thousands of charitable and not-for-profit organizations raise funds through the
sale of break open tickets to support their work in our communities.
Here are some of the great news stories about the sale of break open tickets across Ontario.
Ontario - Volunteer hospital auxiliaries in 146 communities across Ontario have raised over $30 million over the past 12 years from the sale of BOT's. The funds raised have stayed in these communities to purchase hospital equipment, support research and promote volunteer development, and ultimately supported patient care.
Kingston - Funds raised through the sale of BOT's by HIV/AIDS Regional Services have helped assist those that are living with HIV or AIDs in the Kingston and surrounding area.
- The Peterborough Regional Health Centre raised $79,881 during the last
year and the hospital was able to purchase a food belt line, a dry floatation
mattress and a fetal
Maxville - The Maxville Volunteer Fire Fighters' Association has been raising funds through BOT's to make possible the purchase of new fire fighting equipment. Money raised also helps to promote fire safety in the community by visiting area schools and teaching students how to stay safe.
Frontenac County - In order to promote safe skiing and to provide first aid to injured alpine and nordic skiers, the Canadian Ski Patrol, Frontenac Zone, has been raising funds through the sale of BOT's. The organization has also been able to support other charitable community programs in need.
Kenora - The Break Open Ticket lottery is by far the Lake of the Woods Hospital Auxiliary's largest source of income. Operated by twenty-six auxiliary members, these tireless volunteers sell tickets three afternoons a week in the Kenora Shopper's Mall. This past year, the Auxiliary has pledged $141,000 to purchase much needed equipment for the hospital including a domestic water pump and freeze unit, five secure beds, five GO beds, a Spiro meter and examination table, two clinical recliners, a concept 45 wheelchair, four commodes, furnishings for paediatrics, an oxygen concentration/alarms and a simulator trainer.
Leeds & Grenville County - As a volunteer hospice home visiting service, the North Grenville Community Hospice is able to serve clients and their families suffering at any stage of a life threatening illness. With the help of funds raised from the sale of BOT's, the organization is able to offer their services at no charge and also provide a bereavement follow-up service and support group as necessary.
Perth - A small group of Great War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary members has raised more than $100,000 over the past ten years from the sale of break open tickets to buy necessary medical equipment for their 100 bed hospital in Perth (population 6,000). The Auxiliary has purchased recommended medical equipment for the hospital including their recent purchase of $34,681 video colon scope for their operating room.
West - The Trent
Port Historical Society has used the proceeds of BOT sales to restore and
renovate the local town hall.
Kingston - The Canadian Force Communications & Electronics Museum uses BOT funds for maintenance and operational funding for the Museum. This enables the Museum to provide the community with an educational look into our past, present and future with regard to communications and electronics in the military.
- The Rotary Club of Brighton has
been involved in the sale of BOTís for many years and has supported
organizations such as the Brighton Food Bank, Christmas Baskets for the needy,
Coats for Kids, the Salvation Army, St. Johnís Ambulance, The Terry Fox Run,
Trenton Memorial Hospital and a host of other organizations.
- The Quinte Adult Day School uses
the proceeds from BOT sales to rent space for its programs, offer life programs
and offer enrichment to its clients.
Kingston - First Avenue Public School has been raising funds through the sale of BOT's since June of 1999. They have successfully been able to raise over $75,000 in net profits from their one retail location! This allows the school to give inner city students opportunities that are not readily available to them. These funds have enabled educators to purchase playground equipment, sports equipment, computers, software, desks, and resource materials.
- Delaware Mount Bridges Minor Baseball
uses the proceeds of BOT sales to purchase equipment, purchase uniforms, provide
umpires, maintenance of their diamonds, etc. ďWithout these proceeds [BOTís], our association would
have to raise registration fees, which we refuse to do because we believe all
kids, rich or poor, deserve the right to play sportsĒ stated their Fund
- The Westover Treatment Centre is a
co-educational residential alcohol treatment centre for addictive people and
their families. Through the sale of
BOTís, the centre financed a $350,000 expansion to the centreís kitchen and
County - The Alzheimer Society
uses BOT funds to educate the public, assist in the development of new programs
and services and assist in the continuation of current services.
