New fundraiser taking shape for Rebound

Officials say they're 'taking a break' from Dirty Dash with 'Hearts & Handbags for Rebound'

Anita Minielly is the fund development and marketing coordinator for Sarnia-Lambton Rebound.

Change is in the air for Sarnia-Lambton Rebound, the local organization whose mission continues to be a caring partner in the successful development of youth in the area.

For several years, one of Rebound’s most successful fundraisers has been the annual “Dirty Dash,” an event that is exactly as it sounds—lots of mud and fun as teams raced through various obstacles in Canatara Park.

But as Anita Minielly, fund development and marketing co-ordinator for Rebound said recently, attendance at the event has been declning and the organization is replacing it with a designer handbag auction.

“Hearts and Handbags for Rebound” is being described as a “Girls Night Out” to be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Point Edward.

Included in the evening will be a silent auction and live auction with various designer handbags featured.

Tickets for the event are $50 and include complimentary champaign, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a candy station, and an opportunity to win a designer handbag.

Minielly said Rebound is currently seeking all levels of sponsorships, including donations for a charitable tax receipt.

All money raised will support the organization’s programming/events for girls. Those include a Girls Mentoring Program, STAGE (Strategies Toward Achieving Girl Empowerment) and The Cinderella Project.

Minielly said Hearts and Handbags for Rebound is based on a successful fundraiser for a Guelph hospice.

Tickets for the event are available online at and in person at the Rebound office.

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