Strong community spirit flourishes at Village on the Thames Christmas party

Fun, entertainment and a fundraiser to help buy new Christmas tree among the event’s highlights
2/11/2019  - Deron Hamel
Scenes from the Village on the Thames Christmas party.  

Fun, friends and family were at the heart of the Village on the Thames Dec. 18 Christmas party, and to sweeten the deal the event helped raise money for a new Christmas tree for the Chatham-Kent seniors living community to buy for next holiday season.

About 120 people attended the resident and family Christmas party, which featured entertainment and a fundraising raffle.

Village on the Thames hosts a fundraiser at every Christmas party. Money brought in from the latest fundraiser is going towards a much-needed new 14-foot Christmas tree for the dining room the team wants to buy.

One resident’s daughter crocheted four blankets she donated to the raffle, notes Village on the Thames fun co-ordinator Tina Drew.

The Village on the Thames team is continuing to host regular 50-50 draws to raise the money for a new Christmas tree to be ready for next holiday season.

As with past Christmas parties, building supervisor Tony Piette donned a white beard, red hat and red outfit to play Santa Claus at the event. Tony was joined by one resident’s granddaughter who dressed as an elf and played the role of Santa’s helper.

Fan-favourite husband-and-wife entertainers Ryan and Crystal St. Denis provided music, which always goes over well with the Village on the Thames crowd.

“They are always a big hit with residents and family members,” Tina says, adding the couple even brought their twin girls to the event.

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