Merry Martinis Fundraiser

November 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

The second annual holiday Party with a Purpose with the Saint John Community Christmas Exchange as its purpose has gone upscale!  Partnering with Hilton Saint John, FUSION‘s Ambassadors Committee is pulling out all the stops to raise much needed funds for Saint Johners in need this holiday season.

The classy event will be held on Wednesday, December 8th, from 6-8pm.  Your $50 ticket will get you unlimited cocktails and appetizers in a festive setting.  Everyone who is anyone will be there, so don’t miss out!

Details can be found in the following article, as appeared in the Telegraph Journal on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010.

FUSION is putting a festive spin on its December Party with a Purpose, partnering with the Saint John Hilton to host Merry Martinis, an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to kick off the holiday party season and support the Saint John Christmas Exchange.

This is the second year FUSION has supported the organization. This year they will be selling tickets in advance, which will give guests a chance to get into the holiday spirit with open bars, hor d’oeuvres and music.

The Saint John Christmas Exchange is a confidential central exchange service operated by community volunteers with the primary purpose of ensuring that no family in need goes without a Christmas dinner.

The group has been in operation for 30 years and works with approximately 60 churches in Greater Saint John to ensure that local families have food and gifts for the holidays by co-ordinating with the churches and service organizations to develop and maintain a registration list and link families in need to individuals, businesses and organizations to sponsor them, and make sure their holiday needs are met.

“Saint John’s high poverty rate is no secret – a sizeable percentage of families have significant difficulty making ends meet on a day-to-day basis,” says Merry Martinis co-chair Kelly Lawson. “Last year we adopted a family and helped out our less fortunate neighbours. This year we wanted to do something more, something bigger and better.”

Organizers are hoping to raise upwards of $6,000, which will be turned into grocery gift certificates for families in need. Saint John is a generous city, but despite the community’s best efforts, there are 200 to 300 families left without the help they need to get through the holidays every year.

Every ticket buyer will be participating in the donation – each Merry Martini ticket sold will provide a Saint John family with the funds for Christmas dinner.

“We wanted to create a signature holiday event, one that people anticipate because it’s fun and for a good cause,” said event co-chair Sean Payne. “This is the first year for Merry Martinis, and as time goes by we hope it will grow to be one of the signature charitable events of the holidays in the city.”

Merry Martinis will take place on Dec. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre. Tickets are $50, and available at Scheherazade Books and Music on Prince William Street and Je Suis Prest in Brunswick Square.

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Claire Ryan is on the FUSION Saint John board. Reach her at



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