Three local organizations received a big holiday boost this year, thanks to the efforts of Winchester Arms’ managers, suppliers, fellow business owners and customers.
The downtown Dundas eatery raised an unprecedented $14,000 that was donated to McMaster Children’s Hospital, the Dundas Salvation Army and Mark Preece Family House, which provides accommodation to families of patients in Hamilton area hospitals. The Preece house donation was made as a tribute to long-time Winchester Arms customer Bobby Killen.
Winchester Arms owner Pauline Lee said the holiday donations continue a nine-year-old tradition that has raised a total of $40,000.
Along with a raffle table that featured items “stacked to the ceiling,” money was raised through celebrity bartender nights, featuring business owners Bruce Eccles and Les Gradiec, and CH CH News reporter Sharon McCulloch and her father-in-law Dave. Managers also gave up their tips on specific evenings.
“I can’t thank people enough,” said Lee. “It’s absolutley incredible that we raised $14,000 this year.”