Denim and Diamonds Gala Helps Eight Groups

A successful Denim and Diamonds Gala is behind a helping hand for a group of local charitable groups.

The Circle of Seven handed out cheques to the groups after the event in November raised a total of $50,000.

Each group received support based on their request.

Autism Windsor-Essex was presented $10,000 to a grateful volunteer Barb Masotti.

"Autism Ontario does not receive government funding, so our programs and our services are made possible through very generous support from the Windsor Essex Community such as the Circle of Seven"

A new recipient this year is All 4 Mamas ($4000), which the group's Katie Johnson explains is a support group for 11,000 mothers.

"We offer advice, support, we unfortunately have lost a couple of members unexpectedly so we've helped support their families through that and had a couple of people lose their children as well so we jump in a deliver things and get them on their feet right away"

A huge $20,000 boost was presented to the Farrow Riverside Miracle Park accepted by President Bill Kell.

"It's about making new friends, building self esteem and being included.  The Miracle League players have the determination they have the heart and they have the will.  All they needed was a place to play in Windsor.  And we hope to supply that place, it will be open in July of this year"

Other groups receiving varying amounts were the Canadian Mental Health Association ($2500), United Way ($2000), Handi Transit($3000), Children's Aid Society ($5000)and Leone Residence ($3500).