Don of all Trades Charity BBQ Benefiting Woman’s Shelter


 Don of all Trades Family Charity BBQ Event Benefiting Herizon House Woman’s Shelter


On Saturday, June  24, we were once again  delighted to invite our friends, clients, local businesses owners, neighbors and family around for our third annual Don of all Trades Charity BBQ Event benefiting Herizon House Women’s Shelter as  it made for a fun and inspirational afternoon and helps the community!

Shout Out to our Volunteers!

This year Don decided on building a very special Helping Hands Food Donation Bin and our beautiful nieces worked very hard to help this bin look even more special by adding their artistic talents and messages they wanted share about giving back to the community. These two beautiful girls did such an amazing job. The bin was beautiful!


We were so glad our good friend Carlo came over to give Don a hand with the cooking. Carlo was a tremendous help and fixed our burger malfunction issues right away! The burgers were delicious. Great job Carlo and thank you!


Setting Up for Our Event!


Thank you Mother Nature for blessing our Don of all Trades Family BBQ Event with the PERFECT WEATHER on Saturday June 24, 2017! After over a month of rain, we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to celebrate with so many wonderful people for such a great cause!

Our event is getting a little bigger every year with new guests wanting to show their support and just have a good time. This year we added another 10×10 Gazebo Tent to keep everyone protected from the sun and rain.  With a lot of planning and organizing in advance, this day went off without a hitch.

The Food

We decided to keeping it all simple with a basic menu of hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, condiments, buns, a variety of cold salads, watermelon, cold beverages, freezes for the kids and we saved the best for last…CAKE!

Party Time!

Thank you to everyone who came out and showed their support and donated non perishable food items including raising money at our raffle prize table and for adding new Helping Hands to add to our Tree of Hope in aid of Herizon House Woman’s Shelter.

Don and I are so happy our guests  attended and it was  so nice seeing some old faces and new ones! Our only regret was that our sons weren’t able to attend because of work.  We wished we could have spent more time talking to everyone. These incredible guests helped make our event a HUGE SUCCESS! We hope they all had a good time.  We look forward to hosting this event again next year and hope you’ll come back to join us!

The Best Part…Dessert

Don of all Trades has always ended an event with cake! After all who doesn’t like cake? We love cake! This wasn’t just an ordinary cake. This was a special Helping Hands Cake in both chocolate and vanilla cake flavouring with a custard filling. Did I mention that this  was a BIG cake? A full slab to be exact and everyone who came to this event all had a piece because everyone donated a helping hand to add to our Tree of Hope. Thank you Whitby Shores Metro for creating yet another beautiful cake for such a special event. It was delicious!



Every guest who attended our Don of all Trades Family Charity BBQ also went home with a swag bag filled with lots of neat items and goodies.

Our Raffle Prize Table

Our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program raised $300.00 through our raffle prize table during our third annual Don of All Trades Family Charity BBQ Event on June 24. Linda Cully , owner of Linda’s Esthetics  was on a roll winning lots of prizes at this event!

At Herizon House, cash donations can be used for the following:
⦁ Sending a taxi to pick up the women and children who call our crisis line and are fleeing from violence
⦁ Medications/prescriptions
⦁ The purchase of bus passes
⦁ School trips for the children
⦁ Slush fund for the women and kids – money on hand for unforeseen immediate needs such as underclothing in their size or items needed for the children’s schooling/special needs.

Donated Prizes


A very special thanks going out to the following friends and local businesses who donated raffle prizes for this event:

George Zois- Sales Representative-Island Heritage Realty Inc Brokerage

Rhonda Lee Axhorn – Sales Representative-Island Heritage Realty Inc Brokerage

Michelle Medeiros-Owner and Principal Designer-House Dreamer

Carmela D’Alessandro-Owner & Jewelry Designer-Grabbing Crowns

Stephanie Atwood-Owner-Tranquility Matters All Natural Home Made Beauty Products

Cindy Carpenter-Owner-Okie Dokie Creations

Marilyn Nickerson-Owner of Skin Cellutions Advanced Skincare & Laser Centre

Cristina Lamanna-Store Operator at Whitby Shores Metro

Whitby Whole Sale Club

Shannon Sheppard-Advanced Hearing Ontario

Sudesh Tambyah-Manager at LA Fitness Center-350 Taunton Road East, Whitby  -416-931-8357

Tracy Tuberfield-Travel Agency Owner at Just Go Travel Solutions

Holistic Health and Fitness

and a thank you to our friends Marg and Yvonne who also donated raffle prizes!

Introducing New Helping Hands To Add To Our Tree of Hope!

Check Out What Was Donated

There was  no charge for this event but we asked  for each guest to donate NON-PERISHABLE Food items from  our wish-list  for the women and children staying at the shelter and for their outreach program.

We did it! Thanks to your generous support, our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program raised $300.00 through our raffle prize table during our third annual Don of All Trades Family Charity BBQ Event with 211 non-perishable food items and 2 bags of brand new women’s clothing which was all donated to Herizon House Women’s Shelter.  These gifts  provides critical support at Herizon House as they have a full food service program and are always in need of food.

At Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we believe it’s important to give back to the community. By supporting organizations like Herizon House Women’s Shelter we acknowledge that in order to end the cycle of violence we must work in partnership with our community.

On behalf of all of us at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services thank you again for participating at our charity event., donating a new Helping Hand to add to our Tree of Hope and supporting women and their children in Durham Region!







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