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Sleighing Hunger Charity Concert Announces Largest Donation to Food Banks

The spirit of the holidays was on full display today at the Unemployed Help Centre where The S’Aints band, Caesars Windsor Cares, and St. Clair College announced the grand total of proceeds raised by the 2022 Sleighing Hunger charity concert. Thanks to incredible community response, The Windsor Essex Food Bank Association and Chatham Outreach for Hunger received $102,534 to share amongst 16 food banks in the region.

The fundraising concert has an incredible history in the community, with donated ticket sale proceeds, along with donations from Caesars Windsor Cares and St. Clair College to local charities, raising over $340,000 to help feed those in need since 2013. Now, with another successful year, even more families and individuals will be fed through these local organizations. The all ages Sleighing Hunger holiday show is scheduled for Friday, December 23 at 8pm in The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, and limited tickets are still available.

June Muir, CEO of UHC – Hub of Opportunities and President of WEFBA, said, “This year, the Association has already served over 166,000 individuals and has seen an 87% increase in the number of new food bank users, compared to last year. When individuals are experiencing hardship, they lean on their community for support. It is because of partnerships like this and their generosity, which we can ensure no one will go hungry this holiday 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 2021, they provided access to nearly 160,000 people in need locally. The food banks include UHC – Hub of Opportunities, Downtown Mission, Drouillard Place, Community Food Pantry Lakeshore, three Salvation Army locations, Welcome Centre Shelter for Women, Windsor Homes Coalition, and more.

Brenda LeClair, Executive Director, Chatham Outreach for Hunger said, “Chatham Outreach for Hunger wishes to thank everyone who helped to make this year’s Sleighing Hunger concert possible. As we have watched many struggle through the past two years, it has only been possible for us to meet the growing need with the support that we receive from these events. Outreach has had an increase of 47% this year over last year and the need will only continue. On behalf of the families we support and the staff and volunteers, I want to wish everyone the very best of the Christmas and holiday season. You have all made a difference.”

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 2021 they served over 5,400 households, providing nutritious meals for those in crisis.

Jeff Burrows, drummer for The S’Aints band, said, “It’s been a long two years, and there’s nothing we want more than to get in front of our community supporters, friends, and family to celebrate. Compounding that with the ongoing generosity of St. Clair College, the St. Clair Alumni Association, Caesars Windsor, and our patrons, the event couldn’t be more perfect. Hold on to your seats, the stars have aligned…The S’Aints are back, ready to kick off the holidays and support our local food banks!”

“For over a decade, The S’Aints Sleighing Hunger concert and CD release have fed the soul and the body,” said Patti France, President, St. Clair College. “The entertainment has brought joy to the community as a seasonal tradition, while the proceeds have assisted our local food banks in their hunger relief efforts. On both scores, St. Clair’s staff and students are pleased to maintain our sponsorship of the event in 2022.”

Mary Riley, Vice President of Marketing and Resort Operations, Caesars Windsor said, “Supporting our community where we live, work, and play is part of who we are. By working with St. Clair College, The S’Aints band, our employees, and concertgoers, we have been given the ability to create a lasting impact for those in need in our community. Year after year, it is heartwarming to see the ground swell of support for this amazing event.”

A huge thank you to this year’s media sponsor and community partner: AM800 Bell Media and Devonshire Mall.

This is a great way to give back to the community and celebrate the holidays. Don’t miss out on this family fun ALL AGES show with The S’Aints band! Tickets are only $30 Canadian + applicable taxes! Ticket purchases can be made through caesarswindsor.com or ticketmaster.ca. The Box Office is open on Show Days starting at Noon.

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