Top execs sleep out, aim to raise $1 million for homeless youth

TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2017 – Maureen Jensen, chair and chief executive officer of the Ontario Securities Commission, will be among 80 of Toronto’s business and community leaders as they sleep out on the night of Nov. 16 to help homeless youth.

The 6th annual Covenant House Sleep Out: Executive Edition will see participants spend the night outside with only a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the agency.

This year’s goal is to raise $1 million in one night. Last year, participants spent a cold night out to raise a total of $1,067,000, bringing the total to date to nearly $6 million for all Sleep Out events.

Other participants include NHL alumnus Paul Coffey; Ana Dominguez, president, Campbell Company of Canada and David Bradt, executive director, CIBC Global Markets, who will be getting a small glimpse of the hardships kids can face on the street.

Bruce Rivers, Covenant House Toronto executive director, says that as many as 250 young people depend on the agency’s support every day.

“We are most grateful to the business community for such generous support of this life-changing experience,” Rivers says. “Our goal is to help shine a light on the plight of homeless youth and raise funds to help us give our kids the support they need to build better futures.”

Covenant House Toronto is Canada’s largest agency serving at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth offering a wide range of services and support. To do all this, the agency relies on donors for more than 80 per cent of its $27-million annual operating budget. Since opening its doors in 1982, Covenant House has served almost 95,000 young people.

For more, contact:

Michael Sheiner
Associate Manager, Public Relations
416 204-7094
msheiner@covenanthouse.ca

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