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Local Celebrities Celebrate Halloween by “Carving for the Cause”

October 25-28, 2012

Children at Risk, Ottawa presents their Seventeenth Annual Celebrity-Carved Pumpkin Contest!! This popular seasonal fundraising event is being held from Thursday, October 25 to Sunday, October 28. For over 33 years, Children at Risk (a local charity) has been providing supports to Autistic children & their families in the Ottawa Region – filling in ``the gaps`` in services available through government agencies.

2012 marks 17 years that enthusiastic and talented local Celebrities, Politicians, Media Personalities and Businesses have been helping to recognize October as Autism Awareness Month by carving orange orbs into gorgeous gourds! Veteran Carvers will be challenged by first-timers, with over 100 pumpkins being transformed in the name of charity!! Participants include City of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa’s Gay Cook, Legal Eagle Lawrence Greenspon, Ottawa Senators Foundation and Alumni Brad Marsh & Shaun Van Allen, Ottawa 67’s Owner Jeff Hunt, Brian “Killer” Kilrea & Coach Chris Byrne, MP’s Pierre Poilievre, John Baird, David McGuinty & Royal Galipeau, as well as MPP’s Bob Chiarelli, Lisa MacLeod, Phil McNeely & Yasir Naqvi to name just a few - plus many other local radio, television and newspaper personalities. Participants compete for the lucky “Top Thirteen” list of carvers for 2012!

The pumpkin creations will be on display at Merivale Mall after our Reception at 10 AM on Thursday, October 25 – then additionally at Carlingwood Shopping Centre, Place d’Orléans and Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre from Friday, October 26 to Sunday, October 28. Visitors to the Malls can vote for their favourite pumpkin or celebrity by donating spare change. Celebrities have also donated “Prize Packages” for silent auction bidding (on-site & on-line ) Our Auction Site this year has been donated by:

Real Decoy Logo – Providing Not-For-Profit Organizations with an Online Auction Website

With the support of the Celebrity Carvers and generous donations from our community, funds raised in the previous 16 years total over $84,572! All proceeds will help Children at Risk “fill in the gaps” in publicly-funded Autism services with their Community-Based Special Projects, which include Camp Kaleidoscope – our All-Day Summer Camp, Family Support Groups, Information Seminars and Educational Training Workshops. Children at Risk recognizes the importance of supporting the whole family as they cope with the daily challenges of raising an Autistic child. With the funds raised through events like the Celebrity-Carved Pumpkin Contest, these children can be provided with the best opportunities to achieve their maximum potential!

Other Participating Celebrities Include:
Carter & Sandra (KISS FM),  Dylan & Alyssa 101.9 DAWG FM,  West End Academy Beauty School,  Ian Black & Teri Loretto (CBC Television),  Frances & Brother Bob (98.5 The Jewel),  Kurt, Jeff & Lianne (CTV Morning Live),  Bruce Garrioch , Anthony Furey & Sue Sherring (Ottawa Sun),  Jack May Chevrolet, Buick, GMC,  Jock Climie (CFL Alumni & TSN Analyst),  Kitchissippi Times Newspaper,  Stuntman Stu, Angie & Trisha - Mornings & Katherine, Sydney & Grace Dines (Majic 100 FM),  Whitebread & Kjay (The New HOT 89.9),  Discount Car  Truck Rentals  - Bells Corners,  Cruise & Corbeil, Renee Madden, Heather Ray & Kim Sullivan-Weekends – boom 99.7 FM,  Cub & Company(93.9 BOB FM),  "" Wendy Daniels, Amy Volume  - The Bear 106.9 FM,  Capital Chordettes Ladies Barbershop Chorus,  Lesia Gilbert›s & Julie Mousseau›s AVON,  SCORES,  Jen Traplin, Andrew Elliott Chelsea Miller, John Moran & Amal Wahab (LIVE 88.5),  City of Ottawa Councillors Bob Monette, Shad Qadri, Maria McRae, Diane Deans, Steve Desroches , Keith Elgi, Mark Taylor, David Chernushenko & Doug Thompson,  EMC Newspapers/Metroland Media,  Speedy St. Laurent,  Orleans Family Dentistry,  Frames By Rockwell,  A Little Bit of Bling,  Tiny Hoppers,  The Garlic King,  Jim Durrell Capital Dodge,  Nepean Museum,  Ottawa Safety Council,  Bag To Earth,  Paul Rushforth Team,  Silpada Jewellery/ Inc. ,  Sue»s Sweets , Within The Grain,  Lisa Zanon-Speech Therapy,  Kelley Matheson»s Epicure Selections,  Greco,   Earl Bulllis Awards,  Back in Balance Chiropractic,  Autism Ontario Ottawa Chapter , Lego Club,  Instead of Flowers,  Western Union Business Solutions,  Sky High Snow Removal,  Mortgage Brokers Ottawa,  Lincoln Fields & Riocan Properties,  Wine Rack,  P.A.M.»s Coffee,  Il Paradiso Spa &   Strandz Hair Design,  Lowell Green, Steve Madely & Shelley Mclean (CFRA AM),  Steve Warne - TGOR (TEAM 1200),  Derick Fage & Lois Lee – "Daytime",  Kim Sullivan – "Before I Kick The…" & Mr. Hollywood (Rogers TV),  Kelly Egan, Vito Pilieci, Wayne Scanlan, Joanne Laucius, Gary Dimmock, Lynn Saxberg & Caroline Phillips (Citizen),  Doc  Woody and Eric the Intern (CHEZ 106.1 FM),  Nancy Stapleton & (Y101 FM & 1310 News AM),  Carol Anne Meehan, Vanessa Lee & J.J. Clarke (CTV Television),  Ottawa 67"s Co–Captains Cody Ceci & Sean Monahan,  Jake Cardwell & Tyler Graovac  Cyril Leader, Bryan Murray, Paul MacLean & “Spartacat” (Ottawa Senators Hockey Club)

Photo Opportunity

Celebrities have been invited, to deliver their pumpkin creations to Merivale Mall (Centre Court) at 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 25th. Pumpkins will then be divided and transferred to Carlingwood Shopping Centre, Place d’Orléans and Lincoln Fields for Friday, October 26th with voting continuing until 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 28th. Background -Autism is a lifelong neurological, developmental disorder that now affects 1 in every 100 North American children, with 1 in 94 boys (boys more than 4 times more likely than girls to have Autism). With a new case every 20 minutes, these numbers reflect more children being diagnosed with Autism than with AIDS, Diabetes and Cancer combined! Autism impacts the typical development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Children diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum Disorders are often, without help, unable to speak, relate to others, be aware of dangerous situations and even play appropriately with toys. Children at Risk continues to help Autistic children and their families in the Ottawa area - solely supported on fundraising and donations. Children at Risk strives to address the gaps in government services for Autism, providing representation and community supports. Responding to the need, we piloted our 1st All-Day Summer Camp in 2011 and increased our spots by 64% in 2012! Our Friendship Social Skill Therapy Support Groups help to provide the children with the tools to function in this complex world of communication and social interaction. Parents indicate that often this is the child’s first positive social experience! Our Sibling Support Workshops allow brothers and sisters the opportunity to understand their disabled sibling. Our Seminars explore existing and new interventions to provide information for parents, caregivers and professionals. Information and Knowledge can lead to understanding and Support, assisting children with Autism so as to improve the quality of life for both the child and their family!

Kids – Autism….Let’s Help!



Computer Media Group Flyer

Laser Toner Cartridge Recycle

Children at Risk has been chosen by The Computer Media Group Computer Media Group to receive funds raised by a collection of LASER toner cartridges - Friday November 2nd from 1-5 PM at 3 locations in the City! Trucks will be on site at the following locations to accept your cartridges OR let us know at Children at Risk if you need a pick-up and we will make arrangements!

South End
Computer Media Group, 1000 Thomas Spratt Place

Ottawa City Hall, South entrance at Lisgar & Cartier streets

West End
Goodlife Fitness, 555 March Road

Please - save all cartridges between now and then - help a child and family living with the challenges of Autism!

Entertainment Book 2013

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Entertainment Coupon Books

Looking for Fall savings to start off the School Year? Then do we have the deals for you!!

Entertainment Coupon Books

Hot off the Presses - Children at Risk now has for sale the 2013 Entertainment Coupon Book at only $35 each!


They can be obtained through our offices or at 15 Quickie Convenience stores throughout the city.

We also can get books for Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver for those "out of town" relatives! Centrepoint parents can also get them from Merle Hagerman at (613) 226-4982. East end or Tunny's Pasture buyers can call Brenda Desjardins at (613) 867-5150.

Key To The City


Key to the City!

It's a Coupon Book on a card! Unlock your City with the "key? to great savings! Save $ at hundreds of participating merchants with one little card! Many merchants offer 10% (some up to 20%) discounts - THAT CAN BE USED OVER AND OVER AGAIN (card expires March 31, 2013).

2012-2013 Key is only $20 - AVAILABLE NOW! With a card and 2 keychain fobs, one purchase can be used by 3 persons!! Children at Risk is currently has keys for sale - with a 50% return to the charity! The Key is so compact, we can even mail it out to you!

For sample Merchants Check Out "Key" Merchants at

Call our Offices at 613-741-8255 or email us at if you would like to purchase this item



A unique way to support Children at Risk

WE have a great opportunity for you to support us….made available by Shoppers Drug Mart through the Shoppers Optimum Program™.

BY donating some (or all) of your Shoppers Optimum Points™ to our organization, you are enabling us to use your points at Shoppers Drug Mart® toward the purchase of products and supplies we need for our ongoing fundraising activities.

To donate your Shoppers Optimum Points™, please go online to:

YOU will log in, Select Children at Risk and donate!  If you are not presently a Shoppers Optimum Member™, you can register right away or next time you are in a Shoppers Drug Mart ask for a card, which will be issued to you right on the spot at no cost.

AS an added incentive – Children at Risk will issue an income tax receipt for any donation over 11,111 points (at the highest redemption, this will bring a credit worth $20 to Children at Risk)

NOTE: You must inform CAR of your donation and how many points –we get an email notice of a donation, but not who has done it!

With your support, this initiative has the potential for Children at Risk to “optimize” our fundraising dollars through this unique program!

Previous Events...

Fall Raffle 2012


  • 1st Prize - Ticket # 0919 - Eleanor Saunders
  • 2nd Prize - Ticket # 1038 - Lisa Meagher
  • 3rd Prize - Ticket # 3427 - Aline Durocher
  • 4th Prize - Ticket # 2178 - Liz Schissler
  • 5th Prize - Ticket # 2915 - Shelley Schachnow
  • 6th Prize - Ticket # 0458 - Charlotte Jacobs
  • 7th Prize - Ticket # 0799 - Gary Welch
  • 8th Prize - Ticket # 1162 - Angele Jodouin
  • 9th Prize - Ticket # 3454 - Chris Hill
Fall Raffle 2012 Ticket

Ticket-Ticket Details


This Exciting Trip Prize includes:

  • Return Trip for Two People to Any Scheduled WestJet Airlines Destination! (Value $4,400)
  • 1 Night's Stay at the Radisson Hotel Saskatoon - (Value $235)
  • Gift Card for The Keg Steakhouse & Bar (Value $100)
  • 2 Tickets for University of Saskatchewan Amati Quartet (Value $60)
  • Puppet from Wide Open Theatrical Escapades (Value $25)
  • Family Pass for Saskatoon Western Development Museum ($Value 20)
  • 4 Passes for the Saskatoon Children's Discovery Museum (Value $14)

TOTAL 1st PRIZE VALUE: $4,834!

