Benefit held for couple impacted by house fire

By Janice Christie    

SHEET HARBOUR – Sheila Briand and Francis Josey recently lost everything in a house fire that levelled their home in Spry Harbour. The community responded quickly to the tragedy by setting up an account at Scotiabank to receive donations and a Benefit was held at the local Legion this past Saturday.

A committee chaired by Nathalie Ladouceur with members Lorraine Boutilier, Julie Hogg, and Anita Coady quickly brought the fundraising event to life. They had significant support from Julie Adamson, Sheila Martin, Lisa Smith-McInnis and Beverly Murphy-Levy, and many others, too numerous to mention.

The Legion donated their building and the team went to work soliciting donations from businesses, artisans, individuals, family members and friends. There was ongoing live music throughout the afternoon including The Rusty Coasters, Russ Main, Rick Rutledge and Doug Parlee followed by Paul Coady, Elmer Josey, Carrie Anne and Stephen Drake, Kerry Miller and Jay Marshall, Cheryl Fougere and Nathalie Ladouceur, and Tidal Harmony Women's Choir.

Pampered Chef representative Jocelyn Colwell hosted a table of products where the profits were donated to the cause and guests could also make purchases of household items for the couple. A New-to-You table was laden with many donated items and 20 delicious homemade cakes were won at $2 a ticket at a Cake Walk.

Tickets on baskets of donated items and gift cards were also sold. Over 60 products and gifts were donated for the Silent Auction and guests who came out to support the event were able to enjoy an afternoon of bidding on high quality items. Tickets were sold on a bass, donated by an anonymous donor, and was won by Donica Coady.

At the end of the day over $7,500 was realized to help Sheila and Francis get back on their feet. Neighbours and friends Darlene Crosby and her husband David welcomed the couple into their home as they make plans for their future. The couple are overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the residents from all along the Eastern Shore. Donations are still be accepted at Scotiabank.