Top execs sleep out and raise over $1 million for homeless youth at Covenant House

Sleeping out in support of homeless kids at Covenant House (l to r): Bruce Rivers, Covenant House executive director; Kevin Patterson, Covenant House board chair; Jawad Rathore, president and CEO, Fortress Real Developments; Mike George, event committee chair; Maureen Jensen, chair and CEO, Ontario Securities Commission and NHL alumnus Paul Coffey.

TORONTO, ON, Nov. 17, 2017 – Over 70 of Toronto’s business and community leaders slept out last night and raised an astounding more than $1 million in support of homeless youth who depend on Covenant House Toronto. With only a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard, participants in the 6th annual Covenant House Sleep Out: Executive Edition took the grand total to over $6 million for all Sleep Out events.

Participants included NHL alumnus Paul Coffey; Maureen Jensen, chair and chief executive officer of the Ontario Securities Commission; Doug Mizzi, president, TJX Canada; Ana Dominguez, president, Campbell Company of Canada; and David Bradt, executive director, CIBC Global Markets, who got a small glimpse of the hardships kids can face on the street.

Bruce Rivers, Covenant House Toronto executive director who also slept out, 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 what participants describe as a life-changing experience,” Rivers says. “Spending a chilly and uncomfortable night outside helps to shine a light on the plight of homeless youth and raise the necessary 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.

Contact: Michael Sheiner
Associate Manager, Public Relations
(416) 204-7094

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