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February 5, 2018   ·   0 Comments



(Top) Rob Farah, was joined by his daughter and granddaughter at another successful TottenHUG, an annual event he founded. (Above) Ian Witherspoon and Ginny Cathcart hug it out at Totten“HUG” 2018, an event now in its third year.

Totten”HUG” took place in the west side parking lot of the Legion, at 25 Richmond Street, and started at 1 p.m., with the official HUG taking place at 1:35 p.m.

Visitors were given name tag and raffle ticket (name tag entitled guests to 10 per cent off at select local restaurants following the event).

Volunteers Jackie Price and Suzanne Cudnik were there to assist, and coffee and hot chocolate was provided by John Genova of Tottenham Paving.

Music and entertainment by ‘The Release’ started outdoors and then moved inside the Legion after the official record setting Group HUG.

According to event organizer Rob Farah, and based on the number of name tags handed out, more than 200 people were in attendance. Donations were also collected for the Our Town Food Bank.

Ceremonial ‘Smile’ balloons are released following the Totten“HUG” embrace. The event, created to generate positivity in the doldrums of winter and get people out from behind their computers, was met with warm(ish) weather and smiles all around


Town of New Tecumseth Mayor Rick Milne (blue coat) hugs event organizer, Rob Farah, before the official HUG takes place. Milne was joined by other members of council, including Ward 8 Councillor Chris Ross, Ward 6 Councillor Richard Norcross, Ward 2 Councillor Michael K Beattie, and Ward 1 Councillor Marc Biss. Mayor of Essa Terry Dowdall, was also on hand


Members of the Tottenham Steam Hockey Team came out to show their Tottenham spirit at Totten“HUG” 2018.


Family members Lorne, Annette and Sean Derraugh didn’t waste an opportunity to publicly support Totten“HUG” 2018, and get a nice family photo too. Way to spread the love Derraughs!


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