NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE – The War of 1812 Bicentennial events and festivals continue into 2013 and Fallsview Casino becomes its newest contributor by donating $5,000 to the War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee.
Tony Chisholm,volunteer fundraising chairman of the committee awarded Fallsview Casino the title “Defender of the Town” for its contribution and presented it to Greg Medulun, director of communications for the casino at the Old Courthouse Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Friday.
“It was an amazing opportunity to partner with the town of NOTL,” says Medulun.
“You may think of gaming as just entertainment, but we have 4,200 employees, 90 per cent of them live in the Niagara region and we’d like to support what’s important to them.”
The funds will go towards two significant historical re-enactments, Niagara Under Occupation and Niagara on Fire.
Niagara Under Occupation will feature 1812 American soldiers patrolling Queen Street in NOTL from May 27 to Dec. 10.
Niagara on Fire will take place on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 to commemorate the American retreat and will include the Queen St. fire-lit, an outdoor showing of the Burning video and a light show in front of the Courthouse.
“It’s a big help for the two events,” says Chisholm. “They’ve been very supportive and we’ve raised over $90,000 all from corporate sponsors.”
Every corporate sponsor is given the title “Defender of the Town”.
Chisholm says the award symbolizes an organization willing to support events in their local community.
“The war didn’t end in 1812,” says Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake, David Eke. “We don’t realize how engaging the war was. A lot of significant things happened in that war and we need to honour and remember our history.”
This years’ events of the Bicentennial focus on stories from the second year of the War of 1812, when the American forces advanced onto Canadian soil. These events include the re-enactment of the Battle of Fort George and the Laura Secord Commemorative Walk.
As before, the focal point of the Bicentennial is the celebration of 200 years of peace and friendship between Canada and the United States.
“We’re celebrating the relationship across the boarder,” says Medulun. “It something special to all of us.”