Port Elgin Legion gives back to the community
by Sandy Lindsay

April 5, 2016

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(L-R) Legion's Blair Eby, Jim Barbour of the Hospital Board, Executive Director Sally Kidson, Legion's Mary Alexander and Legion Auxiliary's Brenda Collins

(L-R) Owen Sound Hospital Foundation's Willard Vanderplug, Blair Eby, Mary Alexander of the Legion Branch and Brenda Collins of the Legion Auxiliary

Port Elgin Branch 340 of the Royal Canadian Legion was giving back to the community on Tuesday, April 5th (2016), when it handed out funds to various groups.

The Owen Sound Hospital Foundation received $3,000 from the Poppy Fund, $2,000 from the Branch and another $230 for oncology.

Then, it was the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation's turn when it was presented with $3,500 from the branch for the new Emergency Room and Lab expansion and an additional $3,000 from the Poppy Fund. 

Executive Director, Sally Kidson, said that to date, the Legion branch and Auxiliary have donated $174,648 to the Hospital.  "Your donations are about neighbours helping neighbours," said Kidson, "and, if you need medical help, it will be there." 

Port Elgin Saugeen Central School Principal Deborah Rayner accepted cheque from Legion's Mary Alexander

The $500 donation to Port Elgin Saugeen Central School will be used for the new outdoor classroom.  "The classroom was a dream for a long time," said Principal Deborah Rayner. "This year we partnered with the High School's trades students and the classroom is almost complete.  We are excited about using it for things like outdoor concerts

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The Saugeen Track & Field Club also received help for its upcoming trip to the Legion National Track Meet in Montreal.  Glen Elliot accepted the $1,050 and said that, "The Legion is supporting young people with hopes and dreams."

Mary Alexander and Brenda Collins presented a cheque to Glen Elliot, V-P of the Saugeen Track & Field Club

This year, the Legion branch has donated $7,000 from the Poppy Fund, $4,900 from the Branch 340, and $4,500 from the Ladies' Auxiliary for a total of $16,400 to many community organizations and projects.

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