TRURO - The annual Jamie Shephard Memorial Reunion is a win-win for everyone involved, says one of its organizers.
Don Cameron, a friend of Shepherd's, said the event, which will be held Boxing Day at Keggar's Alehouse, has become one of the best social gatherings of the year which also benefits several causes.
"It really is the party of the year," Cameron said. "For people who are away and home for the holidays, it's a great chance to see a lot of people at one time."
Doors open at 8 p.m. while live music provided by Gravity gets underway at 9 p.m.
The event was started in 1986, just months after Shephard was killed in a car crash. His friend, Dewey Squires, who was also in the crash, succumbed to his injuries a year later.
Since then, the event has raised more than $100,000 to fund a pair of scholarships given annually to graduating CEC students in their memory.
The fund has also provided assistance to other causes in the community, such as the Truro Blue Bombers peewee football team, the Christmas Index program, minor hockey, families in need and to disadvantaged children.
Cameron said Shepherd would be happy to see everyone having a good time while providing for a good cause.
"He was a real character who was very sociable, so he would be smiling looking down on all of his friends celebrating the season."
A free family skate at Colchester Legion Stadium will also be held Thursday, courtesy of the Jamie Shephard Memorial Trust Fund committee. It is scheduled for 2 to 3 p.m. and is open to everyone.
Donations to the fund at both the free skate and the reunion will be gratefully accepted.