Top execs sleep out to raise
$1 million for homeless kids
Sleeping out in support of homeless kids at Covenant House (l t o r): Mike George, event committee chair and Trisura Guarantee Insurance president and CEO; Honorary Co-Chairs Kirstine Stewart, Diply Chief Strategy Officer, and Jeffrey Orridge, CFL commissioner, and Bruce Rivers, Covenant House executive director.
TORONTO, ON, November 18, 2016 – Seventy top business and community leaders slept out last night and raised an astounding $1 million for homeless youth at Covenant House Toronto. With only a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard, participants in the 5th annual Covenant House Executive Sleep Out took the grand total to over $5 million for all Sleep Out events.
Led by Honorary Co-Chairs Kirstine Stewart, Diply Chief Strategy Officer and Jeffrey Orridge, CFL commissioner, participants included Ernie Philip, Senior Vice President of Xerox Services, Xerox Canada, Caroline Papadatos, Senior Vice President, LoyaltyOne, Dan McGrath, Chief Operating Officer, Cineplex Odeon Corporation, Doug Mizzi, President, TJX Canada and Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders.
“I am overwhelmed by the extraordinary support this event has generated from the business community to help us raise funds and to shed light on the plight of homeless youth,” says Bruce Rivers, Covenant House executive director who also slept out. “While last night was uncomfortable and chilly, it was only a small glimpse of the hardship homeless kids can face on the street.”
Covenant House, the country’s largest homeless youth agency, offers the widest range of services under one roof. More than a place to stay, it provides 24/7 crisis shelter and longer-term residential programs on-site and in the community as well as education, counselling, employment assistance, job training and aftercare. The agency serves as many as 250 young people every day and has offered its support to more than 90,000 in the past 34 years.
Contact: Michael Sheiner
Associate Manager, Public Relations
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