Legendary talk show host and author Lowell Green will headline the annual Afternoon in the Islands fundraiser on Saturday, August 19, the Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes Provincial Progressive Conservative Association announced today.
Green, who retired from Ottawa radio station CFRA in 2016 after a 60-year broadcasting career, was the voice of common-sense conservative talk in eastern Ontario for many years. He has remained active as a regular commentator on CFRA and an author since his retirement.
“Lowell is one of the most influential conservative voices in Ontario, and we are delighted he will be attending Afternoon in the Islands,” said MPP Steve Clark.
This is the 31tst anniversary of the popular event, started when now-Senator Bob Runciman was the riding’s MPP and carried on since 2010 by Clark. The event will take place at the Glen House Resort on the Thousand Islands Parkway near Ivy Lea.
And thanks to new fundraising rules, the event will once again be hosted by Runciman since MPPs are prohibited from attending fundraising events, including those in their own ridings.
“Many MPPs have decided not to hold fundraising events because of the new rules, but we decided to continue the tradition,” Clark said. “Senator Runciman leaves the Senate the week before the event, capping off a remarkable career of public service, which includes eight years on city council, 29 as MPP, and seven and a half years in the Senate. This 31st edition of Afternoon in the Islands allows us to honour his contribution.”
The event starts at 3 p.m., offering live music, an open bar, boat cruises and a lobster and beef buffet at 6 p.m. in a beautiful setting on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in the heart of the Thousand Islands.
Tickets for Afternoon in the Islands are $150 and include a significant income tax receipt. They are available by calling riding association president Barry Raison at 613-802-9448 or chief financial officer Dawn Latourell at 613-258-4280. They are also available online here.