21st Annual Port Cares Dinner and Auction is a chance for community
members to support something bigger than a one-day event. Together, our efforts
will help those in our community with social and economic needs improve their
quality of life.
effect of poverty and low income on local families remains persistent in our
community. We continue to see more and more families come to the Reach Out
Centre food bank who once they pay their rent and utilities have little left
for food for their children. We rely solely on fundraising and donations to run
the food bank, crisis services, meal program and other vital services up and
running at the Reach Out Centre which assists approximately 1,300 local
residents – a third of which are children. The Annual Port Cares Dinner and
Auction is our major fundraising event for the year and every penny raised goes
directly to support the Reach Out Centre. Our goal is to raise $57,000 at the
event through our silent auction, live auction, ticket sales and sponsorship,”
says Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director of Port Cares.
asking local businesses, artisans, corporations and community members if they
can do so to provide a donations of items and or services for the silent and
live auction. All proceeds from the silent and live auction will help keep the
doors of the Reach Out Centre open for local families in need. We are truly
humbled by the support and we welcome
any new or potential donors to contact Port Cares in person, by telephone or
through social media” says Christine.
WHAT:Port Cares 21st Annual Dinner and Auction to support
children, families and individuals in your community who rely on the Port Cares
Reach Out Centre food bank, meal program and poverty relief services
WHERE: Italian Canadian Cultural Centre (223 Bell
Street, Port Colborne)
WHEN: Thursday, November 21st. Reception at
6:00PM, Dinner served at 7:30PM
The event expects
to host 300 members of the community
Tickets are $80 and can be purchased at Port Cares (92 Charlotte St.) or
by phone (905-834-3629 x 245)
Tickets include a three-course meal and a $40 charitable donation
This year’s theme is Are you a
little bit country, or a little bit rock n’ roll?
Items up for auction include: Meridian Centre Suite (with beverages) for
an Ice Dogs game, One-week rental in Nelson British Columbia, Home Décor,
Sports Tickets, Weekend Cottage Rental on Lake Erie
In 2018, the Reach Out Centre food bank distributed 172,148 pounds of
food to those in need
7, 753 plates were served through our kitchen in 2018
We were able to distribute 1,648 school lunch kits (8,240 lunches)
between September 2018-June 2019
more information about Port Cares or the Dinner and Auction, please call Shelby
at 905-834-3629 x 245.
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.
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.
The Winning team was Low Expectations!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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!
Port Colborne High School Culinary Program with Julie Wiersma
Lakeshore Catholic Culinary Students with Chef Joe Fabiano
Niagara College Culinary Students with Chef David Gibson
Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre Team
Port Colborne High School Band with Derrick Stickney
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.
“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)
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.
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!
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.