2nd Prize-2 CTV Television/Sundance Champagne Flight Hot Air Balloon Rides & Weekend Accommodation for Two at Best Western Macies Hotel (Value $1,087)

3rd Prize- Jill Alexander Original Painting "Golden Pear", Frames By Rockwell Certificate & Hickory & Tweed Gift Card (Value $390)

4th & 5th Prizes- 1-Night Stay Hotel Le Chantecler -Sainte-Adele, QC (taxes extra), Tranquil Acres "Equine Assisted Therapy Session" & Molly Maid Gift Certificate (Value $380 ea.)

6th Prize- 2 Ottawa Senators Club Seat Tickets (with parking), Memorabilia, Patty Boland's Gift Certificate & 1 Night's Stay at Travelodge Ottawa Hotel (Value $377)

7th Prize- Health Dynamics & Hummingbird MediSPA Certificates (Value $300)

8th Prize- "Just Kidding" - 2012 Ottawa Ent. Coupon Book, Key to the City Discount Card, PlaSmart Plasma Car, Children's Wooden Puzzles/Toys & Schleich Elfin Toys (Value $216)

9th Prize- Mary K Gift Bag & AIM Health Group Massage (Value $168)

Fall Raffle 2012

Children at Risk is excited to offer for sale our Fall Raffle Tickets! This will be our 4th year of this popular Raffle Ticket that features 1st Prize of 2 WestJet Tickets!

Tickets are $2 each, 3 for $5 or only $20 for a book of 12 tickets!!

Tickets are NOW available! After many weeks of gathering quality prizes, we can proudly offer them for sale. Funds raised will support our summer day camp, Camp Kaleidoscope, for 2013. This valuable support receives no government funding and is financed solely through Fundraising efforts and Donations.

*Note: Tickets can only be sold to persons 18 years and older!

To kick off October as Autism Awareness Month, the Raffle will be drawn on Monday, October 1, 2012.

We recognize that many of you supported Children at Risk through the purchase of our Spring Raffle Tickets - we are hoping to sell the Fall Raffle tickets at various venues so we do not rely only on our Members and Supporters. However, we wanted to let everyone know of the tickets and the fabulous prizes! If you would like to purchase tickets, we will cheerfully fill them in and send you the ticket portion (send us your mailing address). Only $20 for a book of 12 tickets!! If you think you can sell some tickets for Children at Risk, let us know and we can send some books for selling! Or use the attached files to promote it at work or with your friends and family!!

We can be reached at the office, 613-741-8255, or by email,

Yours truly, Brenda Reisch, Fundraising Chairperson

Here are more details on the First Prize:

  • Return Trip for Two People to Any Scheduled WestJet Airlines Destination! This voucher covers all air travel fees, taxes and surcharges – making this prize worth up to approximately a value of $4,400 (no cash value). The prize is valid until October 1, 2013, but does have airline blackout periods on peak dates such as statutory holidays (Christmas, Easter and spring break, etc.) It can be used independent of the rest of the prize. Value $4,400
  • 1 Night’s Stay at the Radisson Hotel Saskatoon in a Corner Queen Guestroom. Offering Complimentary Wi-Fi access, Waterworks Recreation Complex with a 3-story waterslide, pool, whirlpool and Fitness Centre & More! ( Valid to Sept. 1, 2013. Value $235
  • Gift Card for The Keg Steakhouse & Bar (Value $100)
  • 2 Tickets for University of Saskatchewan Amati Quartet (Value $60)
  • Puppet from Wide Open Theatrical Escapades (Value $25)
  • Family Pass for Saskatoon Western Development Museum ($Value 20)
  • 4 Passes for the Saskatoon Children’s Discovery Museum (Value $14)

TOTAL 1st PRIZE VALUE: $4,834!

Spring Raffle

Spring Raffle Ticket

Children at Risk, Ottawa – Supporting Autistic Children & Their Families


$2 each, 3 for $5 or a book of 12 for $20

Proceeds help to support our Services and Programs!! (Like our Ticket Donation Program!)



