THUNDER BAY – The 8th annual Ischkinakker Shaker raised $18,500. “Everyone had a lot of fun,” shared co-organizer Johnny De Bakker. The event, hosted at the CLE attracted a large gathering who came out to support the Justice Ronald B. Lester Memorial Foundation.
Each year the Ischkinakker Shaker selects a local Thunder Bay charity and raises money to help it make a difference in our community.
This year, special help from Northwest Fencing allowed party attendees to get inside quicker. “It was a little like the G-20 Fencing,” commented De Bakker. “It helped get people in safely, and kept the lines moving”.
Shooter’s Tavern supplied the bar staff to make sure everyone had a good time. Music was supplied by Two Tone Music.
The event was also supported by TBaytel who helped make for the success of the night.
The Ischkinakker Shaker is a fundraising event that was started in 2003 by Katie Ischkin and Johnny DeBakker, two local University students who were looking for a way to bring all of their friends together over the holiday season. Katie andJohnny have always been actively involved in the community dedicating their time to promoting great opportunities for young people in Thunder Bay and showing that everyone can give back and help others.
The Ischkinakker Shaker has raised funds for organizations such as Camp Quality, The Canadian Red Cross (Tsunami Relief), The Shelter House, Save a Heart Campaign (TBRHSC Foundation), the George Jeffrey Children’s Centre, and the Thunder Bay chapter of the Canadian Kidney Foundation and the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Society. In total, the Ischkinakker Shaker has raised more than $50,000.