Top city execs sleep out to raise
$1 million for homeless kids
Sleeping out in support of homeless kids at Covenant House (l t o r): Paula Courtney, president, Verde Group, Duncan Hannay, event committee chair and president, Davis & Henderson Ltd., Amanda Lang, journalist, Jeffrey Orridge, CFL commissioner, Patrick Nangle, Purolator president and CEO, Bruce Rivers, Covenant House executive director, Christina Woronchak, American Express Global Business Travel vice president, business development, and Carmen Fortino, Metro Ontario division head and senior vice president.
TORONTO, ON, November 20, 2015 – Seventy-one of the city’s top business and community leaders slept out last night and raised more than $1 million for homeless kids at Covenant House. With only a sleeping bag and cardboard, participants in the fourth annual Covenant House Executive Sleep Out spent the night on the cold pavement in freezing temperatures.
Led by Honorary Chair Jeffrey Orridge, CFL commissioner, participants included Carmen Fortino, Metro Ontario division head and senior vice president, Doug Mizzi, TJX Canada president, Christina Woronchak, American Express Global Business Travel vice president, business development, Dan Payne, a star of CTV’s Alice I Think!, Patrick Nangle, Purolator president, Amanda Lang, journalist, Police Chief Mark Saunders, and Event Committee Chair Duncan Hannay, president, Davis & Henderson Ltd.
“Last night was only a small glimpse of the hardship homeless kids can face on the street,” says Bruce Rivers, executive director of the country’s largest agency for homeless youth who also slept out. Covenant House serves as many as 250 youth daily every year. To date the Sleep Out event has raised almost $3.3 million.
“We are so grateful for the tremendous support this event receives from the business community to help us raise funds and to shed light on the plight of homeless youth,” Rivers adds.
More than a place to stay, Covenant House provides 24/7 crisis shelter and longer-term residential programs for at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth, along with comprehensive services, including education, counselling, health care, employment assistance, job training, and aftercare. To do all this, the agency relies on donors for about 80 percent of its $22.8-million annual operating budget.
Contact: Rose Cino
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