The Foundation in Action
EllisDon’s “Building Vital Communities” initiative supports the memory of Aiden Babb, former OCTC client.
Over the past year and a half, EllisDon, a major building company, with their subcontractors and their project management team, collectively raised $5,600 for the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre, where Aiden Babb was a client during his short life. Aiden died at the age of six in 2005.
Methods of fundraising included weekly BBQs with food donations by the subcontractors - Black and McDonald purchased and donated BBQs, accessories, propane; they also held raffles for hockey jerseys and Ottawa Senators tickets. Then, they requested the support from the rest of their trades to sponsor weekly BBQs. Trades that agreed took turns on a rotational basis supplying the food, condiments and drinks for that week. Tickets sold for $2.50 (hamburgers & sausages) and drinks for $1.00. All the revenues went into a special charity account. The management team solely managed the BBQ rain, snow or shine.
EllisDon also purchased a table at the “For the Kids" Charitable Auction in support of the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre Foundation and the Ottawa Chapter of Autism Ontario. Over 300 items were up for bids in a silent auction as well as a variety of articles and packages in a live auction.
EllisDon Ottawa graciously matched fundraising dollar for dollar, and EllisDon Corporate donated $1,000 per employee -- four employees donated their time and effort for the Charity − bringing the grand total donation to $15,206.
“The ongoing support of the subtrades was a key element in our ability to raise money for OCTC on this project,” indicated Jennifer Hebert, senior project coordinator. “We could not have done it without everyone's help.”
“On behalf of the children and youth who will benefit from this generous contribution, thank you to EllisDon, and in particular, to Jennifer Hebert for her involvement,” said Chantal Dompierre, executive director of the OCTC Foundation.