The S’Aints band comprised of local celebrity musicians held a press conference and sneak peek performance today (Nov. 5) at Cosmos Lounge to announce the 2018 Sleighing Hunger food bank beneficiaries. The fundraising concert, on Friday, December 21 at 8 pm at The Colosseum, will benefit 16 local food banks in partnership with Windsor-Essex Food Bank Association (WEFBA) and Chatham Outreach for Hunger (COH). This is the largest number of organizations to be assisted by the charity concert since it came to The Colosseum stage in 2013.
“The Windsor Essex Food Bank Association relies on the generosity of the community in order to raise food and funds for those in need in the local area,” said June Muir, Executive Director of the Unemployed Help Centre. “It’s so wonderful to know that all the proceeds raised from The S’Aints Sleighing Hunger concert will stay local and help our food banks continue to feed our most vulnerable friends and neighbours during the Christmas season and beyond.”
The WEFBA is a community based not for profit organization comprised of 15 local food banks. Collectively they enhance their ability to reach thousands of individuals and families in Windsor and Essex County who need emergency food supplies. Thanks to the association, in 2018 they provided access to nearly 128,000 people in need locally. The food banks include Downtown Mission, Drouillard Place, Community Food Pantry Lakeshore, three Salvation Army locations, Unemployed Help Centre, The Well-Come Centre, Windsor Homes Coalition and more.
Chatham Outreach for Hunger (COH) is a non-profit charitable organization servicing the Chatham-Kent region. Supported entirely through the generosity of the community, in 2017 they served over 3,800 households and 326 families, providing nutritious meals for those in crisis.
“We are grateful to all involved for making this happen,” added Brenda LeClair, Executive Director of COH. “Your support is feeding families and together we are making a difference.”
This is the 5th year The S’Aints, St. Clair College and Caesars Windsor have partnered to raise funds through the holiday concert. With 100% of the ticket sales proceeds going back to the community, they have successfully raised nearly $200,000 to feed those in need since 2013.
“This is truly the one big show everyone in the band looks forward to throughout the entire year,” noted Jeff Burrows, band member and drummer for The S’Aints. “The opportunity to perform on such a grand stage, while raising funds for our local food banks is truly a special opportunity and an honour. We have a few surprises up our sleeves this year and cannot wait to put everyone in the holiday giving spirit.”
Patti France, St. Clair College President, said, “The S’Aints show has become one of this area’s most popular holiday traditions, providing essential funding to local food banks, and spurring awareness of the year-round dilemma of hunger in our midst. St. Clair’s students and staff are always pleased to be engaged with our community – and never more so than in the case of this cause.”
Speak peek performances at Devonshire Mall and The Windsor Star Café will be scheduled.
Tickets for the show are $25 and available at the box office, Ticketmaster, St. Clair College campuses and Devonshire Mall Guest Services.