With the wine hosted to bring cheers to the guests, and the hot food ready for the taking, the management of the JS Furniture Gallery, led by John and Maria Lita Salgueiro and John Lopes warmly welcomed the donors and guests at the Annual Wine and Cheese event held at the furniture store, thus benefiting St. Amant Centre and A Port in the Storm respectively.
“This special fund raising event focuses our charitable initiative to raise fund for St. Amant Centre and A Port in the Storm, two organizations that have been serving the Manitobans for many years. Myself, my wife Maria Lita and John Lopes, together with our staff and donors, have collaborated to make this event successful. And at the same time, we want to give back something to the community as our gesture for our 40th anniversary celebration,” says John Salgueiro, President of JS Furniture Gallery.
The two organizations, namely, St. Amant Centre is a comprehensive resource for Manitobans with developmental disabilities and autism. This is a not-for profit organization that offers a wide range of programs and services to support individuals and families;on the other hand, A Port in the Storm at St. Boniface serves rural and northern adults who require treatments in Winnipeg, furthermore, it provides a safe, supported and affordable home-like environment for these patients and their families. Both organizations accept donations.
At the annual cheese and wine, Patricia Benjaminson, President and Chairperson of A Port in the Storm, addressed the donors and guests; and John Lopes spoke on behalf of Juliet Mucha, fund raising executive of St. Amant Centre.
The guests include former Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz, Paulo and Maria Cabral, Portuguese consulate officer, John Leggot, CEO St. Amant Centre, Joe Palleta of Clarion and Holiday Inn (Ellice), Councillor Russ Wyatt, Ron Cantiveros, CEO & Publisher, Filipino Journal,; Randy Viray, Viray Financial; Dale Moldenhauer, President, GFS; Dr. Ramjiawan, St. Boniface Research Foundation, Husnie Zeid, Food Fare, Martin Khan, MK Global, Lori Marquette, Marguette Homes, and others.
“We would like to thank our partners in the success of this gathering and their continued support, ” says John Lopes, Vice-President of JS Furniture Gallery.
The donors include Food Fare, Boulevard Hotel, Holiday Inn (Ellice), Carlos Alfonso Wines, Wett Sales, Portuguese Association, MK Global, W.A. Print, Gordon Food Services and Bel-Ayre Rentals.
Photos by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal