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April 5, 2014
On Saturday April 5, The Top Shop turned 29! We held a huge event that day with food and drinks and lots of granite on sale! A big thank you to all of the suppliers and customers over the years that have helped us make it to 29! Next year could be big…
November 24, 2013
A great time was had by all at our Employee’s Kids’ Christmas Party. Santa paid a visit with gifts for all the kids and as you can see, took some pictures with everyone!
November 22, 2013
On November 22 we held our in-house silent auction! We are happy to announce that we raised an amazing $457 for The Children’s Health Foundation. Thanks to all that donated and helped organize this event!
August 15, 2013
On August 15, we hosted the London Chamber of Commerce’s Business After 5 networking event. We had over 125 local business leaders in for a tour of our facility, great food and drinks, and some all important networking. Many commented on how this was an amazing venue and event, and hope we do it again! We were happy to show local leaders how manufacturing is important in London.
June 8, 2013
On June 8 we had our annual yard sale. We raised $555 for the Children’s Health Foundation. We also had 97.5 Virgin Radio there to support us! Thanks to all our volunteers and those who bought items to support the cause!
June 4, 2013
On June 4 we presented a cheque to the Children’s Health Foundation for $9,024.80. This total was raised by Top Shop employees over the year and what a great day it was to present the results of all their hard work! Thank you to everyone for their hard work over the year!
April 22, 2013
In April, the London Spring Home & Garden Show was held at the Western Fair District. The Top Shop debuted our one-of-a-kind booth, where “stone comes alive”. This interactive display of beautiful granite and marble with wonderful dancers that blended into the stone was a huge success and the talk of the show!
We encouraged show patrons to get their picture with our dancers and gave away an ipad to one lucky winner, Alexa!
January 28, 2013
We had a terrific show again at the LHBA Lifestyle Homeshow. Over 17,000 members of the community walked the floor and we were fortunate enough to meet many of them. Thank you London for your support again this year!
We held a draw for homeshow attendees this year and the winners were the Purdy’s of London! Congratulations and enjoy your new Keurig coffee machine combo package!
November 25, 2012
At the end of November, we had our Staff Kid’s Christmas Party, with a visit from someone special. A great time was had by all! We had 41 kids!!!
November 14, 2012
Recently, The Top Shop took part in a remodel of a teaching kitchen in Parkhill. Click on the article to read it as seen in the Parkhill Gazette.
October 13, 2012
Most recently, The Top Shop showed our support once again for the Bethany’s Hope Foundation at their recent Walk The Park event on October 13th. We entered a team of nine and raised over $900 for the Foundation’s research.
August 18, 2012
August 18th was the date of our company picnic. Nothing but good times and great food! Staff, spouses, and children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, whether it was on the golf course, at the water park, or in the batting cages.
August 3, 2012
As always, we’ve been busy with staff BBQs this summer in support of The Top Shop’s ongoing initiative to raise money for the Children’s Health Foundation. Thank you Linda Coates for the great job you do in organizing these fundraising events! The Children’s Health Foundation is a critical resource that benefits sick children of Southern Ontario and is located in London. For more info go to: http://www.childhealth.ca/
July 27-29, 2012
Mandy Leask and Chris Guimond also supported the Bethany’s Hope Foundation at their annual Rock The Park fundraiser by volunteering their time to help set up and serve refreshments to park-goers and concert attendees. This year Rock The Park raised $253k ($100k more than last year) for a total of $1.5million over 9 years! That’s great news for the research team, located in London, and brings them one step closer to clinical trials. For more info, go to: http://rockthepark.ca/ and http://www.bethanyshope.org/index.html
June 16, 2012
On June 16, we held our Annual Yard Sale & BBQ. Top Shop volunteers worked hard to sort the donations and cook some delicious grub. We’re proud to announce we raised over $500 for the Children’s Health Foundation! Thank you to everyone that was a part of this event, including our staff and customers!
May 12, 2012
Look for The Top Shop on several minor sports teams this year! We’re very proud to help out by sponsoring several minor hockey, tball and soccer teams around London!
