Bill Kelly of Crown Isle presents a cheque to Sue Finneron of Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness Society (left) and Heather Ney of Comox Valley Transition Society from its Christmas campaign. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Bill Kelly of Crown Isle presents a cheque to Sue Finneron of Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness Society (left) and Heather Ney of Comox Valley Transition Society from its Christmas campaign. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Crown Isle comes through for Dawn to Dawn, Comox Valley Transition Society

More than $3,600 raised from Gingerbread Village and Teddy Bear Baskets in December

Despite the pandemic, Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community was able to raise funds for a couple of good causes through its Gingerbread Village and Teddy Bear Baskets auction in December.

General manager Bill Kelly credits many, especially Laura Russell, guest services ambassador at the resort who helped with the teddy bears, and marketing manager Kristy Pedersen. The silent auction was held online this year.

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On Feb. 10. he was able to present a cheque to help both Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness Society and the Comox Valley Transition Society. The total raised through Christmas at Crown Isle, which ran Dec. 1 through 18, was $3,637.26.

Sue Finneron of Dawn to Dawn said the money will help go toward their next shipping container home project at Maple Pool Campground for the We Can Shelter project.

“We just appreciate Crown Isle does this,” she said. “You can’t put a number on it. It’s just so appreciated.”

Comox Valley Transition Society executive director Heather Ney said their portion will help offset some of the revenue lost from struggles at the Too Good to be Threw thrift store after a fire. The money will also help the Amethyst House, a residential facility for women.

“There’s more and more and more need,” she says.

With COVID-19 guidelines too, that means extra expenses for items like masks and sanitizer, so every bit helps.

“Everything costs more these days,” she says, adding how impressed she is with the support from the community.

Kelly is quick to agree. He’s commuted from Nanaimo for a long time but recently moved to the Comox Valley with his family and is always impressed.

“The community is always there to step up and help out,” he says. “We saw it with donations with the teddy bears.”

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