Christmas Dinner in January 2015
January 28, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY January 23, 2015

Extending the goodwill of Christmas for 400 Low-Income Calgarians

With the support of the Hyatt Regency and the Calgary Stampeders, CUPS prepares to feed over 400 low-income Calgarians at the Annual “Christmas Dinner In January” on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

What: Calgary, AB – January can be a bleak month for all of us, but it can be especially difficult for less fortunate Calgarians. Every January, CUPS teams up with the Calgary Stampeders and the Hyatt Regency Calgary to host Christmas Dinner in January, where people who do not have enough to eat, are treated to a gourmet feast, a visit from the Calgary Stampeders, and a few much needed items to take home.

The Christmas Dinner in January is not just a meal. It is our promise to those who are struggling in our city that they are not forgotten once the generosity of the holiday season has come to a close. It is a celebration of our commitment to the vulnerable and struggling Calgarians that we serve all year, every year, since 1989.

Dinner in January was founded by Shirley Hopkins, Judy McKearneyand a few friends as a way of continuing Christmas’ cheer and goodwill towards those less fortunate in our city. For over two decades, CUPS and its partners at the Hyatt Regency Calgary and the Calgary Stampeders have continued this tradition. Last year alone, over 400 low-income and homeless Calgarians were served with hot meals and presented with clothes, and basic support accessories.  This year, the estimated attendance will remain about 400 with prominent individuals from the local business community and members of the Calgary Stampeders volunteering their time to serve Calgary’s vulnerable.

Who:   Opportunities for media interviews with the following personalities will be available at 5:45pm.

Jabari Arthur                   – Calgary Stampeders’ Player Representative to CUPS

Randy Chevrier               – Calgary Stampeders’ Player Representative to CUPS

Bo Levi Mitchell              – Calgary Stampeders’ Player Representative to CUPS

Spencer Wilson              – Calgary Stampeders’ Player Representative to CUPS

Carlene Donnelly             – CUPS Executive Director

Quinn Clark                      – 11 year old founder of Quinn’s Challenge: Living On Less YYC

When:     Wednesday, January 28th 2015. Time:  5:00pm – 7:00pm

Where:    CUPS, 1001 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB, T2R 0B7

WHY: In October 2014, the Calgary Homeless Foundation reported that over 3,500 Calgarians were homeless on a given night. Of this number, 329 were children. The Calgary Homeless Foundation estimates that about a $100,000 is spent by Calgarians on one homeless person each year on emergency services, shelters and correctional facilities. To curb this issue, there is a need to proactively engage homeless people to find lasting solutions to the root cause of homeless. A proactive approach CUPS and its partners are embracing each year. Together, we can ensure that no child, family or individual is forgotten.

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Read the Stamps event article.

Watch the Stamps video.

 

 


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