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We Are Pump(kin)ed!

First - we are excited to announce the Winners of the Ballot Prize Draws:

  1. Anuk Jain - Canon EOS M10 18MP Mirrorless Digital Camera VALUE $730
  2. Jennifer Chamberlain - Gift Cards from 4 Participating Malls VALUE $550
  3. Guy Brule - Fluid 43” 1080p DLED HDTV VALUE $400

The tables are cleared, the pumpkins now have new homes and Children at Risk has raised some valuable funding for our Summer Camp, Camp Kaleidoscope - THANKS TO YOU!!

Attached and below is our List of Top 13 Pumpkin-Carvers for 2017. With our final totals, we include the funds raised by the Auction with the Prize Packages, so there is a lot of shuffling from Days 1-4!

TOP CARVER for 2017 was last year's runner up - ASNY Productions (Ain't Seen Noth'n Yet Musical Theatre Ottawa) - Besting Tanya and her Crew - now at Tappa Hair Salon & Beauty Bar in Carlingwood Shopping Centre (formerly Strandz/Il Paradiso at Lincoln Fields).

ASNY raised $2,335!
However, the competition was fierce as Tappa raised almost $1,200 (despite a move and settling into new digs at a new location mid-year)

All is fair in Love and Pumpkins, especially when it is the children with Autism we serve at Children at Risk who are the true winners...!

We welcomed many NEW Carvers this year - and a "return to the Pumpkin Patch" by some like Stuntman Stu....We also saw many more community-minded, local businesses carving this year!

SPECIAL MENTION TO: Merivale Mall for their hosting of this event for 22 years (with sponsorship of the pumpkins) as well as our NEW Mall - Billings Bridge Shopping Centre welcoming our Event and donating proceeds from their Zombie Walk! We also want to thank Carlingwood Shopping Centre and Place d'Orleans for their on-going support!!

All-In-All - $16,339 was raised, making it a truly incredible end to Autism Awareness Month! (Up $3,334 from last year - a 25% increase!)

Many Thanks and Much Appreciation, Brenda, 613-261-4442


Top Lucky Thirteen Celebrities (FINAL)

  1. ASNY Productions (Ain’t Seen Noth’n Yet Musical Theatre Ottawa)
  2. Tappa Hair Salon & Beauty Bar - Carlingwood
  3. “Big Joe” - Grey Cup Festival
  4. Jennifer Chamberlain – Royal LePage Team Realty
  5. Angie Poirier & Stuntman Stu – Magic 100
  6. Sky High Snow Removal & Roofing
  7. Ottawa New Year’s Eve Charity Ball 2017 – presented by Investors Group
  8. Dean Brown – TSN 1200 Ottawa
  9. Keith Egli – City of Ottawa Councillor – Knoxdale-Merivale Ward
  10. Wayne Scanlan – Ottawa Citizen/Ottawa Sun Sports
  11. Hallie Cotnam – CBC Radio Ottawa Mornings
  12. Orleans Chamber of Commerce
  13. Metroland Media

Special Mention:
HOT 89.9, Carter & Sandra KISS FM, Ian Black CBC, Ottawa Senators, Rogers TV
Doc & Woody 1061 CHEZ Show, boom & JUMP! FM, Jewel 98.5 FM
Bruce Garrioch Ottawa Citizen/Sun, Rebel 101.7 FM, Shaun Van Allen
City of Ottawa Mayor & Councillors, Local Businesses, MP & MPP’s

TOTAL FUNDS RAISED FOR CHILDREN AT RISK (Supporting Autistic Children): $16,339



Children at Risk, Ottawa presents their 22nd Annual Celebrity-Carved Pumpkin Contest!! This popular seasonal fundraising event is being held from Thursday, October 26 to Sunday, October 29. For over 38 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.

HOW Bidding Works

Thank you for joining our On-line portion of the 22nd Celebrity/Business Pumpkin Auction for 2017. This auction is unique in that bidding is not limited to or ends On-line. What does this mean for you?

