Village Media 5th Year Anniversary Party

location_onThe Machine Shop, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
The Machine Shop is an historic venue that holds a large event space, a gelato shop, a pub, and a steak house restaurant. A variety of events take place here including concerts. (
Tonight the community celebrates Village Media's fifth anniversary at an event featuring sumo wrestling, carnival games, an open bar, gourmet snacks, a gelato bar, red carpet photos, live music by Scoville Unit, and more. The entire Village Media family is gathered together in one place for the first time, joined by partners and clients from the Sault Ste Marie community.

Fun signage points the way to the party at The Machine Shop

Guests pose on the red carpet upon arrival

Vicki Chiappetta and Mat Lajoie pose for a red carpet photo

Five years of serving Canadian communites!

The expansive venue is decorated beautifully

Guests head to the bar for libations

The band, Scoville Unit, welcomes attendees with music

The smell of hot, fresh popcorn permeates the air, lending to the carnival vibe

Giant horseshoes are among the oversized games available to play

John Hammill poses triumphantly after a game of horseshoes

Rob Speers, Mike Trahan, and Stuart Snelgrove

The Skee Roll game with wiffle balls is surprisingly hard!

Top Doc is a giant Operation game

Top Doc in action - the magnet wand is tricky!

David Helwig, Tony Saxon, Liz O'Donnell and Mac Sinclair

Scott Elgie and Jonathon Kennedy enjoying a bit of cotton candy

Jay Case, the lead singer of tonight's band, Scoville Unit

A gelato sundae bar (and pizza on the other side) provided by the onsite businesses at The Machine Shop

Sumo wrestlers suit up! Winners get $250 toward a charity of their choice

The first one to 5 points (achieved by knocking your opponent down or outside the ring) wins. Brad Gregorini from NorPro and Jeff Decorpo from Northern Breweries kick off the competition.

The suits are heavy and cumbersome, it doesn't take long for competitors to start getting tired.

Red wins! 5-1

Next up, Sarah McCleary (City Council Candidate - Ward 4) and Lisa Vezeau-Allen (City Council Candidate - Ward 2) jump in the ring. They are competing for St. Vincent Place and Thrive Children's Centre Foundation, respectively.
In the third match, Ward 4 Council Candidate Tim Halin (charity = Making a Difference) and Ward 1 Council Candidate Derek Pearce (charity = Helping Hands) battle it out.

And now for the main event: two car dealership representatives battle it out!

Greg Lefave, Superior Auto Group, and Carmen Blonda, Northside Toyota, fight to take home the prize money to their charities: Twinkie Foundation and ARCH, respectively.

Nicole Parkes, Sarah Braumberger and Melanie Junge

Scoville Unit keeps the party going

Guests can hop in the sumo suits at any time and try their hand at it

Dancing the night away

Happy 5th Anniversary Village Media!

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