Rockin' For Risk 2012




11th Annual“ROCKIN’ for RISK” (for Autism)

Saturday, March 31, 2012

WHAT:Ottawa’s Retro-Rock Dance Party, featuring the live classic rock sounds of local band Intersection.  Welcoming Eric the Intern from CHEZ 106.1 as MC, this entertaining evening also offers contests, prizes, as well as our Evening Sandwich Buffet, Raffle and Silent Auction, along with Free Parking.  Special Entertainment includes Shawn Barry - Ottawa’s premier Elvis Tribute Artist & Face/Body Art with Heather from “A Little Bit of Bling”.

WHEN:Saturday, March 31 - 8 PM to 1 AM (Doors Open at 7:30 PM)

WHERE:Algonquin College, Building D Cafeteria – Woodroffe & Baseline Campus

WHY:For over 33 years, Children at Risk has been helping Autistic children and their families in the Greater Ottawa area. 

HOW:Tickets - $25 advance, $30 door, $225 Table of Ten (advance sales only to Noon Friday) 
call 613-741-8255 or go to for ticket information.

 (LCBO licensed event, must be 19 years of age or older)
For More Information, call Brenda Reisch 613-261-4442


(Cash or Credit Card only)

(613) 233-7911
928 Gladstone Avenue (located west of Preston Street)
Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 6 TO 9:30 PM
Thursday 1 to 5 PM
Saturday 10:30 AM to 3 PM
Closed on Sunday

EAST – 1060 Ogilvie Rd.
(613) 741-1881
(located on the south side of Ogilvie, just east of St. Laurent intersection)

CENTRAL-SOUTH – 1940 Bank Street
(613) 260-5556
(South of Walkley Road in Pizza Hut Mall)

WEST – 473 Hazeldean Road, Kanata
(613) 592-5663
(corner of Hazeldean & Castlefrank Roads – Kentucky Fried Chicken Mall)

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday 9 AM to 8 PM,           
Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM,
Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM

LEGEND RECORDS – 2 Locations
1315 Wellington Street (basement entrance, door right next to Hillary Cleaners)
(613) 596-5766
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday 12 noon to 5 PM

2525 Carling Ave., Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre
No Telephone
(at the Moore’s end of the mall)
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday 12 noon to 5 PM

(613) 723-2766
1580 Merivale Road
(located in strip mall, close to the north-west corner of Meadowlands Dr./Merivale Rd.  intersection)
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 AM to 6 PM
Thursday 10 AM to 9 PM
Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM
Closed Sunday & Monday

(no Debit Please!)
YOU CAN CALL 613-741-8255 TO ARRANGE FOR PICK-UP OR MAIL DELIVERY (some charges may apply)
(Advance Ticket Sales ONLY until Noon on Friday, March 30th!)

Ticket Retail


Rollin' For Risk 2012

6th Annual
(for Autism)
Sunday, January 22, 2012

WHAT: Get your New Year rolling by participating in this rock & roll 5 Pin recreational bowl-a-thon. Rock and Bowl to 50’s/60’s/70’s+ classic rock sounds while raising funds to support Autistic children and their families! Prizes for Top Pledges, Top Scores & Mystery Scores!! Welcoming back Heather from A Little Bit of Bling for phenomenal face painting at the event!!

*Special Guest* – Shawn Barry, Ottawa’s premiere Elvis Tribute Artist!

WHEN: Sunday, January 22, 1 – 4 PM (bowling 1:30-3)

WHERE: Walkley Bowling Lanes, 2092 Walkley Road

WHY: For over 33 years, Children at Risk has been helping Autistic children and their families in the Greater Ottawa area.

HOW: $120 minimum of Pledges enters your team of 4-5 persons. Go to for registration info and pledge forms or call 613-741-8255.

*NOTE: PRIZES FOR TOP 3 TEAM PLEDGES INCLUDE 1 SET NHL ALL-STAR TICKETS!! For more information, call Brenda Reisch, 261-4442.

Pledge (Word)Pledge (PDF)
Registration (Word) Registration (PDF)
PSA (Word) PSA (PDF)