By Julia Hansen, Special to The News
Late on Saturday afternoon on Aug. 31, while the crowds were gathered at Christie Lake for the Harvest Picnic just a few minutes away, a smaller group gathered on a Greensville court to share food and drink, celebrate the end of the summer and raise some money for a local charity.
The first Grandview Court street party took place with neighbours, families and friends all taking part. The event was not only a social event, but an opportunity to raises funds for Routes Youth Centre in Dundas.
Over $1,300 was raised via a 50/50 draw and raffle. Businesses overwhelmingly supported the event by donating goods and services.
Every dollar raised through the 50/50 draw and raffle was delivered to Routes, and during the street party, Routes representative Susan Creer outlined Routes’ mission of providing a safe place and guidance for youth by building relationships in a social and caring environment.
The idea of hosting the party was discussed earlier in the summer and through the hard work of Karen Balch — otherwise known as the mayor of the street — the event became a reality.