Local Celebrities Celebrate Halloween by “Carving for the Cause”
October 25-28, 2012
Children at Risk, Ottawa presents their Seventeenth Annual Celebrity-Carved Pumpkin Contest!! This popular seasonal fundraising event is being held from Thursday, October 25 to Sunday, October 28. For over 33 years, Children at Risk (a local charity) has been providing supports to Autistic children & their families in the Ottawa Region – filling in ``the gaps`` in services available through government agencies.
2012 marks 17 years that enthusiastic and talented local Celebrities, Politicians, Media Personalities and Businesses have been helping to recognize October as Autism Awareness Month by carving orange orbs into gorgeous gourds! Veteran Carvers will be challenged by first-timers, with over 100 pumpkins being transformed in the name of charity!! Participants include City of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa’s Gay Cook, Legal Eagle Lawrence Greenspon, Ottawa Senators Foundation and Alumni Brad Marsh & Shaun Van Allen, Ottawa 67’s Owner Jeff Hunt, Brian “Killer” Kilrea & Coach Chris Byrne, MP’s Pierre Poilievre, John Baird, David McGuinty & Royal Galipeau, as well as MPP’s Bob Chiarelli, Lisa MacLeod, Phil McNeely & Yasir Naqvi to name just a few - plus many other local radio, television and newspaper personalities. Participants compete for the lucky “Top Thirteen” list of carvers for 2012!
The pumpkin creations will be on display at Merivale Mall after our Reception at 10 AM on Thursday, October 25 – then additionally at Carlingwood Shopping Centre, Place d’Orléans and Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre from Friday, October 26 to Sunday, October 28. Visitors to the Malls can vote for their favourite pumpkin or celebrity by donating spare change. Celebrities have also donated “Prize Packages” for silent auction bidding (on-site & on-line www.childrenatrisk.ca ) Our Auction Site this year has been donated by:
RealAuction.ca – Providing Not-For-Profit Organizations with an Online Auction Website
With the support of the Celebrity Carvers and generous donations from our community, funds raised in the previous 16 years total over $84,572! All proceeds will help Children at Risk “fill in the gaps” in publicly-funded Autism services with their Community-Based Special Projects, which include Camp Kaleidoscope – our All-Day Summer Camp, Family Support Groups, Information Seminars and Educational Training Workshops. Children at Risk recognizes the importance of supporting the whole family as they cope with the daily challenges of raising an Autistic child. With the funds raised through events like the Celebrity-Carved Pumpkin Contest, these children can be provided with the best opportunities to achieve their maximum potential!
Other Participating Celebrities Include:
Carter & Sandra (KISS FM), Dylan & Alyssa 101.9 DAWG FM, West End Academy Beauty School, Ian Black & Teri Loretto (CBC Television), Frances & Brother Bob (98.5 The Jewel), Kurt, Jeff & Lianne (CTV Morning Live), Bruce Garrioch , Anthony Furey & Sue Sherring (Ottawa Sun), Jack May Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Jock Climie (CFL Alumni & TSN Analyst), Kitchissippi Times Newspaper, Stuntman Stu, Angie & Trisha - Mornings & Katherine, Sydney & Grace Dines (Majic 100 FM), Whitebread & Kjay (The New HOT 89.9), Discount Car Truck Rentals - Bells Corners, Cruise & Corbeil, Renee Madden, Heather Ray & Kim Sullivan-Weekends – boom 99.7 FM, Cub & Company(93.9 BOB FM), "" Wendy Daniels, Amy Volume - The Bear 106.9 FM, Capital Chordettes Ladies Barbershop Chorus, Lesia Gilbert›s & Julie Mousseau›s AVON, SCORES, Jen Traplin, Andrew Elliott Chelsea Miller, John Moran & Amal Wahab (LIVE 88.5), City of Ottawa Councillors Bob Monette, Shad Qadri, Maria McRae, Diane Deans, Steve Desroches , Keith Egli, Mark Taylor, David Chernushenko & Doug Thompson, EMC Newspapers/Metroland Media, Speedy St. Laurent, Orleans Family Dentistry, Frames By Rockwell, A Little Bit of Bling, Tiny Hoppers, The Garlic King, Jim Durrell Capital Dodge, Nepean Museum, Ottawa Safety Council, Bag To Earth, Paul Rushforth Team, Silpada Jewellery/AllTartan.com/BFD Inc. , Sue»s Sweets , Within The Grain, Lisa Zanon-Speech Therapy, Kelley Matheson»s Epicure Selections, Greco, Earl Bulllis Awards, Back in Balance Chiropractic, Autism Ontario Ottawa Chapter , Lego Club, Instead of Flowers, Western Union Business Solutions, Sky High Snow Removal, Mortgage Brokers Ottawa, Lincoln Fields & Riocan Properties, Wine Rack, P.A.M.»s Coffee, Il Paradiso Spa & Strandz Hair Design, Lowell Green, Steve Madely & Shelley Mclean (CFRA AM), Steve Warne - TGOR (TEAM 1200), Derick Fage & Lois Lee – "Daytime", Kim Sullivan – "Before I Kick The…" & Mr. Hollywood (Rogers TV), Kelly Egan, Vito Pilieci, Wayne Scanlan, Joanne Laucius, Gary Dimmock, Lynn Saxberg & Caroline Phillips (Citizen), Doc & Woody and Eric the Intern (CHEZ 106.1 FM), Nancy Stapleton & (Y101 FM & 1310 News AM), Carol Anne Meehan, Vanessa Lee & J.J. Clarke (CTV Television), Ottawa 67"s Co–Captains Cody Ceci & Sean Monahan, Jake Cardwell & Tyler Graovac Cyril Leader, Bryan Murray, Paul MacLean & “Spartacat” (Ottawa Senators Hockey Club)
Celebrities have been invited, to deliver their pumpkin creations to Merivale Mall (Centre Court) at 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 25th. Pumpkins will then be divided and transferred to Carlingwood Shopping Centre, Place d’Orléans and Lincoln Fields for Friday, October 26th with voting continuing until 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 28th. Background -Autism is a lifelong neurological, developmental disorder that now affects 1 in every 100 North American children, with 1 in 94 boys (boys more than 4 times more likely than girls to have Autism). With a new case every 20 minutes, these numbers reflect more children being diagnosed with Autism than with AIDS, Diabetes and Cancer combined! Autism impacts the typical development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Children diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum Disorders are often, without help, unable to speak, relate to others, be aware of dangerous situations and even play appropriately with toys. Children at Risk continues to help Autistic children and their families in the Ottawa area - solely supported on fundraising and donations. Children at Risk strives to address the gaps in government services for Autism, providing representation and community supports. Responding to the need, we piloted our 1st All-Day Summer Camp in 2011 and increased our spots by 64% in 2012! Our Friendship Social Skill Therapy Support Groups help to provide the children with the tools to function in this complex world of communication and social interaction. Parents indicate that often this is the child’s first positive social experience! Our Sibling Support Workshops allow brothers and sisters the opportunity to understand their disabled sibling. Our Seminars explore existing and new interventions to provide information for parents, caregivers and professionals. Information and Knowledge can lead to understanding and Support, assisting children with Autism so as to improve the quality of life for both the child and their family!