Toronto professionals raise over $475,000 for homeless youth

Sleeping out in support of homeless kids at Covenant House (l to r): John Friedrichsen and Lynda Cralli from Colliers International Group; David Armstrong, event committee chair from Onex; and Andreas Antoniou of Assembly Chef's Hall.

TORONTO, ON, Apr. 6, 2018 – One hundred professionals spent a cold, damp night outside to raise more than $475,000 for youth at Covenant House Toronto.

Equipped with sleeping bags and cardboard, participants in the Covenant House Sleep Out: Champions Edition, got a small glimpse into the hardships youth can face on the street.

The Colliers International team was the top fundraising team at more than $105,000.

John Friedrichsen, CFO of Colliers International Group, won this year’s individual top fundraiser trophy by raising $30,000.

"It is tremendously gratifying to see so many individuals and corporate teams getting behind homeless youth and our agency. This kind of support is critical to our ability to provide the support and services our youth need to build better futures,” says Bruce Rivers, Covenant House executive director. “While last night was uncomfortable for the participants, it was only a small glimpse into the hardship homeless kids can face on the street.”

Sleep Out: Champions Edition builds on the agency’s hugely successful Sleep Out: Executive Edition and Sleep Out: Women Unite, which launched in 2017. These events have raised more than $6 million over the past six years.

Covenant House Toronto is Canada’s largest agency serving at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth – as many as 250 youth daily. The agency provides 24/7 crisis shelter, transitional housing and comprehensive services, including education, counselling, health care, employment assistance, job training and after-care.

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

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