Dixville Foundation adapts annual fundraiser with at-home wine and cheese

By Matthew McCully
Dixville Foundation adapts annual fundraiser with at-home wine and cheese
(Photo : Matthew McCully)

While gatherings are not an option, wine and cheese is still on the menu for the Dixville Foundation’s annual fundraiser, only this year supporters are invited to indulge from the comfort of their own homes.
“We’ve had to adapt to the new reality,” explained the foundation’s director general Donald Warnholtz.
For more than 40 years, the Dixville Foundation has dedicated itself to promote a better quality of life for children and adults having an intellectual disability or an autism spectrum disorder.
“We really want to make sure that we don’t put anybody at risk,” Warnholtz said, taking a creative approach to move ahead with this year’s fundraising event.
The evening has been a tradition for over 35 years, Warnholtz said.
The gourmet theme will be retained, but this year supporters can enjoy the spread at home.
Platters for two will be prepared by Sherbrooke catering company La Faim Finaude including five prize-winning cheeses from local producers, as well as a selection of deli meats, breads and side dishes. The boxes can be picked up from one of three locations in the area (In front of RM Stator, 541, Main Street West, Coaticook, CRDITED, 1621 Prospect, Sherbrooke or the foundation Office, 34 rue Queen, Lennoxville) on Nov. 6 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Supporters are invited to select their own wines to pair with the charcuterie box for two, available for $110 which includes a $30 tax receipt. The foundation will host a Facebook live event that evening thanking supporters.
The funds raised during the campaign will be used to finance respite services, day camps, activities at the Drop-In Center, transportation and housing.
According to Warnholtz, the Dixville Foundation closed in the early months of the year along with the rest of the province, and then re-opened in June, but suspended activities again in September when the Estrie changed to orange alert level.
The clientele is feeling the effects of the pandemic, Warnholtz said.
Purchases can be made for the boxes and tickets on website: fondationdixville.org, or by phone at 819-933-6033.

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