  1. You are not only competing with bids placed by other On-Line Bidders but also bids are placed at one of the four mall locations in Ottawa. The Mall Managers update the On-line bids with the Mall bids so that the highest bid value is up to date.
  2. You can choose to bid only on those Pumpkins at your nearest Mall by clicking on the Mall Name to the left of the page. Otherwise you can check out all pumpkins. Each one will clearly identify where the pumpkin is located. See below for Mall details.
  3. At 2 p.m. on Sunday 29th October the On-Line auction will close and the Lead or Highest bidder will be emailed. This email identifies you as the current highest bidder not the ultimate winner.
  4. Mall bidding closes at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday 29th October. We suggest that if you do not wish to be outbid that you go to the location of your most valued pumpkin and continue bidding on the bidding sheets. If you have more than one Pumpkin bid and they are located at different malls, mention this to the Mall Manager and they will communicate your continued bidding with the other Mall Manager.
  5. In the event of a Bidding war between two bidders present, the bidding sheet will be removed 5 minutes before the end of the auction. At 3.30 p.m. the two bidders will be allowed to submit a blind bid for what they wish to bid for the pumpkin. The highest bid will be the ultimate winning bid. The value of this bid will be confidential unless the highest bidder provides this information to the 2nd bidder.
  6. If you are not out bid at the Mall and are the ultimate winner you will be contacted by 4 p.m. by telephone where you can provide your credit card details. Please provide the telephone number that you can be reached at this time. You then have until the Mall closes to collect your pumpkins unless other arrangements are made during the telephone conversation. Depending on these instructions we will either hold onto your pumpkin or dispose of it and mail your package if it is tickets etc.
  7. In the event that we have not been able to establish contact with you by speaking to you in person or you calling us back by Noon on Tuesday 31st October, you will have forfeited your right as winner and the Pumpkin and prize package will be offered to the 2nd highest bidder. The Children At Risk telephone number is 613 741 8255 or email
  8. The value of the prize package does not include the value of the pumpkin unless it has accessories. In the event that your pumpkin rots and is disposed of you may be offered an alternative pumpkin but this is not guaranteed. You will get the decoration accessories as part of your package.
Lincoln Fields-Place Orleans-Merivale Mall-Carlingwood Logos

How can I pay for my Prize Package?

Children At Risk accepts Cash, Visa, Mastercard and AMEX for prize package payments.

Who are the Celebrity Carvers?

Newspaper, Radio, Television and Sports personalities along with Ward, Provincial and Federal Politicians and any businesses or private individuals that wish to participate have graciously taken the time to carve or decorate a pumpkin and provide prize packages to tempt bidders. All funds raised are to Children At Risk as all 3rd party companies have generously provided their goods or services.

Why doesn’t the on-line bidder win the prize?

Children At Risk’s on-line auction is different from most on-line auctions in that the auction does not end with the winning bidder on-line. At 2 p.m. on Sunday 29th Oct the highest bidder is announced on-line but bidding continues at the Four Malls for another 90 minutes allowing time for on-line bidders to get to the Mall to continue bidding. The reason for this is that pumpkins are perishable and we need winners to take them home with their prize package. We suggest that if you really want to win that you go to the Mall where the pumpkin is located and continue to bid there.

Why does the same person keeping out bidding themselves?

As well as on-line, bidding also takes place at the Malls throughout the period and these are added to the on-line bids by the Mall Managers under the Mall ID to keep the highest bid current.

What if I win the prize package and can’t get to the Mall before closing?

All ultimate winners will be contacted by Telephone. At this time you can make arrangements to collect the pumpkin either later that evening or from the Office on Monday or Tuesday.

What are the closing times of each Mall?

Billings Bridge Shopping Centre - 5. p.m.
Carlingwood Shopping Centre - 6 p.m.
Merivale Mall - 6 p.m.
Place D’Orleans - 5 p.m.

What is the location of each Mall?

Billings Bridge Shopping Centre, 2277 Riverside Dr, Ottawa. K1H 7X6
Carlingwood Shopping Centre, 2011 Carlingwood Ave, Ottawa. K2A 1H2
Merivale Mall, 1642 Merivale Road, Nepean. K2G 4A1
Place D’Orleans, 110 Place D’Orleans Drive, Ottawa. K1C 2L9

What happens if I can’t collect my pumpkin or do not want my pumpkin?

Pumpkins will be kept until Tuesday evening (31st October)at the Children At Risk offices. After this time they will be disposed of. At the time of winning if you don’t wish to have the pumpkin please say so and it will be given to someone else. On occasions pumpkins rot and have to be disposed of during the auction period. This is outside of our control and we will try and replace it with another pumpkin but do not guarantee this.

Can I be mailed my Prize Package ?

If you do not want the pumpkin and the prize package are tickets or easily mailed, these can be mailed to you at the discretion of the Children At Risk office. If you make this decision after the Mall has contacted you on Sunday, please call the office to make these arrangements at 613 741 8255.

2017 marks an incredible 22 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 and Councillors, the West Ottawa Board of Trade & Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Ottawa Senators, Ottawa 67’s, RedBlacks and Fury as well as MPP’s Lisa MacLeod, Bob Chiarelli, John Fraser, Marie-France Lalonde, Yasir Naqvi, Nathalie Des Rosiers, MP’s David McGuinty, Karen McCrimmon, Catherine McKenna, Andrew Leslie, Mona Fortier & Chandra Arya to name just a few - plus many other local businesses, radio, television and newspaper personalities. Participants compete for the lucky “Top Thirteen” list of carvers for 2017 and a Trophy for the Top Carver!