The services include Adult Resource Centres to provide information, the
Sensory Stimulation Centre which purchases articles that provide activity and
stimulation for the person with Alzheimer Disease, monthly support meetings for
families dealing with Alzheimer Disease, and many more programs and services.
- The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
sells BOTís in communities across Ontario to support leading-edge research
into breast cancer.
Ė BOTís have become an important fundraiser for hospital auxiliaries across Ontario, with patients in each community
as the major benefactor. Over the
past ten years, hospital auxiliaries have netted in excess of $25 million, which
has provided substantial donations for hospital equipment (not funded by
government) as well as medical research and volunteer education.
Ė Camp Dorset is a one-of-a kind
childrenís camp for those who must use dialysis machines and regulated
equipment due to kidney failure. The
Camp allows children to experience summer vacations with their family, which
would otherwise be unavailable without the fully equipped facility.
Break Open Ticket proceeds have been used to purchase dialysis equipment.
- The Sudbury Arts Council raises
funds to support its programs and services including the Arts and Crafts program
of the Elizabeth Fry Society; the Prison Arts program of the John Howard
Society; Earthdancers, a group of youth who create and perform their own dance
compositions, which in turn raises money for worthwhile local causes; Open Minds
Quarterly, a creative writing and artistic journal for people who are dealing
with or recovering from a mental illness and the Bell Park Gazebo Concert
Series, 14 free Sunday evening concerts in the park which introduce people to a
variety of music genres and which promotes local musicians.
Ste. Marie - Parents and children alike have benefited from the sale of
BOTís by an organization called KidsHope
of Sault Ste. Marie. KidsHope
offers a variety of programs for young children throughout the Algoma district.
Ė ProAction raises funds to promote
community relations by funding activities and events between Metro Torontoís
Community Relations Police Officers and the youth of Metro Toronto.
Ė Eight years ago, the HLS Foundation established a BOT-only sales booth in the Huntsville
Place Mall. The Foundation was
created to own, operate and split the proceeds of BOTís sales for the
following types of organizations: Hospital and healthcare, library and culture,
and sports and recreation. Approximately
$700,000 in profits has been distributed amongst the membership.
Ė The John Howard Society uses BOT
proceeds to assist people recently released from incarceration to find
employment, housing and clothing; to develop and implement crime prevention
programs for youth ages 8 to 16 by teaching them healthy lifestyles; and to
provide group programming for young offenders ages 12 to 15 to assist them in
redirecting their lives in a positive way before becoming entrenched in criminal
Ė Without BOTís, the Victorian Order of Nurses, Eastern Counties Branch, would not be
able to offer all of the services it currently does. These services include free nurse visits to those in need
over and above amounts funded by government and the administration of a Cancer
Support Network, which matches patients now going through treatment with
individuals who are cancer survivors.
Ė Huronia Symphony Inc. uses the
proceeds from BOTís to support symphony groups in the city and throughout the
of Prescott-Russell - Le Centre
d'Alphabetisation Moi, J'Apprends. L'agent
amasse au moyen de la vente de billets Nevada servira a continuer les activites
d'alphabetisation des adultes francophones du comte de Russell et a organiser
des activites de prevention de l'analphabetisme aupres de jeunes.
Falls Ė The West Nipissing General Hospital is able to support important
hospital directives such as purchasing operating equipment and supplies for the
intensive care unit as a result of BOT sales.
Ė Thanks to BOTís, the Association for Differently Abled People Together (ADAPT) was able
to purchase a new van for the transportation of the differently disabled.
- The Rotary Club of Kingston has
supported various organizations such as the Easter Seals Campaign, the Polio
Plus Campaign, the Boys' and Girls' Club of Kingston, the Queens International
Centre and other Youth projects.
- The Friends of the Library uses the
proceeds of BOT sales to aid in the operation of the local library and to
increase library services in Marmora.
of North Glengarry - The Kenyon
Township Fire Department use the proceeds of BOT's to purchase new fire
fighting equipment for the fire department.
