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August 2013 - letter to clients

Thank you for your interest in a charitable donation from DSG.

Since opening my shop in 2004, I’ve been proud to donate hundreds of gift baskets (see list below), as well as products and services to a wide range of worthy charities & local causes. Giving back to our community has been a pleasure - one of the more rewarding aspects of self-employment. I would like to thank all of our loyal customers for their support of our “bake sales to benefit” and our “soup sales to benefit” (see list below) that we’ve held in the shop.

With each passing year, we receive more and more requests for donations to many commendable causes. I’ve done my best to say yes to as many as possible. Unfortunately, we’ve reached a point where the number of requests has far outstripped our resources in terms of both time and capital.

Accordingly, I have made the decision to change the way DSG approaches charitable donations by focusing my attention on one particular cause each year by making a single monetary donation to that cause.

This past January, my Dad, Dave Shortt, was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He recently finished undergoing treatment and his prognosis is very good, for which I am extremely grateful.

My family could not have been more impressed with the level of care that Dad has received since his diagnosis. It took only a few days to run a thorough battery of tests to determine the extent and nature of the cancer. We have the excellent staff at Cancer Care Ontario to thank for that along with their compassionate mandate to run tests and report test results within two weeks.

At this time, I’ve made the decision to allocate the DSG’s resources earmarked for charitable donations to this particular cause (Cancer Care Ontario). My uncle has survived prostate cancer, and with a husband, two sons, a brother and two nephews, it seems a fitting choice.

I have so many loyal and wonderful customers and I know that it will be difficult for me to say no to their requests for their worthy causes. I anticipate being asked to make exceptions, however in order to remain fair to all my clients as well as the worthy charities they represent, I’m sure you will understand that I will not be able to do so.

Thank you for your support, and best wishes for a successful fundraising event.

Dana


DSG past charitable fundraisers: "bake sales to benefit..." and "soup sales to benefit...");
all profits went to support the fantastic work of the following organizations, right here in Waterloo Region:

  • April 2009 - KidsAbility
  • October 2009 - Family & Children's Services of Waterloo
  • April 2010 - KidsAbility
  • October 2010 - National Service Dogs
  • April 2011 - KidsAbility
  • February 2012 - Cystinosis

DSG has contributed to many charitable events across the Kitchener-Waterloo Region, including:

