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And the award for most birds flipped goes to Mayor Amaroso!

Friday, December 20, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff
NEWS RELEASE
 
CANADIAN TIRE, SAULT STE. MARIE
 
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Local Leaders Flipping The Bird

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON - Local political leaders took time out of their busy pre-holiday schedules to donate turkeys and food to three local service agencies on Wednesday.

Shown in the photo are Bryan Hayes, David Orazietti, and Debbie Amaroso at the Women in Crisis Centre donating Turkey’s with Mark Barsanti from Canadian Tire and Dale Kenney and Erin McColeman from Women In Crisis (Algoma) Inc..

Donations were also made to the Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen and St. Vincent’s Place.

The food was purchased using funds raised from the first ever Great Turkey Challenge, hosted and sponsored by the local Canadian Tire Store on the last weekend of November.

Our local leaders challenged each other to see who could sell the most “Turkeys” for $10 each and the funds raised all went to agencies supporting those in need.

The winner of the title “Great Turkey” is Mayor Amaroso who managed to raise more money than both of the other contestants.

“This was a great gesture for those in need—and a lot of fun” said Mayor Amaroso.

The total raised by the event was $2400 and more than 230 people contributed.

“This was certainly an event that demonstrated the power of our community to come together and get behind a worthy cause in a short period of time” said Orazietti, who genuinely enjoyed the experience.

Barsanti came up with the idea to help use the traffic at his store to help the community.

He hopes to make this an annual event and to add “contestants” next year.

“The higher the profile of the participants, the more of a spotlight we can shine on the importance of giving back and giving to those in need. ”

Bryan Hayes is all set for next year, aiming to become the next “Great Turkey”.

“Events like this remind all of us who we really serve. If we can keep in mind those who are least fortunate and remind others of those needs, it can only have a positive effect on the whole community” said Hayes.

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B Boy 12/20/2013 11:04:36 AM Report

That's ironic, usually it's people flipping the bird at the council.
Just Curious 12/20/2013 11:10:07 AM Report

I thought Bryan already was the "Great Turkey"????
soowat 12/20/2013 12:29:07 PM Report

C'mon folks! They took the time to do something good for a good cause. Give them credit for that. Besides it's Christmas
Just Curious 12/20/2013 12:36:42 PM Report

soowat; my comment was tongue in cheek, just playing on the way most of the posters on this site feel about Bryan, by the way they post. I agree it was a good thing to do and I applaud them for it, but I guess nobody can resist a photo-op...:)
steelworker 12/20/2013 3:17:38 PM Report

What is that thing Orazietti is holding. I can't read the fine print without my glasses-does it say" Young Trudeau" ? Damn these eyes.
wife 12/20/2013 7:23:24 PM Report

Mayor Amourosa

She is the biggest turkey of them all.
Did I read things right?


soowat 12/20/2013 11:24:43 PM Report

wife

If you are going to make a comment regarding the mayor you could at least spell her name correctly. It shouldn't be that difficult (assuming you can read) as it is spelled correctly in the article upon which you are commenting.
Pakadeva 12/21/2013 12:06:29 AM Report

Bravo for Bryan Hayes, David Orazietti, and Debbie Amaroso & especially Mayor Amaroso, go Debbie go! How can any of you sit here at your computers & degrade an act of kindness like this? Have you ANY idea how grateful those people are for those turkeys? If you have never been in need, then of course you don't. If you are so bitter at Christmastime that you have to put down the good that has been, is being, done, then crawl in a hole & come back out in the new year. Out with the grinches & bring on the turkey holders! Merry Christmas everyone & again, cheers to our Mayor:)
frnlak 12/22/2013 12:03:59 PM Report

The Women In Crisis Centre is the reason that I do not donate to the United Way. If there was a Men In Crisis Centre I would definately donate.
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