- The Tamworth Community Fundraising
Committee has raised funds with BOTís to help with Sheffield's part to
raise funds for the Sheffield Community Centre.
- Sunnyside Children's Foundation
uses proceeds to enhance and contribute to the well being of children, families
and communities by supporting the development and delivery of high quality,
innovative mental health services and programs.
Counties of Stormont / Dundas / Glengarry
- The Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Cornwall
Shrine Club has been raising funds through the sale of BOT's in order to
assist and provide care and transportation to the Shriners' Hospital.
Ontario - The Ottawa
Children's Treatment Centre has been using BOT funds to provide integrated
rehabilitation and education services to physically handicapped children in
Eastern Ontario, from infancy to nineteen (19) years of age.
- Slovenski Park has used BOT funds
to support their Youth programs, such as their dance groups, and also to promote
education and heritage of the Slovenian Community.
- The Kinette Club of Cornwall uses
monies raised to manufacture baby layettes for the Hotel Dieu Hospital, as well
as other community needs.
of Frontenac - In order to promote safe skiing and to administer first aid
to injured alpine and nordic skiers in the county, as well as supporting other
charitable community programs in need, the Canadian
Ski Patrol System, Frontenac Zone has been raising funds through the sale of
Lake - Students at both Sharbot Lake
Public School and Sharbot Lake High
School have benefited from the sale of BOT's.
The Sharbot Lake High School Council and the Sharbot Lake Public School,
Parent Advisory Committee, have used funds to support co-curriculum activities
at the schools.
- The Crohns & Colitis Foundation of
Canada sell BOT's to help fund research and education.
of South Dundas - The Brewers'
RA Club has used funds to help support youth sports and recreation, such as
hockey, figure skating, Camp Kamaga, Scouts, Cubs and other recreation
committees in Morrisburg and South Dundas.
- The Learning Disabilities Association
has helped promote further education opportunities for children and adults with
learning disabilities. The
Associationís mandate includes promoting awareness and education of parents,
teachers and other professionals, to support counseling and awareness
activities, and to help enable those persons with learning disabilities to
realize their full potential.
and the Islands - Association
canadienne-francaise de l'Ontario. Revendiquer
la creation de nouveaux services, maintenir et ameliorer les services existants
en francais. Sensibiliser la
population de la region des Mille-Iles a la vie francophone sur son territoire.
Assuret la visibilite de l'ACFO Mille-Iles.
- Monies raised through the sale of BOTís by the Prescott Figure Skating Club have been used to help pay for ice
rental fees and costs associated with the ice shows.
- Funds from the sale of BOT's make it possible for the Lenadco Care Association to provide aid and comfort for the
residents, as well as to actively support the residents during their transition
and to assist with their well being and ever changing needs.
- The Navy League of Canada, Kingston
Branch, has been raising funds to promote, organize, sponsor, support and
encourage the education of Youth in Youth activities including a high standard
of fitness in sailing, navigation of all kinds, alertness and discipline with
particular emphasis on matters of a maritime nature, whether naval or
- The Iroquois Recreation Committee
use BOT funds to operate their recreation programs, (swimming, minor ball,
tennis, basket ball, recreational hockey) and to operate and maintain
recreational facilities, (playgrounds, ball park, beach, nature trail, bike
Ontario - To support Kidney Disease and Urinary Tract Infection research the
Kidney Foundation of Canada, Eastern
Ontario Branch, raises funds through the sale of BOT's.
Bay Ė BOT funds raised by the Thunder
Bay Symphony Orchestra have been used for artist fees, accommodations,
travel, music rentals/purchases, hall rentals and advertising/promotion of the
Region - To enable HIV
/ AIDS Regional Services to assist those living with HIV / AIDS, they have
been raising funds through BOT's.
of South Glengarry - The Knights
of Columbus #11243 use the proceeds from BOT's to help support various
organizations such as Pro-Life, Birth Rights, the Arthritis Society and other
of North Frontenac - The North
Frontenac Community Services Corporation have been selling BOT's in order to
support, promote and provide social services including child welfare, adult
support services, counseling services, education services, and community
development consultations services.
