DAREarts’ 2nd Annual First Roots Feast – A Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends FRF2

The seeds are sprouting! February 25, 2016, building on last year’s event, DAREarts’ annual fundraising event First Roots Feast attracted more people and businesses from the Newmarket and surrounding area, reaching out with the hand of friendship and unified support for Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit children.

DAREarts Founder Marilyn Field
DAREarts Founder & President, Marilyn Field

“The remarkable commitment of this community, both young and younger, to reach out and help give equal opportunity to our Indigenous Canadians sets a standard of excellence for the rest of our country.”  – DAREarts Founder Marilyn Field

The combined efforts of DAREarts First Roots Feast Coordinator Gary Curran, Auction Coordinator and Graphic Designer Sandra Turnsek, Huron Heights Secondary School in Newmarket, along with our DAREarts team resulted in a spectacular evening, and we are so grateful for their efforts.

First Roots Coordinator Gary Curran
Gary Curran, First Roots Feast Committee Chair

Huron Heights Secondary School Hospitality rose to the occasion once again, and this year they outdid themselves. They prepared a sumptuous Indigenous-inspired meal, with ingredients that originate on Turtle Island. Area merchants, grocers and businesses helped offset the cost of the food. We enjoyed pickerel, elk stew, three sisters soup and of course, bannock. Huron Heights students and the PEACE Club served the meal up to an appreciative audience. After all, the real star of the evening was the feast itself.

We are grateful to Chef Emidio Amicucci and O’Malley’s Catering and Rental Ltd. for their exemplary service. Chi miigwetch to Madsen’s Gardens for their beautiful, green, warm venue and big hearts. And to the Vendors and silent auction donators, we are truly grateful. Your contributions are keenly appreciated, and we hope you’ll return next year.

Elder Cliff Standingready
Elder Cliff Standingready

Elder Cliff Standingready and Traditional Dancer Laura Spring inspired us all with their traditional dance and spoken wisdom:

“What you are doing is important. I’m one of the children who survived the residential school legacy. Reconciliation is going to take a long time. Seven generations. To quote one of the people I witnessed at the TRC gatherings, ‘I was a six year old child. You need to reconcile with me.’ And this is where it starts. Tonight is a beginning, and I want to thank you for being a part of this.” – Elder Cliff Standingready

Glenn Marais and Cathy Elliott sing the youth of Webequie's song, "We Are One"
Glenn Marais and Cathy Elliott sing the youth of Webequie’s song, “We Are One”

Glenn Marais and DAREarts First Roots Associate Cathy Elliott sang the song Glenn wrote with the high school students in the remote northern community of Webequie First Nation just two weeks earlier.

Everyone who was able clasped hands and ended up on the dance floor in a Round Dance, led by Laura Spring. It was a moment we’ll never forget, a night we hope to repeat, and a gathering that will indeed spout even more spectacular events in the future.

The Huron Heights Hospitality program students
The Huron Heights Hospitality program students

Indigenous kids in remote First Nations depend on funds raised through events like this to participate in the successful DAREarts First Roots Aboriginal program.

If you’d like to host a DAREarts First Roots Feast in your community, please contact us! We, together, can be a part of Canada’s Reconciliation process: to learn about, connect with and promote our Indigenous communities and their children’s future.  It may take seven years, but with your help, those years could be the positive change needed for thousands of deserving kids.

All photos courtesy Pete Paterson.

DAREarts First Roots Feast raised over $6,000.00 that night. We could not do this without the generosity of these listed below and many others:

Guests took part in a joyful round dance together.
Guests took part in a joyful round dance together.

DAREarts First Roots Feast Supporters:

Best Western Voyageur Place Hotel
Carron Farms Ltd.
Ce De Candy Company Ltd.
Copari Meats
Discount Car & Truck Rentals
Holburne Mushroom Farm
Huron Heights S.S. Hospitality Department (Laura Butler, Marilee Sadler)
Huron Heights S.S. Peace Club (Bill Havercroft)
Janse Greenhouses F & L

Madsen's Garden, the perfect setting for an early spring event!
Madsen’s Greenhouse, the perfect setting for an early spring event!

Karin Stiege (Floral Centrepieces)
Linda Houston, (Staff & Students)
Madsen’s Greenhouse
Minuteman Press
Nature’s Emporium
O’Malley’s Catering and Rental Ltd.
Off the Hook Fish Market
Steve & Adele’s No Frills
Vince’s Country Market

DAREarts First Roots Feast Silent Auction and Store:

Laura Spring, Women's Traditional Dance
Laura Spring, Women’s Traditional Dance

Art & Gift Gallery
Awo’kwejit Hemp Creations
Donald Chretien
Gela Rohde
Gloria Hope
Holland Marsh Wineries
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Home Depot Aurora
Home Hardware Newmarket
Joseph’s & Peter’s Hair Design
Karin Stiege
Anna Leeming
Madeline Montpool
Metzger Studio
Pamela Leudke
Purls of Warmth

Elder Cliff Standingready, Men's Traditional Dance
Elder Cliff Standingready, Men’s Traditional Dance

Royal Manor Bed & Breakfast
S.D. Curran
Sandra Turnsek
Shaw Festival
Terry and Phyllis Hutchings
Visual & Performing Arts Newmarket
Westview Golf Club Ltd.

DAREarts and First Roots Feast Team:

Marilyn Field – DAREarts Founder
Suzanne Clark – DAREarts Executive Director
Cathy Elliott – DAREarts First Roots Program Associate
Gary Curran – DAREarts First Roots Feast Coordinator
Sandra Turnsek – First Roots Feast Auction Coordinator & Graphic Artist
Laura Butler – HHSS Hospitality Dept. Coordinator
Madeline Montpool – First Roots Feast Volunteer Coordinator

Cathy Elliott with Spirit Plate
Cathy Elliott with Spirit Plate

Bonnie Masina – Volunteer Coordinator
Brenda Norton – DAREarts Director of Operations
Lisa Norton – DAREarts Program Coordinator
Debra Walker – Ticket Sales

DAREarts Overview:
DAREarts is a Canadian charitable organization that uses educational experiences in the arts to empower children and youth facing life challenges, with confidence, courage and leadership skills to unlock their potential and ignite change in their lives and communities.

DAREarts: ‘Igniting Change’ in At-risk Children: Discipline, Action, Responsibility, Excellence

www.darearts.com | 3042 Concession Road 3 Adjala, RR 1, Palgrave, ON L0N 1P0 CANADA

info@darearts.com | 1.888.540.2787 | 905.729.0097 Canadian Charitable Registration No. 88691 7764 RR0002

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