May 10, 2012
Last week, David and Michael went down to present a cheque to the Children’s Health Foundation! Following tradition, Linda Coates made a wonderful cake that looks just like the cheque that was presented. With The Top Shop staff’s help, we were able to present a cheque for $11,800 this year! We’re really proud that we can help such a worthy charity organization!
David was also recognized as a ‘change bandit’ with Astral Media. Check it out here!
March 21, 2012
The Top Shop was a Corporate Sponsor for the “7 Chefs Charity Gala” on March 17. I was very fortunate to be able to attend the event and continue to admire the level of support and dedication the community shows towards the Bethany’s Hope Foundation. As always, it was a pleasure to see Dave and Lindey; their level of commitment, depth of feeling, and approachability is second to none! Check out this great organization here: http://bethanyshope.org/
December 6, 2011
At the London Chamber of Commerce’s November ‘Biz After 5′, Chris and Mike were lucky enough to snap a picture with a special guest after donating 3 filled bags of food for the London Food Bank.
November 1, 2011
With our donation of $25,000 last year to the Children’s Health Foundation, we helped create a brand new exam room in the new wing of the Children’s Hospital! Recently, a private tour and dedication cermony was held on-site, with many dignitaries present.
We have also installed countertops in the new BMO Optimist Centre on Rectory Street in London. This new centre has soccer fields and an indoor walking track! With the donation of slabs from Hanwha and their HanStone product, the concessions, tables and sills have never looked better!
September 1, 2011
Two fun things we’ve been doing in the community lately. Held on Saturday, August 27th, The Top Shop’s 3rd Annual Yard Sale and BBQ Fundraiser for the Children’s Health Foundation was great success! With the big top white tent up and loads of stuff for sale, Top Shop staff volunteered their time once again. Dr. Beary Goode also made a guest appearance to support this worthy event, giving hugs and spreading cheer to lucky patrons. A special thanks to Jack from Art-A-Print Signs who created a banner with the Children’s Hospital logo to promote the yard sale and BBQ. We raised almost $600 for the Children’s Hospital at this year’s yard sale. Everything left over from the sale was brought to Goderich and donated to help with their Tornado relief efforts!
Secondly, some of you may recall we ran a silent auction in June to fundraise for the Children’s Hospital and one of the items up for auction was a 4 hour boat cruise complete with a wine and dine package. Gerry and Lorraine Hensels were the lucky winners and enjoyed a wonderful boat cruise in August, compliments of David Dean & Linda Coates.
June 21, 2011
Another fundraiser for the LHSC, Linda did a fantastic job running a silent auction for the Children’s Hospital this month. Total funds raised were $2,374! Special thanks to all the enthusiastic bidders that turned out to support this very worthy cause. As many of you already know, fundraising for the Children’s Hospital is an ongoing initiative at
The Top Shop and many staff volunteer their time and services throughout the year.
May 10, 2011
Astral’s National Day of Caring for Kids Radiothon was a resounding success and, through the continuous efforts of staff at The Top Shop, we have once again made a contribution for $8,000! As many of you already know, the staff and president of The Top Shop share a commitment to fundraising for the Children’s Health Foundation. Through the year Top Shop staff members lead initiatives to raise money and awareness of the Children’s Hospital and their needs. The donation was delivered with a giant cheque-shaped cake on location at Victoria Hospital. Special thanks to Linda Coates for her special contribution in hand-making one of the biggest cakes I’ve ever seen (see below)!
Funds raised will be used to purchase neonatal monitors, paediatric exam tables, and paediatric trauma beds. Additional pictures and information can be found at:
Children’s Health Foundation website:
March 15, 2011
We are proud to sponsor the young boys and girls from The East London Soccer Club this year. We value the opportunity to support these young athletes and wish them well this coming season. Below is a photo of the team we sponsored in 2010; just look at the smiles on those bright faces!
October 29, 2010
October 22nd was the date of our big cheque presentation. We hit our special 25th anniversary fundraising goal two months early and presented a cheque for $25,000 to Jill Osborne on behalf of the Children’s Hospital.
