Kickoff to Christmas will support youth programs at The Door

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Chaffey Hall will become a winter wonderland for one night this week to raise money for new programming at The Door Youth Centre.

Marcy Hill recently joined The Door as its ministry director and has added a variety of youth activities to appeal to a wide range of interests.

Current youth programming at The Door includes after-school yoga, a knitting program called Twisted Stitches, Tech Club where kids learn to take apart old computers and Xboxes and build something new, and Hill’s youth group, Atomic Youth.

Hill also has two new programs she is working toward launching but is waiting on funds to complete them. “In order for our programming to start we need to have a total of $14,000 raised,” she said. “I can’t wait to share with everyone what we have in store for the youth of Muskoka. Together we can make a difference in their lives.”

The new programs will include a girls running program that will focus on health and healthy body image, and partnered parents in which people with different levels of parenting experience will be partnered together to share the joys and struggles of parenting in order to make them feel less alone.

Hill says her future goal is to create an after-school care program for elementary-aged children as there is a desperate need for care between the hours of 3 and 5:30 p.m. while parents are at work.

The Kickoff to Christmas fundraiser is being organized Huntsville Rotarian and owner of Wine Excellence, Jennifer Jerrett, who is also involved in The Door’s youth group with Hill.

The event will feature a full night of entertainment from three local artists—James Gray, Paul Lagendyk and Christina Hutt—who will be singing a mix of both Christmas songs and their own originals.

Local chef Cynthia Simpson, of Word of Mouth catering and chef teacher at Canadore College, will create decadent appetizers throughout the night. There will also be a cash bar.

A silent auction will feature various items including a prime rib dinner and tiki torch party for six, a portable camping hammock, $200 of flooring from Refined Kitchen and Bath with a handwoven rug, and many more.

Kickoff to Christmas is this Thursday, November 21 from 7-11 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and can be bought at the door upon arrival, or in advance at The Door Youth Centre, the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, and Wine Excellence.

The Door relies on fundraisers like this, as well as monthly partnerships, in order to keep their programming running.

“We are so grateful for our monthly partnerships and we are hoping to gain more,” said Hill. “This could be anything from just $20 a month to $150 a month. We have all types of partners including businesses, churches and individuals. Being a part of the partnership with The Door gives people the opportunity to sit back and watch how they affect the lives of these kids in Muskoka which is amazing. We like to keep them active, updated and in the loop where their money is going.”

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