The Grace Foundation in New Brunswick should be thoroughly ashamed of itself.
Just over a year ago, in an effort to raise money for furniture in a senior’s complex, they booked Justin Trudeau for a public speaking gig…paid him $20,000.
Following Justin’s appearance, here’s what the Foundation posted on its website:
An Evening with Justin Trudeau
Posted July 3, 2012 in News
On Wednesday June 27, Grace Foundation hosted its inaugural fund raising event. Guest speaker Justin Trudeau spoke passionately about our roles and responsibilities as Canadians in the global community, challenging each individual to consider his or her contribution toward positive change. Following the formal presentation, audience members had an opportunity to pose questions and engage in conversation. Audience members agree it was an evening to remember.
While giving the impression the night was a hit, event organizers knew it was a flop, at least fundraising wise.
Only 150 tickets were sold, leaving the Foundation $21,000 in the red.
So, last week, Foundation board member, Susan Buck, whined publicly about the loss, demanding young Mr. Trudeau return his speaking fee.
Of course, all hell broke loose, something I’m sure Ms. Buck was counting on.
Pressured by public opinion, and opposition condemnation, Mr. T. has announced he will return the money. In fact, in an effort to recoup any lost points, he’s willing to return all monies made from public speaking, since becoming an MP four years ago…$277,000.
Trudeau says he’ll meet with the various groups and organizations and those that want their money back, will get it.
Obviously, he didn’t have a choice. Portrayed as a rich, heartless, wannabe Prime Minister, it was his only move.
I’m sure the Grace Foundation knows, like most of us, that when you spend money to make money, it doesn’t always pan out…investments CAN go south.
It also knows that taking on the role of victims, a sad bunch of gouged geezers, can pay off.
While I may feel sorry for the Foundation’s loss, I think the way it does business, sucks.
As the saying goes; “you pays your money, and you takes your chances.”
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