Next generation leaders raise $210,000 at Sleep out for homeless kids

L to R: Covenant House Toronto Executive Director Bruce Rivers; Maria Orsini, executive vice president finance and administration, Cundari Group; Andreas Antoniou, managinag partner for several downtown restaurants, including Estiatorio VOLOS & Little Anthony's; and David Armstrong, director, Onex Partners, at Covenant House’s Sleep Out: Next Generation.

TORONTO, ON, April 8, 2016 – More than 50 of the next generation of business and community leaders spent a frigid night outside to raise awareness of youth homelessness and more than $210,000 for kids at Covenant House.

Participants in the 3rd annual Covenant House Sleep Out: Next Generation, equipped with only sleeping bags and cardboard got a small glimpse of the hardships youth can face on the street.

For the second year in a row, the five-member Onex Corporation team were the top fundraisers at more than $210,000.

“It is tremendously gratifying to see our next generation of leaders getting behind our youth and our agency,” says Bruce Rivers, Covenant House executive director. “This kind of support is critical to our ability to provide the support and services our youth need to build better futures.”

Together with the agency’s hugely successful Executive Sleep Outs, more than $3.6 million has been raised over the past four years.

As the country’s largest homeless youth agency, Covenant House provides the widest range of services under one roof, including crisis shelter and transitional housing on-site and in the community, counselling, education and employment assistance, job training and aftercare. To do all this, the agency relies on donors for 80 percent of its $22.8-million annual operating budget.

Contact: Rose Cino
Manager, Communications
(416) 204-7081

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