  • Alzheimer Society of KW Region (2005) & (2006)
  • Alzheimer Society - Sunlife Ladies Charity Golf Tournament (2011)
  • AMES (Association for Municipal Employment Services) - (2011)
  • Anselma House - Moving Beyond Violence Dinner (2009)
  • The Alzheimer Society c/o Westmount Ladies Blazer (2009)
  • Arthritis Society (2007)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters (2007) & (2010)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters - Gourmet Dinner & Auction (2011) & (2013)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region (2011)
  • Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada (2010)
  • Breast Friends Zumbathon for Cancer (2011)
  • Building Futures for Ecuador (2007)
  • Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation (2007)
  • Camp Ganadaoweh (2006)
  • Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation & Hopespring Cancer Support Centre - Power of Pink (2012)
  • Canadian Cancer Society - Pamper me Senseless (2007) & (2008) & (2009) & (2010) & (2011)
  • Canadian Cancer Society - Cancer Research Golf Tournament (2010)
  • Canadian Cancer Society - Fashion for Life (2010) & (2013)
  • Canadian Cancer Society - Breast Cancer Research (2010)
  • Canadian Cancer Society - Golf Tournament (2011)
  • Canadian Cancer Society - Chef's Gala for the Cure (2012)
  • Canadian Testicular Cancer Society - Dinner for Adam (2011)
  • Canadian Chiropractors Association (2005)
  • Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery - Here Comes the Wine (2005)
  • Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery - Galleries are Forever (2008)
  • Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery - The Love Boat Gala (2009)
  • Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery - Earth Fire Light Gala (2011) & (2013)
  • Canadian Diabetes Association - Carey Classic (2007)
  • Canadian Diabetes Association - Central West Ontario's Volunteer Recognition Awards (2012)
  • Caring Partners Global (2007)
  • Chamber of Commerce - Auction & Comedy Night (2007)
  • Children's Miracle Network - Remax Silent Auction (2011)
  • Children's Wish Foundation - Hitting the Links for Hope (2008)
  • Children's Wish Foundation - (2009)
  • Children's Wish Foundation - City of Kitchener Public Works Week Golf Classic (2011) & 2012)
  • Church of the Holy Trinity - Fish Fry & Silent Auction (2008)
  • Community Living Cambridge - Fabulous Fashions, Beauty Redesigned (2011)
  • Community Support Connections (Meals on Wheels & More) (2010)
  • Community Support Connections (Meals on Wheels & More) - Symphony of Love Gala (2011)
  • Colour Paradise Greenhouse Breast Cancer Fundraiser (2010)
  • DeafBlind Ontario Services - Indulge Your Senses (2008)
  • DeafBlind Ontario Services - Dining in the Dark (2013)
  • Doon Presbyterian Church - Ladies Aid - Fascination Tea Doon/Pioneer Park Area Homework Club (April 2012)
  • Drayton & District Figure Skating Club - Skating the Red Carpet (2012)
  • Drayton & District Figure Skating Club - Skating Carnival (2013)
  • Eastbridge Neighbourhood Association (2011)
  • Eating Disorders Awareness Coalition (2005) & (2010)
  • Eating Disorders Awareness Coalition - Tribute to Karen Carpenter (2011)
  • Empire Public School (2008)
  • Executive Womens Golf Association (2006)
  • Family & Children's Services Foundation - Hot Shots Street Hockey Tournament (2008)
  • Family & Children's Services Foundation - Chip in Fore Kids Golf Tournament (2008)
  • Family & Children's Services Foundation - Tree of Hope (2011)
  • Family Violence Prevention Program (2007)
  • FoodLink Waterloo Region - Taste Local, Taste Fresh (2006) & (2007) & (2009) & (2010) & (2012)
  • Grand Philharmonic - Scotch Tasting Fundraiser (2013)
  • Grand River Hospital Foundation - Ride for Dad (2007)
  • Grand River Hospital Foundation - Swing 2 Cure Golf Tournament (2009)
  • Grand River Hospital - Motorcycle Ride for Dad (2008)
  • Grand River Hospital - Paediatric Anaesthiesia/Critical Care Services (2008)
