And so, in the fall 2012, when Showboat was poised to close due to financial difficulties, a group of civic and arts-minded individuals including Bill Thomas, Gail Todd, Candace Turner-Smith and Ron Bodner rallied together and created The Friends of Roselawn Centre, with the aim of strategizing the promotion of Port Colborne’s most historic cultural centre and to investigate sponsorship opportunities to bring the utilization of the centre back to full capacity and full independence.
Since officially forming in April 2013, the Friends of Roselawn Centre are established as a non profit organization with charitable status and produces several events annually. Several past events include — An Evening at Roselawn: Juried Silent Art Auction, Christmas Markets, Harold Moseby Day, Henry the VIII, Paint Night, Trivia Night, An Evening with Anna Olson and more — and take part in collaborating with local groups and the City on a variety of other events connected in some way to the Roselawn Centre. In 2018, the FORC successfully raised and met their Capital Campaign pledge of $50,000 in conjunction with the City of Port Colborne and a grant from the Federal Canada 150 grant monies. This went to the restoration of the beautiful exterior Roselawn heritage home, surrounding landscaping and fencing.