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S.W.A.N. spreads its wings to support Bradford food bank

Made in Mexico donating 15 per cent of food sales, and there will be raffles, door prizes, and live DJ and karaoke
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S.W.A.N. (Successful Women Always Networking) Bradford members Natasha Leskiw, left, and Jackie Kozak of Skaraoke Entertainment promote the upcoming fundfraiser for the food bank. Miriam King/BradfordToday

Jackie Kozak has launched a successful business. Her Skaraoke Entertainment provides DJ and karaoke services at parties, restaurant gigs and special events, from weddings to fundraisers.

In fact, she’ll be DJ-ing at the ‘Let’s Taco ‘Bout the Food Bank’ fundraising event for the Helping Hand Food Bank, organized by the Bradford branch of S.W.A.N. – Successful Women Always Networking.

The event is scheduled for Sept. 13 at Made in Mexico Restaurant and Cantina, 465 Holland St. W., at 7 p.m. Not only is the restaurant donating 15 per cent of food sales on the evening, there will be raffles, door prizes, as well as live DJ and Karaoke.

Admission is free, and the whole community is invited to come out, enjoy the evening and raise funds for the food bank.

S.W.A.N.’s Bradford Chapter opened in 2011. Business women and entrepreneurs get together monthly to network, learn more about and support each other’s businesses, discuss business growth and development, and raise funds for a range of charitable causes in the community.

Each year, S.W.A.N. chooses a charity, that will be the recipient of its fundraising efforts. Last year, the members of the networking organization raised funds for the BWG Community Initiatives – including a skydiving fundraiser at Skydive Toronto. This year’s choice for ‘Charity Seat’ was the Helping Hand Food Bank, which assists hundreds of residents each month.

Kozak is not only a member and VP of S.W.A.N, she came up with the catchy name for the fundraiser. “Taco ‘Bout (talk about) the Food Bank - I’m really proud of that!” she said.

The August meeting of S.W.A.N. takes place Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Bradford Legion, 115 Back St. New members are welcomed. For more information contact [email protected], or see SWANBradford on

Miriam King

About the Author: Miriam King

Miriam King is a journalist and photographer with Bradford Today, covering news and events in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil.
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