14th Annual St. Paddy’s Day Bash raises a record $44,000 for local charities

SYDNEY – The coordinator of Sydney’s Almost Home Every Woman’s Centre says she was “overwhelmed” by the success and generosity of this year’s St. Paddy’s Day Bash fundraiser organized by Nova Scotia Power employees.

“I was overwhelmed when I realized the Bash had fundraised over $20,000 for the shelter this year,” said Raylene Theriault, Almost Home Coordinator. “It always amazes me that such a wonderful group of people come together each year to help people that they have never even met, and will never know the profound impact that they will have on their lives.”

The Almost Home Every Woman’s Centre will use some of the funds to purchase a new kitchen stove and a dishwasher.

The 14th annual St. Paddy’s Day Bash was the most successful in the event’s history, successfully raising $44,000 for the Almost Home Every Woman’s Centre and Cape Breton’s Atlantic Burn Camp on March 15. The community fundraiser has raised more than $245,000 for the two charities since its inception in 2005.

“The St. Paddy’s Day Bash is a major fundraiser for our organization, and allows us to continue providing a memorable camp experience for burn-injured youth every year,” said Nick Davis, President of the Atlantic Burn Camp. “We understand the planning and hard work that goes into this and appreciate the volunteers, musicians and supporters that make this event a huge success.”

Atlantic Burn Camp plans on using proceeds from this year’s St. Paddy’s Day Bash to fund transportation, meals, accommodations, outings, insurance and activities.

“It is a rewarding experience to be part of such a dedicated group of employees who come together to donate their time and talents to make the event happen,” said Ron MacNeil, Plant Manager at the Point Aconi Generating Station and co-chair of the St. Paddy’s organizing committee. “With sponsorship and donations from a caring and giving business community, we have been able to grow the event each year and are already beginning to think about how next year’s is going to top this one.”

Over 14 years ago, a few Nova Scotia Power employees came together to create an event that would celebrate the talent of employees and give back to the community, which led to the creation of the St. Paddy’s Day Bash. The fundraising event is held every year on the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre.

This year’s Irish-themed evening featured live music, entertainment, and a silent auction. Headliners Rock It and Donnie Campbell kept the crowd entertained throughout the night.

Nova Scotia Power is proud to support the outstanding efforts of its employees in support of communities and charitable organizations throughout the province. A special thank you goes out to all of the sponsors who contributed items for the fundraiser’s silent auction, especially EMCO who supplied a brand-new Daiken heat pump for the auction!