Nearly time for Great Soup Kitchen Sleep OverMonday, October 29, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
GREAT SOUP KITCHEN SLEEP OVER
Pledges wanted now; still time for individuals and teams to participate
It’s a BYOB event if you’re participating - that is, bring your own box. If you’re supporting, all it takes is a click of your mouse to a special website.
It’s The Great Soup Kitchen Sleep Over, a fundraiser that sees participants – individuals and teams - sleeping on the street in cardboard shelters supported by those who have pledged funds.
This is the third year for the event planned for (outside Soup Kitchen on James St) and the November 9 Great Soup Kitchen Sleep Over has some new aspects.
The first $25,000 raised will support the Soup Kitchen, originators the event.
Additional proceeds will then be directed to Vincent Place Shelter.
After that, the Soo North Rotary will direct additional funds to an international project.
Also new this year is a website where anyone can make a pledge online, search for a particular individual or team to support and enter the event as an individual or a team.
Rotarian Joe Ruscio, event participant representing the Comfort Suites and Quattro Conference Centre Team says “The website makes it very simple for participants to track their pledges and for donors to pledge financial support easily. The Rotarian, who raised $15,000 himself last year, hopes, “returning and new participants, event sponsors and the website will raises thousands of dollars more than last year.”
The Comfort Suites Team is offering up some incentives to entice friends and family to reach deep in support of this worthy cause.
Soup Kitchen coordinator Calna McGoldrick says, “This is an important fundraiser for us to help meet the needs of those who depend on us. For event participants it’s a ton of fun. When we started the Great Soup Kitchen Sleepover we had over 200 people with cardboard boxes, some decorated some plain. The Soup Kitchen will remain open throughout the night Friday November 9 and we’ll have live band performances, food and fun. At 7 a.m. breakfast will be served and awards will be presented.”
The event site will be monitored throughout the night by volunteers, parents of participants and the City Police.