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News Release – Countdown is on to Port Cares 20th Annual Dinner and Auction in support of poverty relief across South Niagara

Countdown is on to Port Cares 20th Annual Dinner and Auction in support of poverty relief across South Niagara

Port Colborne, ON (October 16, 2018) – The countdown is on with one month to go until the Port Cares 20th Annual Dinner and Auction, taking place on Friday, November 16th at the Italian Canadian Cultural Centre in Port Colborne. The auction will raise funds in support of poverty relief services provided through the agency’s Reach Out Food Centre and Food Bank.

“Fundraising and donations keep the food bank, crisis services, meal program and other vital services up and running at the Reach Out Food Centre. This is the twentieth year for the Port Cares Dinner and Auction, which is our major fundraising event for the year. Our goal is to raise $60,000 at the event through our silent auction, live auction, ticket sales and sponsorship,” says Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director of Port Cares.

“We’re busy right now calling on local businesses, artisans, corporations and community members for donations of items and services. The donations collected will be used for the silent and live auction. We are truly humbled by the support thus and we welcome and encourage any new or potential donors to contact the agency in person, by telephone or through social media” says Christine. Some of the Items currently on the roster for the silent and live auction include a Niagara River Lions jersey and basketball, tickets to a Buffalo Sabres games, hand-crafted Mennonite quilt, ladies fashion accessories, a weekend retreat at a Lake Erie Beach house and an artisan Muskoka chair and foot stool. “Truly there is something for everyone,” says Christine.

More than 100 tickets are available for sale at $80.00 per person, which includes a four-course meal catered at the Italian Canadian Cultural Centre and a $40 charitable donation receipt. This year’s theme is ‘An Evening in Paris’. Since 2014, the Port Cares Dinner and Auction has raised more than $230,000 to help run the Reach Out Food Centre

Event Sponsors: Boggio Family of Pharmacies, Rankin Construction Inc., Bosch Rexroth Canada, Stolk Construction LTD, Blackadder Leon Marion and Fazari LLP, Kate Ostryhon-Lumsden and Nicki Lumsden from Re/Max Welland Realty, Meridian Credit Union, Port Colborne Quarries Inc., The Vision Clinic, Whites’ Insurance Brokers, Country 89, Giant FM 91.7, Gotcha Covered, Niagara This Week, and The Music Depot.

2017 Gala Dinner and Auction at Port Cares

The 2017 Dinner Gala and Auction was a success with close to 300 guests who had a marvellous time at the Hollywood inspired event.  Over $50,000 was raised to assist with vital programming at Port Cares.

Many thanks to the sponsors, donors, guests, staff and volunteers who made this event possible.




The first annual Port Cares Trivia Night was a great hit with 94 players all hoping to win the bragging rights as top team.

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Thanks to the many generous guests we raised $2640 for the food bank. Gratitude goes out to Anne Turner and Rob Leveille for their incredible support as Trivia Hosts. I also wish to thank the Legion for donating the space, Super Mario’s for donating the pizza, Janet Bruce for the cupcakes and Val Capaldi for all of her hard work. See you all next year and if you have any questions regarding any Port Cares events please contact Karin DiBiase, Supervisor of Fundraising for Port Cares at

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Hoedown a success for the Reach Out Centre & Food Bank!

Thank you to Cathy and Larry Boggio for yet another outstanding event in support of the each Out Food Centre & Food Bank. This year the theme was Hoedown and over 130 guests joined in the fun and together they raised a whopping $15,000 for the Food Bank. The huge barn was donated by Henderson Farms & guests filled their boots with a fantastic BBQ thanks to Tendercuts; corn from Sobeys and beverages courtesy of Larry Boggio and Young’s Catering. Guests enjoyed a beautiful evening filled with music and fun….all for a good cause. Thank you Cathy and Larry Boggio for your amazing support and to everyone involved in making this event possible.


Easter Food Drive yields 900 pounds of food and $4594 for the Reach Out Centre

On April 15th local Port Colborne Fire Fighters and Emergency personnel teamed up with Sobeys owners Grant Jennings and his wife Carrie Lasovich to hold their 2nd annual Easter Food Drive. The event was a huge success despite the rain. Fire Fighters and Emergency Personnel led by Fire Chief Tom Cartwright; Deputy Fire Chief Mike Bendia and Fire Prevention Officer Scott Lawson held a BBQ and boot drive. Combined with the efforts of Sobeys staff they raised $4594,and close to 900 lbs of food thanks to the many generous donors. Entertainment for all ages was provided by a visit from the Easter Bunny, and Jack and Morgan Mitchell from Music and Performance Niagara.

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We are fortunate because of the care and compassion and giving spirit of our citizens. Thanks to this Easter Food Drive Port Cares and the Reach Out Centre will now have more food available to distribute to those in need. The generosity of local residents, organizations and businesses who continue to donate to those less fortunate in our community is heartwarming and very much appreciated.

A huge thank you to everyone at Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services, Sobeys and to all of the generous donors who made this event possible.

Got your SoupFest tickets yet? Join us April 6th and help stop hunger in our Community.

