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Huntingdon Optimist Club donates over $14,000 to local orgs

Members of the Huntingdon Optimist Club gathered with representatives from 11 youth-oriented non-profit organizations, schools, and associations at the Citron et Basilic Restaurant on November 22 to distribute $14,250 in donations to the local groups.

Funding was presented to Hockey Mineur Huntingdon, the Huntingdon Figure Skating Club, the Maison des Jeunes, Heritage Elementary, the daycare program at École Notre-Dame, the Little Green Library, the Centre de Ressources familiales, Melissa’s Sunshine Camp, the Huntingdon soccer league, the Troupe de Théatre Les 100 dessus dessouss, and S.A.B.E.C. “We want to reach as many people as we can, and especially children,” says former Optimist Club President Nathalie Taillefer. As this year marks the 50th anniversary of the club, she says they are hoping to distribute another round of cheques to other area organizations in the spring.


PHOTO Huntingdon Optimist Club


The Optimist Club will also be holding its annual Christmas gift-giving event with Santa Claus on December 9 starting at 10 a.m. at the Huntingdon Legion. There is no need to register for the event, and all children aged 12 and under will receive a gift. “We are expecting between 350 and 450 kids,” says Taillefer. The Optimists are accepting monetary donations as well as gifts for children to help cover the costs of this annual tradition, which can be dropped off at the C.J. Kyle’s dealership in Huntingdon. (SR)

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