This year’s MC was South Dundas Deputy Mayor Kirsten Gardner (right), pictured here with event organizer and HOL Client Services Manager Kim Merkley.

House of Lazarus (HOL)’s annual Ladies’ Night Out event raised more than $6,000, providing attendees with a romping good time. This year’s event was held February 23 at Matilda Hall in Dixon’s Corners. Emceeing for the night was South Dundas Deputy Mayor, Kirsten Gardner, who took the time to highlight several of the organization’s newest programs, including Operation Backpack and Crockpot Cuisine. The night’s proceeds are earmarked for HOL’s Outreach Programs.

In addition to the more than 30 vendors displaying exciting products and services, the evening included entertainment and refreshments. Lisa Williams’ Main Street Clothing Company from Winchester hosted the first fashion show of the night, including a few items from HOL’s thrift store, HOL Boutique. The second fashion show of the evening was brought by Helen Derix’s Juli Fashion from Morrisburg. In between and following the final fashion show, Nancy Morgan, owner of Workshop Dance Studio in Kemptville, brought the crowd to their feet for a little line dancing fun.

Attendees were invited to build their own Mashed Potato Martinis with an assortment of delicious toppings, followed by brownie-themed dessert.

The event was sponsored by D&H Fencing, Dundas Agri-Systems Inc., JED Express Limited, Nature’s Way Select Foods, the Oldford Team at Royal Lepage, Byers Funeral Home Inc., Ross Video Limited, Yazdani Family Dentistry, Guy Fuels & Propane, Janet Carkner, McIntosh County Inn and Conference Centre, and Smyth’s Apple Orchard. In addition, many local businesses and individuals contributed to the night’s Silent Auction. All food supplies were donated by Winchester Foodland.

“It was phenomenal,” HOL Client Services Manager, Kim Merkley, said. “The support we receive from the community never ceases to amaze me. We are very grateful to be surrounded by such generosity.”

House of Lazarus is a food bank and outreach mission located in Mountain, serving hundreds of clients from surrounding communities, including all of Dundas County, Grenville County and South Ottawa. Last year, 600 people were fed through HOL’s food bank, while 2,630 people were provided with food, clothing, furniture, and household goods through its outreach programming. A community-supported venture, House of Lazarus does not rely on government funding. It’s through HOL thrift stores, grants, donations, and fundraisers that its projects and programs happen.

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