Funny in a Good Way event assists local food banks, soup kitchen

Men and women stand in group
Funny in a Good Way (FIAGW) donated $4,000 and eight boxes of food to the Salvation Army, the Petawawa Pantry, the St. Joseph’s Food Bank and the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen. The cheques were distributed on Feb. 21 to the food bank representatives at the St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Pembroke. In the back, from left, are Petawawa Pantry Vice-president Kandace Crosby, FIAGW Committee Director Rob McKenzie, Frank Schilling from the St. Joseph’s Food Bank and Committee President Michael Gulliver. From left in the front row are Committee Directors Kevin Rabisha and Jamie-Lynne Hunt, Emma St. Pierre from the Salvation Army, Muggsie Boland from the soup kitchen, Committee Secretary Janet Gulliver and Secretary James Woito. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Funny in a Good Way managed to raise $4,000 as well as eight large boxes of food which will be donated to local food banks and a soup kitchen.

The original fundraising event was held on Jan. 19 and included worship music, a skit by local pastors and a comedy show by Leland Klassen, who is one of the premier clean, family-friendly comedians in Canada.

Though it was a fundraiser for the Salvation Army, the Petawawa Pantry, St. Joseph’s Food Bank and the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen, it was also an opportunity for Christian unity, bringing together people in laughter and praise.

“We bring people together outside of your regular church practice,” said Managing Director Michael Gulliver, “so that they are together for some good family fun with Funny in a Good Way.”

This year, the event opened up the week of prayer for Christian Unity and it was a perfect event for those who wanted to “share in the joy of the Lord,” all while benefiting the community as a whole.

For the second year in a row, the event sold out and feedback has continued to be very positive. In 2018, the event raised $3,000 for The Grind Pembroke, a volunteer-driven, charitable organization serving marginalized, low- to no-income community members in Renfrew County through outreach activities, as well as temporary housing for emergency situations. With this growing success still in mind, organizers are planning on doing it next year as well.

Choosing local food banks as recipients came naturally for organizers as they saw the need in the community.

Having so many people donate money and food at one event warmed Gulliver’s heart.

“It is the community that allows us to make that donation, so whether that is the individuals who attended the event or the corporate sponsorship who have been amazing,” he said, “they all stepped up to the table and said that they love what we are doing and that we can count on them for next year.”