It really is amazing …. and fun!

Dear Editor

 It is incredible to think that a few people, a few years ago, thought it would be fun to have a little race to support the Oak Ridges Hospice. 

In three years of running this event we have raised $52,500, shared a lot of laughs, stories and created amazing memories, all with the help of this fantastic community and you. 

 Please mark your calendars for September 14 for this year’s Amazing Race.    

There are so many opportunities to support the Amazing Race and Oak Ridges Hospice. Contact me at if you would like some more information.

Thank you,

Amy Toon

May the fourth was a huge success!

We couldn’t have celebrated our 30th year of Wing & Pizza Night on Saturday May 4, any better. With an attendance of over 650 people and 15 restaurants, we were able to raise $40,000!

On behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham (BBBSND), we want to thank our outstanding community for attending the event, and to our amazing restaurant partners, sponsors, volunteers, and donors. Your support has been essential in our ability to provide positive role models and impactful mentoring experiences to the children and youth in our North Durham communities. 

This year, BBBSND will be celebrating our 48th year of mentoring young people in North Durham Region and are proud to be our community’s leading child and youth mentorship organization. Our volunteer mentors help ignite the power and potential of young people.

If your child or youth could use some additional support as they navigate through life, or if you’ve thought about becoming a mentor and have questions, please reach out by email at or give us a call at: 905-985-3733.

Together, we make a difference!

Margaret Ayres 

Executive Director

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham Region

Many, many thumbs up

Thank you to our great community, friends, volunteers, businesses and so many more. 

A huge, special thank you, to the Soomre family, who made this event possible. ‘Country Night for Northern Lights’ held on Saturday April 27 at the Port Perry Legion, was a wonderful evening, great music and so much fun! 

The 1st Port Perry Venturers are so grateful to the Soomres for the proceeds raised, which are all going towards the Venturers trip to the Icelandic National Jamboree happening this July.

Sandie Barnes

Group Commissioner

1st Port Perry Scout Group

Love the recipes

I just wanted to tell Mona, that I LOVE her recipes in the magazine. I made the No Butter Chicken (April 2024) and the chili con carne (November 2023) and they were EASY to make and delicious! I look forward to more great dinner ideas. 

Thank you, 

Stacey Bogdanow

Thanks everyone and still time if you wish to donate

Dear Editor

We are writing to express our profound gratitude to the wonderful community of Port Perry for their overwhelming support of our recent event, “Country Night for Northern Lights.” This event was organized to raise funds for the 1st Port Perry Venturers’ trip to the Icelandic Jamboree in July.

It was a memorable evening thanks to incredible performances by Red Cup County and Dave Vaillancourt, with a special appearance by Christine Vaillancourt. 

None of this would have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Focus on Scugog, South Scugog Auto Sales, Port Perry Auto Glass and Trim, Capt. 25 Craft Beer, Goreski Roofing and Installation, Mrs. Lynne Thorklelsson, Twin Silos Farms, and Elliott Automotive.

Additionally, we would like to express our gratitude to the generous donors who contributed to our raffle prizes: Dana’s Goldsmithing Inc., EpicSoups, Marilyn Tripp, Grace Manns, Rosemary Swan, The Lakeview Pub, Cycle Life, the Ayres Family, Lori Bolan, Annette Soomre, Buzzing Bee’s Adventure Farm, Villa Vida Loca Farm Market, and the Towrie Family. 

A sincere thank you to the Port Perry Legion staff and volunteers, the 1st Port Perry Venturers, and their families for their hard work throughout the event. Special mention to Josh, Graham, Anna, and Connor for their support.

Finally, we want to express our gratitude to everyone who attended and contributed to the success of this event. With your support, we raised over $4500 for the Venturers’ trip to the World Scout Jamboree.

If you wish to donate or learn more about this upcoming adventure, please contact Venturer Leader Sandie at


The Soomre and Doyle families

She has been invaluable to us!

Dear Editor

     I think it is high time we sent a Thumbs Up for Mary Ann Fleming herself.  The Focus is a must read for many residents in Scugog and she is one of the main reasons for its success. She is aware and part of many things that are happening in the community and is always supportive and helpful. Thank You! 

Tinie Evans, representing the G moms of Port Perry. 

Editors Note: Tinie, appreciate the kind words and believe me, it is all of us at Focus, our advertisers and our readers who we are to thank! MaryAnn