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Grandparents Day Dinner readies for a sixth year 0

By Brandon Logan, Portage Daily Graphic

The Grandparents Day Dinner will use the Herman Prior Centre as their location this year. (File photo)

The Grandparents Day Dinner will use the Herman Prior Centre as their location this year. (File photo)

Grandmothers Giving will put on their sixth annual Grandparents Day Dinner on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Herman Prior Centre.

Volunteer Donna Nielsen said all funds raised from the dinner would go towards the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers Campaign.

“The proceeds will help grandparents in Africa who have to take care of young children,” she said. “It will help fight for their cause.”

The annual event is one of the largest that is put on by Grandmothers Giving in Portage la Prairie.

After hosting the event last year at Trinity United Church, the event was moved to the Herman Prior Centre this year. This will allow for a larger seating capacity.

“It’s one of our bigger fundraisers of the year,” said Nielsen. “We have seating for up to 250 people.”

Last year the dinner saw close to 200 people attend. Janet Schellenberg, co-chair of Grandmothers Giving, said she hopes to see over 200 people out this year.

“We moved to a larger venue because we feel we can get more people out,” she said. “There are also no stairs at the Herman Prior Centre, so it is easier for the older people to make it out.”

Last year, the event raised close to $2,000. With a few more expenses with the change of location, Schellenberg remains hopeful that they will see similar numbers.

“We think $2,000 is a good number,” she said. “We’ve been around that number for the past few years.”

See more in the Wednesday, Aug 22 edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.

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