Posted On May 9, 2015
Last summer, one of our staff members, Lauri Shaw lost her dear brother Mark Shaw to a tragic suicide. When our president, Bob Gray asked her if there was anything he or Smitty's could do to help, Lauri replied, "Have a fundraising event in support of mental illness and suicide prevention...and let's have it in May during Mental Health Awareness Month." And that was it: the seed was planted and the planning began.
The Kitchener Staff began their support of this cause by forfeiting their 2014 Christmas Party. Instead, they donated $1,000.00 to the Grand River Hospital. These funds were used to help support and distribute suicide prevention books along with other resources to assist those in need.
On May 29th, 30th and 31st, Smitty's will host a special event: "My Home Matters, My Life Matters." This event will be held at Smitty's Hanover and Kitchener showrooms.
Cambridge Galt Lion's Club and Wes for Youth are hosting a raffle of furniture and Smitty's gift certificates. Over $10,000 in prizes has been donated by Smitty's and their suppliers for the three-day event.
The two recipients of the funds will be Wes for Youth (an organization dedicated to Suicide Awareness and Prevention) and Skills For Safer Living (a program tested for success and run by Self-Help Alliance). Here are some ways that you can help us in our fundraising effort:
Our staff will pay for the luxuries they use during the event, such as make-up, nail polish and jewelry. We will also have an opportunity to pay to wear jeans at work, unheard of at Smitty's!!! We'll pay more to wear blue jeans than black jeans! All these proceeds will go to our cause.
And lastly, rumour has it that our President, Mr. Gray, will shave his head if we collect over $1000 in donations! We've already collected money to make sure that happens!
Smitty's Fine Furniture is a family owned company, dedicated to family and mental health awareness. During a planning meeting for this event we were asked, "Who has been affected by mental health or suicide?" Every hand went up. Smitty's believes that your home matters and your life matters. We are grateful for any and all support you give us. Thank you.
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