As a Not-For-Profit organization, we are very proud to serve not only active and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP, but also a wide variety of community groups, youth, and seniors. We host a variety of leagues such as darts, horseshoes, cribbage and indoor lawn bowling. We are well known in the area for our Friday night buffet, live-entertainment dance events, and Saturday morning breakfasts. Further, we are a competitively priced location for events like weddings, group fundraisers, special dinners, and other celebrations.
Unfortunately, on March 23, 2020 due to the world health emergency we had to close our doors. As a Not-For-Profit organization we depend solely on revenue from bar sales, hall rentals and kitchen sales to pay operating expenses.
Our Legion is administered by an elected committee of volunteers, which has worked since closing the doors to cut costs to the bare minimum, including reluctantly laying off the few paid staff and reducing utility usage wherever feasible. Even with these actions we still face costs of approximately $6,000/month, but no revenue coming in.
Our Executive Committee is scared. After almost 30 years of operation, we are facing the very real threat of losing our building and our ability to support veterans and the Orleans community. Our last recourse is this appeal to the public to help us get through the mandated closure, so that we may continue to provide the services to our Orleans Community that we have become known for.
Anticipating that the earliest the restrictions will be lifted is June, and knowing that July and August are historically lower income months, we have set a goal of raising $25,000 to ensure our critical bills are paid. Every dollar counts, and sharing this with your friends and family helps too. Any money left after meeting the immediate needs of the Legion will be given to the local food bank.
If you prefer to send the donation directly to the Legion, please contact us for further information.
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