Hometown Hearts hosts first fundraising and awareness event

A magician balances a machete on his chin during a magic show at the Hometown Hearts Night on the Town Retro Rewind event in Carleton Place on May 11, 2017.
Posted on: May 12, 2017

Jane Hobson

Hometown Hearts hosted their first event called Night on the Town Retro Rewind on Bridge Street in Carleton Place Thursday, May 11.

Hometown Hearts is a non-profit organization that started in Carleton Place in March. The mission of the group is to provide support and resources to members of the community when they are in need of instant relief due to unforeseen circumstances, such as fires, fluke accidents or medical issues. The Retro Rewind was the first event to raise funds that can be used for relief in those types of situations.

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“At this one we really just wanted to bring some fun, life and community spirit to the town,”  said Lisa Occomore, the founder of Hometown Hearts.

To match the classic cars on display at the event, Retro Rewind invited people to dress in their favourite 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s attire.

The outdoor event that attracted approximately 100 residents, kicking off at 5 p.m. and going until 11 p.m.

Despite an auditorium of residents chanting “resign” at him earlier in the week; Mayor Louis Antonakos was at the event around sunset, mingling with Carleton Place residents.

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