2nd Annual Child Find Fundraising Breakfast 2016
Never in her worst nightmare did Melissa Engdahl think that she would one day board a plane and fly to war-torn Lebanon to rescue her daughters who had been kidnapped by their father. His intent was to never return them to their home in Calgary where the girls lived with their mother.
This harrowing story of strength, determination and love of family was recounted by Melissa and her father Jim to a mesmerized crowd of over 300 people at the 2nd Annual Child Find Fundraising Breakfast.
This fundraising event was held on May 25th to recognize International Missing Children’s Day and proved to be a tremendous success, doubling the number of guests from last year.
“Melissa and her father’s incredible story of how they located and recovered Melissa’s 2 daughters contributed greatly to the success of our Fundraising Breakfast. We exceeded our expectations and are happy to report that we raised over $50,000 for Child Find Saskatchewan. We are truly grateful for all the support from our wonderful guests, our major sponsors, Darrell Nordstrom of our Breakfast Planning Committee, our Board of Directors and the Child Find staff,” said Phyllis Hallatt, President of Child Find Saskatchewan.
General Manager, Conrad Mitzel commented on the success of the event. “We are overwhelmed with the generosity of our guests, the business and service community. We rely heavily on the funds raised at the Breakfast which go towards the delivery of our programs and services. We will also use these donations to assist law enforcement in the search for missing persons and to help support the families who are dealing with this traumatic event in their lives.”
The generous donations from our guests and the incredible support from our Breakfast sponsors, Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation and TD Canada Trust will make an immediate impact in our over-all budget and go a long way in supporting our programs and services that are offered free to all families in Saskatchewan. On behalf of the Child Find staff, our Board of Directors, our Breakfast Planning Committee and most importantly, on behalf of the 123 missing persons in Saskatchewan and their families, Child Find SK extends their heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended. We are looking forward to next year as the community continues to share in our on-going and growing success of this event.
For the true-life account of Melissa Engdahl’s journey to recover her daughters, her book,
Flight of the Dragon Fly is available at amazon.ca