Every year, the Slaughter Family sponsors the Columbus House’s annual Wine, Beer and Food Gala. This year the event was held on Nov. 10 and their $2,500 sponsorship helped raise about $45,000 for the youth-focused not-for-profit organization. From back left are Columbus House Executive Director Tina Belanger, Ryan Slaughter, Griff Slaughter, Roger Slaughter, Jena Slaughter, Becca Turcotte, Janet and John Slaughter, Mark MacKinnon and Shannon Slaughter. The Slaughter family’s children Aidan, Bryn, Charlie, Jonah, John and Leo stand in the front. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Slaughter family strong supporters of Columbus House, once again sponsor Gala

By Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post

Posted on Thursday December 6, 2018

The Slaughter family has strong ties to the Columbus House for youth in Pembroke.

Janet Slaughter served as Executive Director from its inception in 1989 until 1994, and continued to serve as a volunteer director and committee member on the fundraising team. Following in her footsteps, the entire family continues to be a staunch supporter of this “made in Renfrew County solution to the problem of at-risk youth who are in need of a ‘hand up’ as they complete their high school and transition to life as responsible young adults.”

With the establishment of their Hyundai Pembroke and Pembroke Mitsubishi dealerships, they’ve been able to continuously sponsor the Columbus House Gala every year.

“We are all local, born and raised in the Ottawa Valley,” said Shannon Slaughter, “so our roots run deep and we feel that it is really important to support local.”

The family tries to back as many fundraising initiatives as possible, whether through a financial contribution or their presence. Their focus, however, is on children- and youth- based charities.

“Kids are our future and the Columbus House is supporting the youth who are also our future,” Slaughter added. “If we invest in our youth, we are also investing in the future of our community and making sure that everybody has the same opportunities and can grow.”

The annual fundraising Wine, Beer, and Food Tasting Gala was held on Nov. 10 and raised about $45,000. The Slaughter Family donated $2,500 and was the title sponsor for the event.

“This is imperative for our programs to run smoothly,” said Columbus House Executive Director Tina Belanger.

One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event support young people in Renfrew County. The funds will help Columbus House’s core programs as well as some of its new programs like the Emergency Housing for Youth and Teen Compass, which assists youth who are having difficulty in school.