Raising the roof at the Legion

By Miriam King, Bradford Times

The Bradford Legion discovered it had a leaking roof, during several functions at the Legion Hall – and after “those big storms” that swept through southern Ontario this Spring left puddles on the floor.

An investigation discovered that it was more than just the roof: a gas line was not up to code, and needed to be reinstalled, and the Air Conditioning unit was in the wrong place.

“So we're getting it all done,” said Legion President Mike Giovanetti – and now hosting fundraisers, to help cover the costs, which have grown to well over $30,000.

The Raising the Roof Dinner & Dance on Saturday night was the first fundraiser dedicated to raising the money for a new roof – and not only Legion members, but the greater community came out to support the event.

There was appreciation for all that the Legion does, for veterans, their spouses and families, but also for the food bank, local charities like Canadian Tire JumpStart, Southlake Regional Health Centre, and youth programs.

The evening, organized by Nicole Theriault, included a buffet dinner, dancing to a DJ, raffles and more – and raised an estimated $4,690 by the end of the evening.
Among the guests were Mayor Rob Keffer and wife Jean. Mayor Keffer praised the Legion initiatives, that include the new Veteran Banner Program, which will honour veterans in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day; and the effort to bring a new Air Cadet Squadron to Bradford.

The Squadron, which will be named in honour of Orville Hand, RCAF, is close to becoming a reality. Only 25 names, expressing interest in a local Squadron of Air Cadets, is needed to move forward. Twenty-two names have already been received. Families interested in signing up their young people for the new Air Cadet Squadron in Bradford are asked to contact Mobbs at destry40, with their name and phone number.

There was also a presentation, during the evening. Ron Werda, of Tai Chi Bradford, presented Giovanetti with a hand-carved  mug bearing the RCAF crest, reportedly carved by a prisoner of war – as a thank you, for allowing the Tai Chi grop to meet at the Legion Hall on Monday nights.

“I'm thankful to everyone who came out and donated their time and their money for a very successful event,” said Theriault.