Kottage Breakfast: Spirit of Generosity
Nothing goes better with coffee and breakfast than a little bit of generosity, and the kind people gathered at the Chateau Lacombe for our Kottage Breakfast fundraiser on November 17 were very generous!
The event featured special guest speaker Dave Mowat, President and CEO of ATB, and his colleague Glenn Kubish, Director of Media and Story for ATB, who chatted about their visit to Kids Kottage, and the importance of supporting non-profits even in a struggling economy.
Dave told those gathered in the full ballroom that it wasn’t what he saw at Kids Kottage that impressed him the most, it was what he didn’t see — it wasn’t a big, shiny building, or an institution. Walking into the Kottage, he said, reminded him of walking into a mudroom at any house.
“It felt like coming into the back door of a house in Sherwood Park,” he said. “It kind of felt like home.”
Dave explained that on one level, the Kottage functions almost similarly to a bank, saying, “It’s hard to place value on an organization that makes sure things don’t happen. It’s about insurance, prevention, and building support. Banks facilitate others to do something, and I think Kids Kottage does the same.”
Both banks and Kids Kottage are in the business of preventing bad things from happening, he said.
Glenn added that because of Kids Kottage, “Nothing happens. And that’s beautiful.”
Edmontonians are lucky to have Kids Kottage to rely on, and Dave said that even those who have never had to use the Kottage’s services should still recognize how important that support is.
“Probably all of us are closer to using Kids Kottage than we think,” he said. “You feel a little alone as a parent. The fact that we might never have had to use the Kottage is just luck — and that’s a reason in itself to support the Kottage.
“Everybody wants to be a good mom or dad, there are just places where we lose our confidence.”
He also explained the unique spirit of generosity in Alberta, where everyone has worked hard for the things they have, and know how small the difference can be between those who make it and those who struggle. That awareness leads to a huge spirit of generosity here, which was on display during our auction!
Thanks to the generosity of those in attendance, we raised nearly $48,000 from winning auction bids and donations!
Dave and Glenn told the story of a little girl they met while visiting the Kottage, who was playing with building blocks, and Dave said it struck him that this little girl was building something.
“It reminded me of how Kids Kottage was building something too,” he said. “Something fragile and precious.”
Thanks to the generosity of those in attendance, our supporters, our Earth Angels, and our sponsors, we are able to keep building the strength and confidence of Edmonton’s vulnerable families.
In particular, we would like to thank our sponsor, Bell Canada, and Dave Mowat, as well as emcee Thomas Lukaszuk and auctioneer Sine Chadi. Sine Chadi also donated a signed jersey from Edmonton Eskimo Mike Reilly to our auction! Thank you to our other auction donors, Boris Dordjevic, the Edmonton Eskimo Alumni, Don and Karen Clipperton, Nev’r Dun Acres, Prairie Mill Bread Co., Jurassic Forest & Learning Centre, Flair Interiors and Decorating, Fifendekel, Fred Katz Photography, Dentons Canada LLP, the Citadel Theatre, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, the Edmonton Oil Kings, the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club, Crystal Glass, Landmark Group, Douglas Fulford, the Chateau Lacombe, Joanne Simmonds and Bernie Brown, and Empire Life.
Thank you to Fabulous Balloons, Production world, and Amplomedia for helping make our event look and sound so good, and to our event committee Karen Clipperton, Vic Bidzinski, Jacqueline Frend, Lance Johnson, and Shona Wards! We were also able to give away adorable desk calendars featuring art done by kids at the Kottage thanks to the generosity of Browlee LLP.
We hope to see everybody at our next breakfast on May 24th!