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Leaside Corn Roast raises money for new hospice

The 25th annual Rotary Club event featured food, family activities, and a dog show

People of all ages came to Trace Manes Park on Sunday to enjoy food and family activities and to help raise money for a new hospice.

The highlight of the Rotary Club of Toronto-Leaside’s 25th annual Corn Roast was Monique’s Dog Show. Hosted by Monique Savin, its goals were to showcase the diversity of dogs in Leaside and to “[instill] in kids a sense of wonder about animals.” Leasiders showed off their canine companions to the crowd, as owners led their pets into and around the ring.

“[The event] sees a lot of new faces every year,” said Philip Russel, a longtime member of the Rotary Club. While the Corn Roast was a fun day for the community, he added, “the event aims at raising money towards building a new hospice in Toronto.”

Proceeds go to the Toronto Commandery Hospice. The ultimate goal is to raise $10 million to build a state-of-the-art residential hospice on the new West Park Healthcare Centre Campus in Toronto to bring dignity to end-of-life care in the community.

The Rotary Club received a letter of recognition from MP Robert Oliphant and greetings from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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