- The purpose of the Morrisburg
Recreation Committee is to promote recreational activities and facilities
for all age groups in the Village of Morrisburg. The committee encourages and coordinates the development of
recreational programs that will meet the needs and interest of the residents of
Morrisburg. The proceeds from BOT
sales have helped them achieve their goals.
Island - The Wolfe
Island Volunteer Fire Department raise funds through BOT's to make it
possible to purchase new fire fighting equipment.
of Northern Frontenac - Supporting
recreation committees, providing for senior citizens' busing and to help sustain
the Northern Frontenac Rescue Unit by the Sharbot
Lake and District Lions Club is made possible through the sale of BOT's.
- Monies raised from the BOT's help the Selby
Public School, Parent Advisory Council, support student activities at Selby
- Funds raised through BOT's by the Rotary
Club of Cornwall are used to help various charities in the City of Cornwall
and surrounding areas.
- Aboutface has used sales from BOT's
to provide information, emotional support, educational programs and to build
awareness for children and their families affected by facial disfigurements free
- The Hospice Association of Ontario
uses proceeds raised from BOT's to assist them in meeting their goals of
providing hospice services to all those who live with a life-threatening or
terminal illness across Ontario.
of South Dundas - The South Dundas
Snowmobile Club use proceeds from the sale of BOT's for the maintenance and
sometimes construction of bushing, leveling, signs and bridges in order to make
snowmobile trails safe for everyone. They also donate part of the funds to various local charities
Ė The auxiliary of the Lake of The
Woods Hospital has purchased over $1.5 million worth of equipment for the
local hospital with the proceeds of BOT sales in the Hospital.
- The Storrington Minor Soccer
Association uses the proceeds from BOT's to provide uniforms and equipment
to players, as well as to enhance the soccer facilities, (ie. nets, turf, etc.).
- Each year on Canada Day, the Village of Tamworth puts on a spectacular
fireworks show, games, clowns, ponies, a parade, etc., for the whole community
to enjoy. This is possible because
of BOT sales by Tamworth Canada Day
Catharines Ė Over $98,968 was raised
through break open tickets in the last year for the St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation. The money was used to
purchase a Flexible Gastroscope, a Colonoscope, a Pasteurmatic Unit and a
Vital*Check 3 in 1 Monitor. This
makes a total of $1,273,963.26 raised through break open tickets which has all
been used to purchase hospital equipment for the benefit of the patients, none
of which is funded by the government.
- The Maronite Association of Ottawa
is able to provide financial support for needy Lebanese/Canadian families,
senior citizens' social activities, and cultural and educational activities for
youth partly due to BOT sales.
Ė The Mahoney Minor Baseball
Association provides one of Hamiltonís oldest and most respected baseball
programs for children aged 6 to 17 years. No
child has ever been turned away due to a lack of funds, and the Association
prides itself on having a very low registration cost due to the funds generated
from the sale of BOTís.
- The Iroquois Minor Ball Association
uses the money raised from the sale of BOT's to buy and maintain baseball and
softball equipment, and to help augment Little League Canada fees in regard to
travel and accommodation.
of Clarence - Rockland - La
Foundation de l'aide a L'enfance, Prescott-Russell.
Venir en aide aux enfants dans le besoin.
- Russell - Association
pour l'Intergration Communautaire de Prescott-Russell uses funds raised from
BOT's to enhance a better quality of life for the mentally ill so that they are
able to live within the community.
- Funds raised by the Ontario March of Dimes through the sale of BOT's are used for
services which include assistive devices, post-polio services, public education,
conductive education, recreation and leisure services, literacy training and
Ė Hamilton Huskies Minor Hockey
uses BOT proceeds to distributed 53 bursaries over the past nine years.
- To raise funds for research into viruses of retro viruses responsible for
certain immune deficiencies, Univirus Research of Canada raises money through the sale of
- The Sudbury Regional Hospital Auxiliary - Laurentian Site, has raised a
total of $625,000.00 through the sale of break open tickets in their Hospital
Boutique for much needed equipment for their hospital. Many thanks are given to the auxiliary members
for volunteering their time to manage this fundraiser.