Its one thing, in the teeth of organizing a fabulously family friendly event like the Festival of Lights to have a sense that, in addition to having a ton of fun there's an important point to all of this. Then you sit down for a chat with the North Shore Shelter's radiant Louise Warner, and all of the pieces come together. Yesterday we met with Louise to get a complete breakdown of how the Shelter put to work the $25,000 the Festival raised last year. We thought she might tell us about important things like new clothes, bedding or beds for their residents. Instead, Louise told us the Shelter used the Festival money to start up a state of the art kitchen training program. With Chef Don Guthro at the helm, the Shelter's North Shore Culinary Training Program gives its current and former residents in-depth training in how to cook beautifully. The program gives its participants an essential life skill -- everyone should be able to enjoy a good meal -- while at the same time giving them the ability to find work. Leave it to the North Shore to create an innovative and life changing answer to Gordon Ramsey's Hell's Kitchen. Chef Guthro, Louise Warner and the program's participants definitely have the good angels on their side. The money we raise in this year's Dundarave Festival of Lights will be used to keep the North Shore Culinary Training Program a taste of Heaven's Kitchen.
The Dundarave Festival Society
We are a circle of friends working in the Dundarave Festival of Lights Society to bring to life the promise of Christmas in our community, a season of life, passion and purpose that leaves no one in the cold. This is community-driven social change, in the true spirit of Christmas and the best spirit of our community.