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Family Palooza Takes Tsi Snaihne Recreation Center by Storm


October 5, 2017

Event organizers posing with the Paw Patrol. From left, Marshall (Andrew Cook), Virginia Jacobs, Tracker (August Johnson), Tammy Mitchell, Chase (Tyson Thomas), Heather Jacobs, and Skye (Kaniehtowaks Benedict).

On Saturday, September 30th, the first Family Palooza took place at the Tsi Snaihne Recreation Center. Three community members who felt the need for an event like this to take place in Akwesasne organized the event.

Heather Jacobs, one of the three organizers stated, "I went to a family palooza in Ottawa and it costs so much just to go in and more to take pictures and do the meet and greet. I wanted to do something like that here in Akwesasne but to benefit an organization in our community."

All the proceeds raised during the event were given to the Snye Recreation Center. There was a $2 per child or $5 per family fee to meet and greet the Paw Patrol. There were also two raffles, both were donated by organizations who attended the event. There was a basket raffle, which was donated by Fairy Tale Faces and three gift certificates donated by Hybrid Marine. The Bona Costume Rentals who provided the Paw Patrol suits also donated a Paw Patrol Radio Control Fire Truck that was also raffled off during the event.

The Snye Homemakers meeting and greeting the Paw Patrol. (L to R) Roseanne Terrance and Diane Swamp. Middle row (L to R) Anne Wheesk, Emily Phillips, Stephanie Lazore-Cole and Tassy Rourke. Back row (L to R) Paw Patrols Marshall (Andrew Cook), Chase (Tyson Thomas), Tracker (August Johnson) and Skye (Kaniehtowaks Benedict).

There were many vendors in attendance at the event, which also paid a $25 vendor fee benefitting the Tsi Snaihne Recreation Center. Other vendors at the event included; the Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club, Akwesasne Library, Akwesasne Cultural Center & Museum, KB Entertainment (sponsored by ACFS), Akwesasne Anime Cosplay Club, ICSC Fabrics, Massena Martial Arts, Mr. Cooks Donuts, Fairy Tale Faces, Cornwall Curling Club, Lee Curleyhead- Avon, Charlie Cakes, Iris Herne's Young Living Oils and Equestrian Sports Training. The event also had food prepared and sold by the Tsi Snaihne Homemakers throughout the entire event. Whatever money was raised by food sales benefitted the Snye Homemakers. The Paw Patrol Meet and Greet took place throughout the day at starting at 10am and ending at 4pm.

The event was a huge success, with plans on a future one to take place early next year. Great job to Heather Jacobs, Virginia Jacobs and Tammy Mitchell for thinking of the community and putting together such a great event. The community looks forward to the next one.


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