  • Grand River Regional Cancer Centre - OH Dental Charity BBQ (2008) & (2009)
  • Grand River Sports Medicine Centre - Believe.Hope.Eat campaign (2010)
  • Grand River Skating Council Skate Canada - Western Ontario Special Olympic Regional & Invitational Competition (2012)
  • Grand River Synchronized Skating (2011)
  • Grand River Synchronized Skating - Skating, Ribs... And all that Jazz" (2012)
  • Greek Food Festival (2006)
  • Guelph Vineyard - Baja Mexico School House Building Silent Auction Fundraiser (2013)
  • Habitat for Humanity - Valentine's Day Fundraiser and Bake Sale (2011)
  • Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region - Annual Golf Tournament (2011)
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation - Row for Heart Regatta Day (2011) & (2012)
  • Holy Rosary Catholic School (2011)
  • Hopespring Cancer Support Centre (2004)
  • Hopespring Cancer Support Centre (Doon Curves for Women) - Girls Night In (2008) & (2009)
  • Hopespring Cancer Support Centre - Power of Pink (2011)
  • Hopespring Cancer Support Centre - Dancing with the Stars (2011)
  • Hopespring Cancer Support Centre - Yoga for Hope (2012)
  • Hospice of Waterloo Region - Spring Promenade Fashion Show (2004) & (2005) & (2007) & (2010) & (2011) & (2012) & (2013)
  • House of Friendship (2007)
  • Jackson and Carter Stoneman Fundraiser for Autism (2011)
  • John Spoltore "Team 23" Memorial Golf Tournament (2010) & (2012)
  • Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region (2006) & (2007) & (2008) & (2009) & (2010) & (2011)
  • J.W. Gerth Public School (2010)
  • KidsAbility - Dream Home Donation (2006)
  • KidsAbility - KW Octoberfest - A Blooming Affair (2006) & (2007)
  • KidsAbility - Rotary Club's - Golf Fore Kids (2007) & (2008)
  • KidsAbility - Bake Sale - to support annual Radiothon (2009)
  • Kidslink - Gourmet Trail (2004) & (2005) & (2006) & (2007) & (2008) & (2009)
  • Kidslink - Women in Leadership (2006)
  • Kitchener Junior Rangers AAA Midget Hockey Team (2010)
  • KW Arts Awards (2008)
  • KW Art Gallery - Black & Gold Gala (2008) & (2009) & (2010) & (2011) & (2012)
  • KW Chamber Orchestra (2008)
  • Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Orchestra - Funding KWCO Concerts (2011)
  • KW Granite Club (2006)
  • KW Little Theatre (2007) & (2008)
  • KW Out of the Cold Program (2008)
  • KW Pregnancy Resource Support Centre (2008)
  • KW Pregnancy Resource Centre - Trivia for Life (2010)
  • KW Pregnancy Resource Centre - Fall Fund Raiser (2012)
  • KW Sexual Assault Support Centre (2008)
  • KW Symphony Volunteer Committee (2008)
  • L'Aquila Earthquake Relief Fund c/o The Italian Cortina Club (2009)
  • Leadership Waterloo Region, Fire and Ice Gala (2011)
  • LeeJay Levine Art Fund (2008)
  • Lester B. Pearson Public School (2005)
  • Lutherwood Child & Family Foundation - Boardwalk (2008)
  • Lutherwood Child & Family Foundation (2009)
  • Lutherwood Child and Family Foundation - Steps for Kids (2010) & (2013)
  • Mama Kubwas for AIDS Relief (2009)
  • Marillac Place for Young Mothers (2007)
  • Minds in Motion - KW Walking Classic (2008) & (2010)
  • Mosiac Counseling & Family Services - Mosaic Golf Classic (2011)
  • Mosiac Counseling & Family Services - Father Daughter Ball (2013)
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society Waterloo District (2006)
  • Multiple Sclerosis - MS Fashion Show (2007)
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society Waterloo District - Fall Fantasy at the Inn (2008) & (2009) & (2010) & (2011)
  • Princess Margaret Hospital - The Weekend to End Breast Cancer (2008)
  • RAISE - Sympony of Love (2007)
  • Real Men Can Cook for Cysinosis (2011)
  • Rotary Club of Kitchener - In Vito Caritas (2008)
  • Rotary Club Kitchener-Conestoga - Dream Home Lottery (2008)
  • Rotary Club of Waterloo - KidsAbility (2008)
  • Rotary Club of Kitchener Grand River - Club President's Changeover Dinner (2011)
  • ROW - Region of Waterloo Swim Club (2009)
