Dirty Dash organizers ‘humbled’ by tremendous support

Second annual event had $50k as goal

Photo of last year's Dirty Dash event courtesy Edward Allen.

All photos by Edward John Allen

While the financial results of this Saturday’s second annual “Dirty Dash” have yet to be tallied, one thing is certain: the support from the community has been humbling to the folks at Rebound Sarnia-Lambton, a local organization that helps area youth with a number of programs.

Spokesman Jack Poirier said the feedback from across the community, including through event sponsor Assante Wealth Management, was tremendous.

“This kind of event wouldn’t be possible without the support we received,” Jack Poirier, fund development coordinator, Rebound Sarnia-Lambton.

“It really is humbling to know that we have so many individuals and groups supporting youth in this community,” he added.

While Poirier acknowledged that the organization didn’t invent the idea, Rebound has redefined the initiative by doing it in a way that keeps all the funds in the community.

“Most of the other events that may be similar are done by companies that come in to a community and donate a portion of the funds,” he said. “In our case, everything is completely organized locally, with local support. Every dollar that is raised through the event stays right here, supporting the services that we provide.”

Sarnia-Lambton Rebound was founded in 1984 and has successfully served over 30,000 young people from across Lambton County. The organization takes a leadership role in providing life skills facilitation, education, and cognitive skill development programs that have played an integral role in the development of each of its programs.

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