Some 150 people joined the Rotary Club of Hamilton AM and Artist Jeremy Bortz at the Hamilton Club, on November 13, at the first annual fundraiser “An Evening with Jeremy Bortz and Friends,” to benefit local charities.

One month later, The Rotary Club of Hamilton A.M. held a reception on Thursday December the 13, at the Hamilton Club to distribute the proceeds from the event. Members of the Rotary Club, event sponsors, (Rogers Business Solutions, Old Republic Insurance Group, G4S Security Solutions) and the charities took part.  The event raised $29,000 with proceeds going to Community Child Abuse Council, Good Shepherd and the McMaster Children’s Hospital. 

Evening with Jeremy Bortz

Pictured, from left to right: Jennifer Laughton – Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, Karen Smith – Community Child Abuse Council, Wendy Kennelly – Good Shepherd, Martin Veenstra – G4S  Security Services, Karen Franklin – Rogers Business Solutions, Tim Dickins – Rotarian, Jason Smith – Old Republic Insurance Group, Shikha Sareen – Rotary President.

At the november event, participants were treated to beautiful wine, tasty hors d’oeuvres and Mr. Bortz’s Tile Gardens and artwork and a Live Auction. In addition, attendees listened to the sultry sounds of the Joe Amato Trio, featuring Diane Clemons (wife of Pinball Clemons) and the sublime talents of Opera singers Sarah Hicks and Clodagh Earls.

The event was an amazing success, exceeding fundraising goals, thanks to the generosity of the event sponsors. Many thanks to Title Sponsor Rogers Business Solutions and also Secondary Sponsors The Old Republic Insurance Group and G4S and all other sponsors for their support.