At the presentation Mark Elliot, father of Tristen and benefactor of the Children’s Hospital services, shared the story of how his son was born without a functioning liver and the difficulties he and his wife faced while helplessly watching their suffering infant son. He expressed his heartfelt appreciation for the services of the Children’s Hospital and explained how community supporters really do make a difference every day in the lives of needy children and families in the region. The good news is Tristen is now a happy, healthy two year old and has had a new liver for a year now. The intimacy and candour Mark used to tell his son’s story touched every one of us and made me realize how very rewarding it is to be involved in fundraising for the Children’s Hospital.
Click here http://www.thetopshop.ca/press/donation1.pdf to read more about our 2010 Children’s Hospital fundraising initiatives.
October 12, 2010
September 1, 2010
Fundraising efforts to meet The Top Shop’s special 25th anniversary goal of $25,000 in 2010 are ongoing. In early August, we held a successful weekend yard sale that raised over $800 for the Children’s Health Foundation!!! Thanks to all organizing volunteers and yard sale patrons for your support!
July 6, 2010
As many of you know, we are continuing our fundraising efforts throughout the year to accomplish an annual goal of $25,000 in celebration of our 25th year in business. Our most recent fundraising heroes are The Top Shop’s Emily Coates and Sharon Garrod who raised over $1,000 by collecting sponsors and cycling from London to Sarnia on the weekend of June 12th. Both adventuring cyclists are pictured below at the end of their trek underneath the Blue Water Bridge in Point Edward. Congratulations girls!
May 25, 2010
London’s local radio stations hold an annual call-in Radiothon to raise funds for the Children’s Health Foundation. This event was held on April 29, 2010 and raised $416,000. Whoa! That’s a lotta dough for our children, thanks to all participants and organizers. The Top Shop presented its annual ‘cheque cake’ which was enjoyed by all. So far this year The Top Shop has donated a total of $15,750, approaching our $25,000 goal for 2010! For more info on the Radiothon follow this link: http://www.childhealth.ca/news/11th-annual-radiothon-children-s-0
April 13, 2010
At the anniversary party on Friday night, The Top Shop announced a 2010 fundraising goal of $25,000 for our friends at the Children’s Health Foundation, CHF (formerly the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario). As of Friday evening, our goal is halfway realized. Thank you to all sponsors and fundraising efforts thus far, children all over Western Ontario will benefit from your generous donation of time and/or money. The gift will be presented to the CHF in December and we invite all partners to support us in this worthwhile goal.
March 2, 2010
As we celebrate our 25th year in business we realize how thankful we are for our community’s past and continued patronage. As such, we decided to give back to the community in a way that would be appreciated by Londoners and Southern Ontarians at large. We are very excited and pleased to announce that we’ve set a company fundraising goal of $25,000 to be raised by The Top Shop and staff over the course of 2010. A donation will be made to the Children’s Hospital in December of 2010 and we invite all partners to support us in this worthwhile community goal.
October 9, 2009
As many of you know, The Top Shop was a Platinum sponsor and entered two teams into the Race to Erase road rally fundraiser this past September.
We are pleased to report that the event was a resounding success! The entire event raised $22,500 for the London Food Bank to distribute to local families in need; The Top Shop’s total was $9,050!
Thanks to all those people who volunteered their time for this very worthwhile cause!
Feel free to visit the event website at london.racetoerase.com for more details.
September 2, 2009
Once again, The Top Shop is proud to be a platinum sponsor for the Race to Erase road rally fundraiser. Proceeds benefit the London Food Bank and involves teams of adults driving through London to complete fun-filled challenges. The challenges are designed not only to be entertaining but to create awareness and exposure to local businesses and not-for-profit organizations.
The London Food Bank helped an average of 2,500 families per month in 2008 and the need continues to rise this year in 2009. Please show your support and get behind this very important community event that is taking place on Saturday, September 26, 2009. For more details visit, london.racetoerase.com.