Did you know that on average so far in 2017 we have distributed 44,920 pounds of food  in the first 2 months alone? Or that on average we see 156 kids under the age of 18 at our food bank each month? Or that we provide close to 1000 meals every month to those in need in our community? Want to help out?

You can help us by coming out to SoupFest  on April 6 th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Italian Hall  at 223 Bell Street in Port Colborne. Tickets are $15.00 for all the soup you can eat plus cookies and coffee, great music and prizes.

Meet the teams who are making this event possible and come on out and give them your support!

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Port Colborne High School Culinary Program with Julie Wiersma

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Lakeshore Catholic Culinary Students with Chef Joe Fabiano

Niagara College

Niagara College Culinary Students with Chef David Gibson



Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre Team


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Port Colborne High School Band with Derrick Stickney

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors!

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Why do we do SoupFest? Read how your donations helped this family.

Every year the community comes together and shares a meal at SoupFest in April to raise funds for our Reach Out Food Centre and Food Bank. Here is why we do it and how you have helped a family in need.

Success Story:

“I am a disabled single father with 2 school age children living in rural f Wainfleet with transportation issues,fixed household income and limited resources. It is an ongoing struggle to afford to cover expenses and meet the needs of my 8 year old son and 9 year old daughter. School lunches come at a great cost but thankfully because the Port Cares Reach Out Centre offers me regular access to the food bank, lunch program for my kids and community meals my family does not have to go with our meeting their basic needs. Through the Trusteeship program I am receiving help managing my fiances and covering my bases so that I have some piece of mind knowing that I do not have to go it alone; it is like a safety net, I know that some one else is looking out for me that way.”

” I would not want to imagine how difficult life would be without the Reach Out Centre and the wonderful helpful people who go out of their way to help me and my family. I know that when I don’t know where to start with something that comes up ,I can go there and get help. “

( name withheld to protect the privacy of the father and his family)



What does Hunger look like in our Community? Please support SoupFest on April 6

Hunger exists even in our community right here, right now………….

At Port Cares we provide families and individuals with a hot meal when they need it, three times a week and support them through our food bank. We also provide school lunches so local children do not have to go to school hungry.  All of this is done through the generosity of local individuals, and businesses who donate money, food and time to our Reach Out Centre at 61 Nickel Street in Port Colborne.

Did you know that NO Food Bank in Canada receives any kind of government funding? Everything we do is made possible by donors like you and we thank you for your tremendous support.

Did you know that on average we see 200 kids under the age of 18 at our food bank each month? Or that we provide close to 1000 meals every month to those in need in our community? Want to help out?

You can help us by coming out to SoupFest  on April 6 th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Italian Hall  at 223 Bell Street in Port Colborne. NC sudent

Students from the Culinary Programs at Port Colborne High School, Lakeshore Catholic High School, Niagara College, and a volunteer team from our own Soup Kitchen at the Reach Out Centre will be cooking up delicious soups for you to enjoy!

The Port Colborne High School band will also be performing, and there will be lots of food, door prizes celebrity guests, and a 50/50 draw for your entertainment. All for the price of a $15.00 ticket.

So don’t bring lunch that day and come on out and support their efforts instead, as they are all working hard to help us raise funds to help the most vulnerable members in our community. Thank you for your support!


Soupfest 2017 media KD with sponsors

Pancake Brunch on Feb. 7th a success thanks to our generous community.

Thank you to our generous donors, guests, volunteers and staff for their support of our 5th annual Pancake Brunch. Over 233 meals were served, which is 100 more than the last year. Over $2000 was raised and these funds will go towards housing initiatives and client services at Port Cares. A portion of the sales of the toques will also go the the national “Raising the Roof ” campaign to raise awareness and find solutions to homelessness nationwide.

Thank you again to everyone involved in making this event possible. Because of your kindness we can continue to seek solutions and offer assistance to the 100 individuals in our community that are facing homelessness every year. If you know some one who is in need, please contact our housing coordinator David Anderson for assistance at our 92 Charlotte Street location. 905-834-3629.

Volunteers raise the roof with pancake brunch

Pancake Brunch serves up a feast for guests.

On Tuesday Feb.7th over 220 people gathered to support the 5th Annual Pancake Brunch at the Port Cares Reach Out Centre to raise awareness and funds to combat homelessness in our community. Guests and volunteers sported the classic “Raising the Roof” toques in support of “Toque Tuesday”, for the national “Raising the Roof”campaign. We would like to thank our generous media sponsors Giant FM, Country 89 and Niagara This Week as well as Tender Cuts for supplying the sausages, the pancake batter was from ADM Milling and other supplies were courtesy of E.D. Smith, the Lakeshore Catholic High School Rowing team,Port Colborne High School, Sobeys and Tim Hortons.
Thank you to all of our guests who enjoyed the delicious meal and the hardworking volunteers and staff without whom this event would not be possible. We would especially like to thank Mayor John Maloney, Mayor April Jeffs, Radio personalities Chuck Lafleur, Brian Salmon, Chrishon and Rob, as well as Shaun Slat from Tender Cuts and Board member Cathy Boggio and ex-Board member Florence MacDonald for serving up the delicious food prepared by our staff and volunteers.


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