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3RD Annual Lucky Ball Helps Event Close In On $100,000 In Funds Raised For FYFB
The 3rd annual Lucky Ball fundraiser for FYFB generated more than $30,000 for the charity, all of which will go directly to programs served by this important charity and the individuals and families it serves. The annual kickoff to St. Patrick's Day weekend in downtown west Toronto has now raised almost $100,000 in its first three years.
"The Lucky Ball continues to be FYFB's most important fundraising event of the year, and it is due to the continuing support of the local community, along with the generosity of our sponsors, silent auction donors, and of course our organizing committee and volunteers," said an appreciative Scott Shallow, chair of the Lucky Ball organizing committee and an FYFB Director.
"This event continues to result in increased connections between local businesses, residents and FYFB, which helps tie together the ever evolving downtown Toronto community," said Chris Murphy, Chairman of FYFB's volunteer board of directors and a member of the Lucky Ball organizing committee."
For context on how important the continued support means, the Lucky Ball contributes more than 20% of the FYFB's annual cash operating budget. Consistent with FYFB's tradition of focusing on efficiency, all proceeds raised for Lucky Ball go to support FYFB's charitable programs, thanks to the generous donations of sponsors who cover the costs to hold Lucky Ball.
FYFB serves over 1,200 clients every month, approximately 40% of whom are recent immigrants or refugees and 15% are children. The typical client survives on $3 per day after housing costs and spends 82% of their income on basic necessities. FYFB provides vital services that can help prevent homelessness within this vulnerable population, by feeding the hungry through the provision of groceries and hot meals and helping people get on track by offering a variety of supportive services in a safe environment so they can find jobs, safe housing, and appropriate social/community programs.
Being a local organization, FYFB staff and volunteers take the time to speak with clients that come through the door, as each client contact is an opportunity to establish trust and identify core needs beyond the immediacy of food.
FYFB is a grassroots non-denominational charitable organization that directly assists families and individuals in need who live in downtown Toronto. It is volunteer-driven, with only one paid staff member and is one of the largest food banks serving Toronto. We receive no government funding and rely on the continued support of volunteers and important contributing members to our community such as yourself.
We appreciate your support this year and hope we can count on your future support to contribute to many more successful and fun Lucky Balls.
The Lucky Ball wishes to thank the following sponsors and supporters:
Last but certainly not least, FYFB wishes to express immense gratitude to the volunteer organizing committee for spending countless hours to ensure The Lucky Ball's growth and success.
$17G Raised Through TTC Blitz
An enthusiastic group of dedicated volunteers and staff from Bay Street law firms collected roughly $17,000 for Fort York Food Bank at the 7th annual TTC Subway Blitz event in the spring.
The event saw articling students from 12 high-profile law firms canvassing for (spare) change at TTC subway stations along the Yonge-University line during the morning rush-hour commute, and topping up donations with the help of staff at their firms.
"The TTC blitz and accompanying 'Bay Street Challenge' has become an annual tradition for downtown law firms and FYFB, and is now the second largest individual source of funding behind our Lucky Ball," said FYFB Board Member Trevor Guy. "On behalf of FYFB and its clients, I want to extend a warm 'thank-you' to the generous donors who dipped into their pockets to help a good cause and all of the law firms that continue to step up and meet the 'Challenge'. I'd also like to acknowledge the efforts of the lead organizer, Ryan Dzierniejko. Ryan's hard work and dedication was the key to this year's success."
This year, the volunteers from McCarthy Tétrault LLP raised the most money of any participating law firm, contributing more than $4,000.
Participating law firms this year included:
Appreciation to businesses supporting FYFB and the local community
FYFB wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to local businesses and community members who provided it with significant donations of time, hard work and money.
FYFB was honoured to receive a US$10,000 from the UPS Foundation. FYFB was selected from a group of charities both for the significant local impact the donation would make and to recognize the existing relationship FYFB has had with UPS employees over the years. For several years, UPS has been partnering with FYFB to provide donations from Meal Exchange's 'Trick or Eat' food drive. Nelson Baquero and Neil Adcock, who coordinated these efforts as well as other volunteer events with FYFB, drove the nomination for FYFB to apply for the grant from the UPS Foundation.
FYFB was also pleased that Liberty Tax Service, whose Yonge St office is in the community served by FYFB, donated $1,300. The business generously provided $10 for every tax return its office filed one day during tax season.
FYFB also wishes to thank the staff of Bain & Co. and SAS for their staff's support volunteering at FYFB. Corporate volunteer events are an important source of volunteer time for FYFB and it improves our agency's connection to our local community.
As a small, grass-roots organization we are dependent on partnerships with organizations like these for our survival.
The Wedding Trend Continues
A new and appreciated trend is emerging at FYFB, as multiple wedding parties have prepared for the big day by spending some time volunteering at FYFB.
FYFB recently hosted 20 wedding party guests and the future bride and groom for a morning helping with food handling activities and having a great time. In a similar vein, 20 bridal party guests decided to hold a volunteer party helping out at FYFB.
FYFB is more than happy to host such group events honouring birthdays, weddings or organizational community days. If you are interested, please contact Margaret@fyfb.com.
FYFB @ Dundas West Fest
FYFB volunteers and board members raised close to $1,000, and the attention of the charity's local neighbourhood, at the recent Dundas West Fest, the local BIA's summer street festival in FYFB's neighbourhood.
In an effort to increase awareness of FYFB and do a little fundraising in the sun, an enthusiastic team handed out water, lollipops (they get people to stop!) and talked to festival-goers about FYFB and the important work it does in the community. The funds and awareness raised represented a great achievement for the first year. Based on the success of this event, we anticipate FYFB being represented at more local festivals going forward. A special thanks to lead organizer David Pilchuk and to Andrew Colebeck for his help.
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