Organizers and members of the Belleville police force are gearing up for a fundraising event that features sounds and tastes of the islands as part of Caribbean Night for the Children’s Safety Village.
On Friday, the Beaufort Pub will be transformed into a palm tree-lined paradise and ready to set patrons’ tastebuds ablaze with the vibrant cuisine of the Caribbean islands including jerk chicken and island themed beverages. Belleville Deputy Police Chief Mike Callahan will be hosting the night and Constable Todd Bennett will be showcasing his serving skills as bartender. Julie Bennett, executive director at Children’s Safety Village will also be in attendance accepting donations for the program that teaches road and personal safety to children in Grades 2, 3 and 4.
Pub General Manager Kathy Primeau said she feels it’s important to give back to the community adding the idea spurred from the pub’s popular 911 Thursday event that offers 50% off to emergency service members.
“We have a lot of police officers that come into the pub and the Children’s Safety Village doesn’t get much funding so we wanted to get involved,” Primeau explained. “Five percent of food and drink sales will go directly to the safety village. We encourage everyone to come dressed in Caribbean theme. It will be a fun night.”
She said there will also be two tickets to the July 9th Toronto Blue Jays vs Houston Astros game up for grabs.
Next month the pub is considering throwing a western themed party for a men’s shelter and in August there is one slated for the Humane Society.
The Friday night event gets underway at 5 p.m. and runs until close.