The pumpkin creations will be on display at Merivale Mall after our Reception at 10 AM on Thursday, October 26 – then additionally at Carlingwood Shopping Centre, Place d’Orléans and (NEW!) Billings Bridge Shopping Centre from Friday, October 27 to Sunday, October 29. Visitors to the Malls can vote for their favourite pumpkin or celebrity by donating spare change. **ONCE AGAIN** this year will be Ballots for 3 Grand Prize Draws from all 4 Malls! ALSO Celebrities have donated “Prize Packages” for silent auction bidding (on-site & on-line ) Our Auction Site this year is with:


With the support of the Celebrity Carvers and generous donations from our community, funds raised in the previous 21 years total over $139,612! 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!
Not being able to speak is not the same as having nothing to say!

Other Participating Celebrities Include:
Carter & Sandra (KISS FM)
Matt Demers – Hollywood In The Valley
Bruce Garrioch (Ottawa Sun)
Ian Black & Hallie Cotnam (CBC)
Tappa Hair Salon & Beauty Bar
Daytime - Rogers TV, Cable 22
The Morning HOT Tub (The New HOT 89.9)
Ottawa New Year’s Charity Ball
Metroland Media
Danielle Allard – Ottawa Musician
Dean Brown (TSN 1200 AM)
Jesse, Jenna, Dayna B & Eilish (JUMP! 106.9)
YMCA-YWCA National Capital Region
Rebecca Lafrance (New Country 94)
Stuntman Stu & Angie Poirier (Majic 100 FM)
Tim Morgan, Heather Ray & Dylan Black – (boom 99.7 FM)
Codi & Nida (Jewel 98.5 FM Morning Show)
Steve & Brian (Jewel 98.5 FM Afternoon Drive)
Kornicky, Carlee Quinn, Darryl Spring, Christian Dinish & Todd Bernard - Rebel 101.7 FM

City of Ottawa Councillors
Jeff Leiper, Keith Egli, Mark Taylor, Bob Monette, Jody Mitic, George Darouze, Diane Deans, Allan Hubley, Tobi Nussbaum, Shad Qadri, Jean Clouthier,Jan Harder, Tim Tierney, Marianne Wilkinson & Michael Qaqish, Ottawa Police Deputy Chief Jill Skinner,Surgenor Barrhaven Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Fatboys Smokehouse, Success In Steps, Cora’s, Carol Kassis’s Pampered Chef, Jim Durrell Capital Dodge, Wine Racks - Merivale Mall & Carlingwood, Tiny Hoppers Barrhaven, Orleans, Kanata North & Bridlewood, CIBC Merivale Mall, Vivah Jewellery Billings, Lisa Zanon-Speech Therapy, CM Photography, Pixelcraft Studio, Planet Fitness Merivale Mall, Family Harmonies Familiales, Hilton Garden Inn, Creatrix Design Group, Vanier & Associates, Jennifer Chamberlain–Royal Lepage Team Realty, Sky High Snow Removal & Roofing, Giggles & Hearts, ASNY Productions, Algonquin & Prince of Wales Animal Hospitals, Orleans Family Dentistry, House of Targ, Hair by Janice, Lauren Kerkhoff’s Scentsy, Capital Chordettes, BeaverTails, Lindsey Mills Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School, Jays’s Barber Shop, Printwell St. Laurent, Giggles & Pie, Vito Pilieci, Wayne Scanlan & Joanne Laucius (Ottawa Citizen), 1310 AM NEWS & Doc & Woody and Eric the Intern (CHEZ 106.1 FM), JJ Clarke, Megan Shaw & Annie Bergeron-Oliver (CTV Ottawa News), Sports Alumni Shaun Van Allen (Ottawa Senators Alumni) & Jock Climie (CFL Alumni & TSN Analyst)

Photo Opportunity
Celebrities have been invited, to deliver their pumpkin creations to Merivale Mall (Centre Court) at 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 26th. Pumpkins will then be divided and transferred to Carlingwood Shopping Centre, Place d’Orléans and Billings Bridge for Friday, October 27th with voting continuing until 3:30 PM on Sunday, October 29th.

Background -Autism is a lifelong neurological, developmental disorder that now affects 1 in every 68 North American children, with 54 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 yet again in 2017, 375% from 2011! 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. Saturday Fun Club & Family Fun Nights offer Respite for Families – and recreational FUN for the children! 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!

Kids – Autism….Let’s Help!



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