It began as a card game between four engineers and has evolved into an event that has raised over $330,000 in its 28-year history.

The annual Spring Fling, held on May 4 at the Elks Lodge, raised $17,500 for Community Living North Bay’s Outcomes Fund. All of the funds raised go towards assisting individuals with an intellectual disability achieve goals and dreams. From assistive technology to trips to visit family, to concerts, hockey tickets and items to help someone in their own home, this fund has helped many individuals improve their lives.

The fundraiser is hosted by The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists and The Professional Engineers of Ontario. They decided all those years ago to donate the proceeds of their card game to Community Living North Bay, and that is how Spring Fling was born.

The organizing committee wishes to thank donors, volunteers and guests of Spring Fling. The committee adds, without them, this event would not be the success that it has been.

Community Living North Bay provides a range of programs and services for people with intellectual disabilities and their families. All of the services and programs offered add quality to the lives of people the group supports. Community Living North Bay is committed to creating a supportive and accepting community.

Community Living invites you to join in creating a community where all people are accepted and thrive.

You can follow their stories on Facebook @CLNorth Bay, Instagram @CLnbay and website www.communitylivingnorthbay.org.