Up-and-coming business leaders raise $200,000 plus 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; Alan Hollingsworth, HUB International partner and practice team leader; David Armstrong, director, Onex Partners; and Kevin Ryan, Covenant House International president, at Covenant House’s Sleep Out: Next Generation.

TORONTO, ON, April 9, 2015 – Some 60 up-and-coming business and community leaders spent the night sleeping outside to raise awareness of youth homelessness and more than $200,000 for kids at Covenant House.

Participants in the 2nd annual Covenant House Sleep Out: Next Generation, equipped with only sleeping bags and pieces of cardboard in wet, single-digit weather, got a small glimpse of the hardships youth can face on the street.

The four-member Onex Corporation team of directors and associate directors were the top fundraisers at more than $40,000.

“It is tremendously gratifying to see how our next generation of leaders is engaging with this event to support our youth and our agency,” says Bruce Rivers, Covenant House executive director. “This support is helping us to build a movement for our cause and give homeless youth the chance for better futures.”

The money raised enables the agency to provide 94 youth with over two weeks in our crisis shelter and the chance to turn their lives around. The low-cost experiential event sees 94 percent of proceeds going directly to help kids at Covenant House.

Together with the agency’s hugely successful Executive Sleep Outs, about $2.5-million has been raised since 2012.

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

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