Une invitée très spéciale - A very special guest

(Francais ci-après)

I am thrilled to announce that Ève-Marie Lortie (principal anchor for TVA’s popular morning show Salut, Bonjour!) will be joining us for the “Brunch for Wishes” Fundraising event! Don’t miss the opportunity to come and meet Éve-Marie and hear about her own KILIMANJARO experience (in 2009)!

About Ève-Marie Lortie:

Born and raised in Saguenay Lac St-Jean, Ève-Marie Lortie began her career in radio. Starting as a journalist in Grands-Saults, New Brunswick and Timmins, Ontario, she has also worked in the Quebec region. In 1996 Ève-Marie made the move to television and since 2003 she has been the main anchor person on TVA’s popular morning show – Salut Bonjour!

In 2009, Ève-Marie participated in the TVA’s “Kilimandjaro – Un sommet de générosité” – an activity that raised over $1 million for the Fondation Centre de cancérologies Charles Bruneau.

For more information about BRUNCH FOR WISHES - click here


J’ai le plaisir d’annoncer qu'Ève-Marie Lortie (présentrice de nouvelles officielle de Salut, Bonjour!) sera parmi nous lors de l’activité de financement « Brunch pour leurs voeux ». Ne manquez pas l’opportunité de la rencontrer et d'en savoir plus à propos de sa propre aventure au KILIMANJARO (en 2009)!

À propose d’Ève Marie Lortie :

Originaire du Saguenay Lac St-Jean, Ève-Marie Lortie débute sa carrière à la radio. D'abord journaliste à Grands-Saults au Nouveau-Brunswick, puis Timmins en Ontario, elle a aussi travaillé dans la région de Québec. C'est en 1996 qu'Ève-Marie Lortie a traversé au télévision et depuis août 2003, elle est la présentatrice de nouvelles officielle de Salut, Bonjour !

En 2009. Ève-Marie Lortie a participer à « Kilimanjaro : Un sommet de générosité » - un aventure qui a amassé plus de un million $ pour la Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau.

Pour plus d'informations au sujet de l'événement Brunch pour leurs voeux - cliquez ici


Interview on "I SPY MONTREAL"

I would like to say a huge thank you to Jessica of I SPY MONTREAL for passing on my fundraising adventure/story through her very cool site for Montreal parents...

I Spy Interview: Montreal Mom to Climb Kilimanjaro

I SPY MONTREAL asked me some really good questions... not all of which are currently answered in my blog posts... check it out for more about why and how I'm doing this!



a "HUGE" week!

If you are my “friend” or if you’re following my Summit for Wishes project on FACEBOOK, you’ve seen the following status updates this week…

Yeehaw!!!! Just received $1400 and $500 from Centennial Regional High School - THANK YOU to the students and organizers of the Entrepreneur Fair and Country Fair!!!!! (july 16, 2010)


$6841... so close to 50%... I can taste it! (july 19, 2010)

In 4 days, a total of $3200 was added to my fundraising, bringing the total up to $7076.00. Incredible. Truly and unbelievably incredible.


Fundraiser: BBQ at IGA

bagging groceries
baking for bake sale
"manning" the bake sale table
"manning" the BBQ

hot dogs & buns*

* IGA is asking suppliers to sponsor these items

Contact me (ok.with.andrea@gmail.com) if you can spare a couple hours (or several... I'll take whatever you're willing to give!) to help make this fundraiser a HUGE success!

Fundraiser: Garage Sale (August 7 & 8 )

Update on August 9th:
The garage sale was huge success - raising an additional $750 for Summit for Wishes!!!
Thank you to everyone who donated stuff or stopped by and paid a little extra "just because"

Please contact me (ok.with.andrea@gmail.com) if you have old or un-used items that you would like to donate to this "fundraiser" GARAGE SALE.

Date: August 7 & 8, 2010
Location of Garage Sale is still TBC.


Brunch for wishes - Brunch pour leurs voeux

(Français ci-après)


You are officially invited to attend a special ladies only fundraising event - "Brunch for wishes" on Saturday August 28th at the Bifthèque Boucherville (see details below). This is one of the major fundraising activities planned for my Summit for Wishes project and I'm hoping to bring together 150 + lovely ladies and raise between $3000 and $4000 for Make-A-Wish Quebec.

I'm really excited about this one and I'm sure you'll agree that it's the perfect opportunity to get together a group of women (friends, family, etc.) for a few hours of fun - and for a good cause! There will be food (buffet style), special guests (more information coming soon...) and of course, some lovely door prizes.

Tickets are $25 each ($20 of which will go directly to the Foundation) and are officially on sale until August 7, 2010. Reserve yours today and pass the invitation on to all the ladies you know!


J'ai le plaisir de vous inviter à vous joindre à moi pour une activité de financement réservée pour vou! Le « Brunch pour leurs vœux » aura lieu le samedi 28 août prochain au Bifthèque Boucherville (voir les détails ci-dessous). Étant l’une des activités de financement principale pour mon projet « Sommet pour leurs vœux », je vise à rassembler plus de 150 femmes et amasser entre 3000 $ et 4000 $ pour la Fondation Fais-Un-Voeu du Québec.

J’ai vraiment hâte au brunch et je suis certaine que vous serez d’accord que c’est une occasion parfaite pour rassembler un groupe de femmes dynamiques (amies, membres de votre famille, etc.) pour quelques heures de placotage et de plaisir entre « filles », et ce, pour une bonne cause! Il y aura de la bouffe (style buffet), des invitées spéciales (informations à venir…) et, évidemment, des prix de présence magnifiques.

Les billets sont en vente au coût de 25 $ (dont 20 $ iront directement à la Fondation) dès maintenant et jusqu’au 7 août 2010. Réservez le vôtre aujourd’hui… et passez le mot!

(Click on the flyer to enlarge and view details -
cliquez sur l'image pour l’agrandir afin de voir les détails)

For more information - Pour plus d'informations:
ok.with.andrea@gmail.com or carolyne_stonge@yahoo.ca


Canada Day in BLUE & WHITE...


I was a little concerned when we decided to do "face-painting" during the Greenfield Park Canada Day festivities. Not only was it going to be my first real "face-painting" experience (other then what I've done with Layla at home... for no one to observe or critique!), when I picked up the Make-A-Wish t-shirts from the Montreal office... I was thinking... perfect colors... for St-Jean-Baptiste Day!
Oh well... the show must go on. And it could have been much worse... it could have been red and white shirts on St-Jean-Baptiste-Day. :-)

So on July 1st I found myself at the heart of Canada Day celebrations (for the first time in years) AND I was wearing blue and white instead of the traditional red and white. :-)

What a fun experience though. At the end of the day, my back ached, my bottom was sore from sitting on the picnic table bench for hours... but I was satisfied with (and very thankful for) the constant stream of children coming to have their faces painted, the coins filling the donation jars, the 2 lovely (and very hard working) ladies who gave their time to wear white & blue and paint faces alongside me (for 6+ hours!)...

There was sun, there was rain, there were people giving big donations, people giving quarters and pennies... and best of all... there were gasps and big smiles (the spider man boys gave the BEST reactions!) from the children as we revealed the finished product in Carolyne's purple "princess" mirror.

And we raised $325 for "Summit for Wishes"! Awesome!