Old St. Nick delivered $50,000 worth of cheer today to five local food banks thanks to the annual Sleighing Hunger fundraising concert on December 22 at The Colosseum. Through a partnership with the S’Aints band, St. Clair College and Caesars Windsor Cares, the donation will be evenly split between The Unemployed Help Centre, The Goodfellows, Outreach for Hunger in Chatham, Welcome Shelter for Women and the Windsor Homes Coalition.
Tim Trombley, Director of Entertainment, Caesars Windsor said, “We are proud to host this incredible fundraising concert year after year and make a donation that we know will make a significant impact to those in need in our community.”
The annual holiday concert featuring the local S’Aints band will take the stage tonight December 22 at 8 pm and tickets are still available. The band is a philanthropic passion project featuring local and world-renowned talents Jody Raffoul and Tea Party drummer, Jeff Burrows along with Wes Buckley, Kelly “Mr. Chill” Hoppe, David Cyrenne, Kelly Authier, Marty Bak, Liz Robinson and Stephanie Baker.
Ron Seguin, Vice President of International Relations, Training and Campus Development at St. Clair College, said, “This year, St. Clair College is celebrating its 50th anniversary with 50 Acts from the Heart, celebrating community work completed by students and staff. The Sleighing Hunger performance marks our final 50th act of 2017 and we are pleased to wrap up our yearlong celebration by helping our local non-profits and families dealing with hunger.”
The donation is a combination of CD sales, a $25,000 contribution from Caesars Windsor Cares and ticket sales. “We are overwhelmed by the generous support we have received from our community,” said Jeff Burrows, S’Aints drummer.
“The Unemployed Help Centre is thrilled to be a recipient of the concert again this year,” said June Muir, CEO, Unemployed Help Centre. “The holiday season is a very busy time for our Food Bank as it accounts for nearly 50% of our annual campaign. Funds raised during the holiday season ensure our shelves are stocked throughout the year.”
The past three Sleighing Hunger shows have raised over $135,000 for local non-profits and foodbanks. The show is a great holiday tradition for the entire family; audiences will hear their favourite holiday songs, with an edgy twist including “Last Christmas”, “Run Run Rudolph”, and “Gymnopedie”. Arrive early and participate in holiday family-friendly crafts or enjoy pre-show Bites On-the-Go before the show.
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Photos by April Savoie