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100 Strong for charity

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Apr 27, 2014 - 10:03 AM |
Anna Maria Barsanti (right) found more than 100 people to donate $100 for a local charity during last year's 100-Plus Strong campaign. From left, Kelly Beeson, Michelle Cloutier, Brenda Tessaro, Toula Sakellaris, Deborah Rousseau and Nancy Dozzi all participated. This year's event takes place May 14. File photo.

Anna Maria Barsanti (right) found more than 100 people to donate $100 for a local charity during last year's 100-Plus Strong campaign. From left, Kelly Beeson, Michelle Cloutier, Brenda Tessaro, Toula Sakellaris, Deborah Rousseau and Nancy Dozzi all participated. This year's event takes place May 14. File photo.

One hundred people will come together for one hour May 14 to raise $10,000 for a local charity.

It’s all part of the second 100 Strong campaign.

Each participant brings a cheque for $100. Each cheque equals one vote. Each participant can nominate a local charity, and the charity is entered into a draw. Five ballots will be drawn. The people who nominated a selected charity will then have five minutes to convince the group to vote for their charity.


The charity that receives the most votes receives a $10,000 donation, the sum of each participant’s $100 contribution.

Last year’s charity was the Greater Sudbury Police Service Chief’s Youth Initiative Fund.

“Every once in a while an idea grabs someone’s attention,” said organizer Anna Maria Barsanti, in a press release. “This idea, which comes from the book 'Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible' by Regina Brett, grabbed mine and I decided to make it happen.”

Barsanti invited community members to participate in the first-ever 100 Strong event last spring, and said she was ecstatic with the response.

“It caught on and before I knew it, we were well on our way towards achieving our goal,” she said. “This simple concept had a huge impact.”

The event takes place at the council chambers at Tom Davies Square starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, email Barsanti at [email protected].

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