“Porgy and Bess” My First Opera Experience

Article by Lady Endigee of  www.ladyendigee.com

Salutations Everyone!

This week my daughter and I were invited by the Montreal Community Cares Foundation (MCCF) to go take in the opera “Porgy and Bess,” the George Gershwin production. Before I could reply yes or no, the individual from MCCF who invited me said to me “It would be a very good experience for your daughter…” Once he said this, I couldn’t refuse the invitation.

I had never been to the opera before, so I didn’t know what to expect. I went online to look up the production, I found the following intriguing information on Opera de Montreal‘s website:

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Youths patiently waiting for the show to resume. #Intermission


Montreal Community Cares Foundation’s Holiday Toy Drive and Talent Show-A Huge Success!

Article by  Lady Endigee of - www.ladyendigee.com

Salutations Everyone!

It has been a while since I have connected with you buys, but the holidays were super hectic for me!

So for a while, I was not really feeling the Christmas spirit, but that all changed when I attended the Montreal Community Cares Foundation holiday toy drive and talent show on December 14th, 2013. The atmosphere was one filled with love, encouragement and togetherness. Despite the outside weather being frigid (around -30 degrees Celsius), many people came out to support, and the atmosphere at this event was warm and delightful.

The purpose of this event was to collect new toys, and distribute them to underprivileged kids in about 4 different school within the Montreal area in order to make their holiday season an extremely special one this year. Moreover, it was not only a toy drive, but it was also a talent show!  This talent show showcased many talented young people from around the Montreal community; I was totally floored by the performances of these youths! The host of the talent show portion, Mr. Todd Smith, was amazing! He seemed to be so proud of each and every youth that performed, and continuously encouraged them along throughout their performances.

So the “entry fee” of this event was a brand new toy, and then as soon as you walked into the event,  there were many volunteers wrapping the gifts and putting them into the appropriate boxes which were separated by age and gender. Among these volunteers was Montreal Alouettes very own Kyries Hebert, who was very enjoyable to be around because he always had a beautiful smile on his face.

At the end of the day, all the children who attended the event received a gift, that was enclosed in a Telus bag; this surely put a huge smile on my youngest daughter’s face! It was amazing to see so many different people come together, and operate like a unit to make this event a successful one. Before leaving the event, I saw numerous bags of toys sealed up and ready to be distributed! This sight warmed my heart…

Montreal Community Cares Toy Drive-Dec 14th 2013


Red Rush Basketball Leadership Program

A spring and summer basketball team and leadership program delivered for youth from ages 12 to 19. This program enables team members to stay on track, athletically and academically, throughout the summer as well as develop new leadership skills.


The 2013 Montreal Community Cares Awards Gala highlights

The Montreal Community Cares Awards promote active involvement in our city by honouring the achievements of a broad cross-section of worthy recipients. Our goal is to bring together the many linguistic, ethnic and cultural groups that make up the Greater Montreal Area to celebrate their unsung community champions at a formal gala. Categories include youth leader, community leader, student-athlete, community or charitable organization, and small/medium enterprise. The recipients of the student-athlete award also receive scholarships.


2012 Montreal Community Cares Awards Gala highlights

The Montreal Community Cares Awards promote active involvement in our city by honouring the achievements of a broad cross-section of worthy recipients. Our goal is to bring together the many linguistic, ethnic and cultural groups that make up the Greater Montreal Area to celebrate their unsung community champions at a formal gala. Categories include youth leader, community leader, student-athlete, community or charitable organization, and small/medium enterprise. The recipients of the student-athlete award also receive scholarships.