Heather Lemieux, Sales Representative with Royal LePage Connect Realty in Scarborough, ON, recently raised $6,000 for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation at her ‘Virtual Uplifting Party.’
In 2019, Lemieux hosted her first ‘Uplifting Party’ where friends and clients gathered together, collecting 330 bras for local women’s shelter, Julliette’s Place. Due to social distancing measures during COVID-19, an in-person gathering wasn’t prudent, but Lemieux knew the shelter needed support more than ever and wanted to find a way to lift the spirits of those spending a great deal of time at home.
The ‘Virtual Uplifting Party’ quickly took shape and instead of donating bras, supporters gave monetary donations during a fun-filled day of interactive online programming. Presenters included make-up artist Dino Dilio, designer Jennifer Beckford, crafter Jennifer Tryon, physiotherapist Penny Lee, mixologist Liz Furlong, chef Kathryn McLean, and staff from Julliette’s Place who spoke about how the pandemic has affected both the shelter and women and children experiencing violence. Lemieux personally matched the first $1,000 in donations.
“I am beyond grateful to everyone who made the ‘Virtual Uplifting Party’ so successful,” said Lemieux. “Together, we were able to take a challenging situation and turn it into something positive for Julliette’s Place.”