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March 25, 2015

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Ivanski fundraises almost $500,000

Marie-Claire Ivanski of Russell is shown here at last year’s Victorian Tea fundraiser near Morewood. Ivanski and supporters of the organization she founded, Friends for Life, have raised $450,000 in 10 years and she hopes to hit the $500,000 mark this year. Vetter photo

Candice Vetter

Villager Staff

RUSSELL — Marie-Claire Ivanski is taking a step back from her multitude of fundraising activities after 2015 and she is hoping to crack the $500,000 mark in this, her 10th year of working with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Ivanski has been nominated for the foundation’s Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award.

Her Friends for Life organization, her team, and her many supporters have raised $450,000 through various events, including the very popular Friends for Life Breakfast, for which this will be the eighth and final year. The 450 tickets for the upcoming breakfast, which features great food and a medley of activities, sold out within 10 days of the press conference announcing it.

However, there are still many ways to support Ivanski in her quest to hit half a million dollars, as Friends for Life is hosting several other events.

On March 28, there will be a Bowl-a-thon in Casselman. On June 2, there will be a Bingo in Embrun, which will include the opportunity to bid on four tickets to mega-star impersonator Veronique Dicaire’s show and meet and greet in St. Sauveur in July. Dicaire’s show was rated the number one show on the Strip in Las Vegas last year. The annual and highly popular Victorian Tea will be held June 20 near Morewood.

Ivanski plans to slow down after she reaches her milestone, but does not intend to quit completely. “I’ll still be working with the foundation,” Ivanski says. “I will never give up the fight.”