  • Samantha Flannigan Fund for Sarcoma Research - Annual Memorial Golf Tournament (2010) & (2011) & (2012)
  • Saint Monica House (2008)
  • Scramble for the Cure (2005)
  • Sexual Assault Centre of Waterloo Region - Femfest (2009)
  • SNAP - 1st Birthday Appreciation Party (2008)
  • St. Agnes Catholic Elementary Catholic School "Fitness Frenzy" (2011)
  • St. George's Anglican Church - Guatemala Mission Trip 2011 (2011)
  • St. John’s Christian Nursery School - Playground Rebuild (2012)
  • St. John’s Kilmarnock School (2005) & (2008) & (2009)
  • St. John's Kilmarnock School - Spring Fling (2010)
  • St. John's Kilmarnock School - 40th Gala Anniversary (2012)
  • St. Mary's High School - Multicultural Night (2008)
  • St. Mary's Hospital Foundation - Digital Mammography Machine (March 2006, April 2006, June 2006, Oct 2006)
  • St. Mary's Hospital Foundation - Festival of Trees (2006)
  • St. Mary's Hospital Foundation - MANEX (2011)
  • Silver Lake Mennonite Camp (2010)
  • Splash for Free in Waterloo - Splash for Free in 2013 in Waterloo Park (2012)
  • Starlight Uptown Fire Fund Raiser - for the fire victims of August 23rd, 2012 (2012)
  • Sun Life Ladies Charity Golf Tournament - Survivors of Acquired Brain Injury (2012)
  • Sunnyside Home - Phil Johnston Golf Tournament (2007)
  • Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre (2011)
  • Taste Local, Taste Fresh (2009) & (2010) & (2011)
  • Tri-Pride Community Association (2010)
  • Ubuntu Edmonton (aid for victims of the Rwandan genocide) (2008)
  • UDM Titans (2007)
  • United Way (2005)
  • United Way (2006)
  • United Way - Gourmet Gala - Canaccord Capital (2006) & (2007) & (2008) & (2009)
  • United Way of KW - Miller Thomson LLP Campaign (2008) & (2010) & (2011) & (2012)
  • United Way - Jazz it Up - Canaccord Capital (2010)
  • United Way - Gowlings Fundraiser (2010)
  • United Way - Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP - United Way Silent Auction (2012)
  • University Downs Neighbourhood Association (2010)
  • University of Waterloo - Accounting Conference (2011)
  • University of Waterloo - Athletics Excellence and Awards Program (2011)
  • University of Waterloo - Employee Wellness Fair (2005) & (2006)
  • University of Waterloo - Research & Technology Park Charity Golf Tournament (2011) & (2012)
  • Venu Venugopal Memorial Golf Tournament (U of W) (2008) & (2009) & (2010)
  • Volunteer Action Centre - Volunteer Impact Awards Gala (2013)
  • Waterloo U12 B Girls Soccer Team (2010)
  • Waterloo Regional Down Syndrome Society - Oktoberfest (2008)
  • Waterloo Regional Down Syndrome Society - WRDSS Dinner & Dance (2011)
  • Waterloo Swim Club (2007)
  • Waterloo Co-Op Preschool (2008)
  • Waterloo Collegiate Institute - Human Rights Club (2010)
  • Waterloo Collegiate Institute - Free the Children's Adopt a Village Program (2012)
  • Wellness Centre of Waterloo - Sunnyside Home Foundation (2008)
  • Westmount Ladies Blazer (2007) & (2008) & (2009) & (2010) & (2012)
  • Wilfrid Laurier Charity Ball (2011) & (2013)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University Managerial Group - Student Bursary (2011)
  • Women In Action - Cycle for Sustainability in the Park (2012)
  • Women's Artistic Gymastics Invitational, Revolution Rewind (2011)
  • Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region - 12th Annual Family Fun Weekend (2012)
  • Woolwich Community Services - 16th Annual Jeanne Renault Golf Classic (2010)
  • Woolwich Kin Club - Family Fun Weekend (2011)
  • The Working Centre & St. John's Kitchen (2009) & (2010)
  • The Working Centre - Mayors Dinner (2011) & (2013)
  • Women in Leadership (2006)
  • Zonta Club - Betty Thompson Golf Classic (2006) & (2007) & (2008)
  • Zonta Club of KW - Recipe for Health (2008)
  • Zonta Club of KW - Recipe for Entertaining (2010) & (2011)
  • Zonta Club of KW - 10th Annual International Women's Day Event (2013)

 


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