec Director of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl has invited Magda Kaminski to sing the Canadian National Anthem at the Holiday event on December 26, 2013 at Ford Field.Kaminski, who resides in Windsor, is the award winning bilingual Polish-English songstress.She recently received another recording industry award in California.
Hoffman was pleased to make the announcement regarding Kaminski at the Biz X Magazine Holiday Party at the Ambassador Golf Club in Essex County.He said, “American football is so international currently, it is a global game with leagues now in Germany, Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic.It is natural to reach out to our Border City neighbors.We have so much global support with our major marketing sponsors.Detroit is so networked to Europe and around the world.”
This is just another way that the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl is celebrating the rich history between Windsor and Detroit sports.This year’s game will feature the champions from the Mid-American Conference, Bowling Green State and an at-large team from the A.C.C., the Pitt Panthers.The LCPB events are a celebration of excellence for the teams involved.Host hotels for the participating schools will be the Motor City Casino & Hotel and the Detroit Westin on Washington Blvd.
Hoffman, who also coordinated the former International Bowl in Toronto added, “We hope Ford Field is the Boxing Day destination after some Detroit shopping and holiday fun.You will also be able to get a sneak peak at the outdoor ice rink going up inside of Comerica Park for the New Year’s Eve game between the Detroit Red Wings Alumni and the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni.We will have some added value fun events at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, including a new collector’s pin.Plan to come early and stay late.”
The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl will be on Thursday, Dec. 26, at 6 p.m. at Ford Field.
The Salvation Army is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Crichton, CTV News Anchor and Windsor Advisory Board Member, as the first ever “Christmas Kettle Champion” in the City of Windsor.
“We are thrilled that Jim Crichton has agreed to assist us with our Christmas Kettle Campaign this year as the honourary Champion,” says Perron Goodyear, Public Relations & Development Representative.“Jim has been an active community leader for many years and we are confident his willingness to champion our cause will enhance our ability to provide hope and dignity at Christmas and throughout the year.”
As Christmas Kettle Champion, Jim will actively promote the Kettle Campaign in various ways including in-person, via YouTube Videos and in PSA’s.In addition he will be available for media interviews throughout the campaign.
Photo by Rod Denis for Biz X magazine
"Giving Hope Today. The important work of The Salvation Army takes place every day,” says Crichton. “But perhaps no single season is more important than the Christmas Kettle campaign. It is your generosity this time of year that enables The Salvation Army to fund its caring work. Please join me in supporting The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle campaign.It’s important to so many individuals and families – and I know you’ll feel good helping."
Biz X magazine is proud to sponsor two kettles as well... one at Devonshire Mall and Wal-Mart (Lauzon). So put a little something in our kettles during your Christmas shopping and help us raise more funds for the Salvation Army!
The annual Christmas Kettle Campaign has been The Salvation Army's single largest public appeal in Canada since 1906.The Windsor Christmas Kettle Campaign will run from November 18 – December 24 at 18 locations throughout the City.For more information please email: email@example.com
The second annual Windsor Essex Book Expo takes place on Sunday, November 24, at the Caboto Club from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.Admission is $1, half of which goes to charity:Voices Against Poverty.
Over 55 local authors will be on hand with their latest books, everything from children’s books, self-help books, murder mysteries, love stories, local histories and photographic art books.Some authors will hold writer’s workshops to inspire others to begin writing, or to hone their craft.There will also be activities for children.
Two of last year’s participants include Allison and Lauren Knight, who wrote: Mirror Mirror - Two bodies, One Soul.Identical twins, they talk about bullying and social anxiety, depression and compulsive disorder, struggles that so many others face.In their candid book, Allison and Lauren shed light on these issues from their unique perspective as inseparable twins.They are one soul living in two bodies. Roy Patrick James is also involved in the expo, as writer of Zapped by Design, Zithered by Wit.It’s a cornucopia of art and literature containing over 160 poems, 60 illustrations, and a wealth of character, an artistic journey through a multitude of subjects and genres.James is a short story contest winner for a cross-border magazine, The Artisan’s Well, a fine art and literary publication. Mick Ridgewell is author of The Nightcrawler, about Scott Randall, a corporate V.P.To celebrate a massive new deal, he plans to drive from Detroit to L.A. but, before he leaves, he makes a huge mistake. He cruelly dismisses a homeless panhandler on the street. Along the road, he swears he sees the panhandler again, and again. Soon, he sees the man even in his dreams. No matter how he tries, Scott can’t escape him. Instead of L.A., The Nightcrawler has a different destination in mind.
The Windsor Essex Book Expo was organized by Kit McCann, a local writer, who was born and raised in this area, who wants to feature known and lesser known authors whose books aren’t generally available in local book stores. McCann hopes to put this area on the map for its proliferation of talent.McCann also hopes the expo will encourage, and inspire, children to read and write, perhaps to become the next generation of local authors from Windsor-Essex.
-Nov. 15: After the 16th Annual “Biz X Awards Gala” (invite only) all award nominees and local biz pros are welcome to attend a special “Biz MiXer” at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts from 10 p.m. to midnight. Admission is a $10 donation to Sparky’s Toy Drive. DJ, raffles tickets for just $5 each include a chance to win tons of prizes and dancing too! Auction as well for dinner at the fire hall! Call 519-977-2199 to learn more or visit Biz X magazine on Facebook.
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