Student-driven fundraisers build on two decades of Niagara College’s community philanthropy

Many hands are at work to make a difference as NC Event Management students organize a series of fundraisers to support those in need at the College and in the Niagara community.

The flagship event for this semester is Soups, Stews & Brews, a food and drink marketplace that is scheduled for March 23 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Market Square in St. Catharines. All proceeds from the fundraiser go directly towards Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold, the 2018 recipient of the college’s Many Hands Project.  

In addition, the event management students have been planning two additional fundraisers taking place in April to help the Niagara College Student Administrative Council’s (NCSAC) Nourishing Minds program, a food bank program for students who struggle with food insecurity:

Sip and Stretch – an evening session of yoga with complimentary beverages and appetizers.
Rockway Vineyards, St. Catharines
April 4, 6 to 9 p.m.

Spring to the Market – a hands-on marketplace featuring food, fashion and cosmetic vendors as well as DIY workshops.
Club Italia, Niagara Falls
April 8, 1 to 4 p.m.

Starting with no budget, the students build all aspects of their campaign from the ground up, from venue selection, sponsorship, fundraising, social media, marketing and execution.

“I am extremely proud of the students and their commitment to the Niagara community,” said Vivian Kinnaird, Dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment. “The Event Management students exemplify the learning in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport, which enables students to have hands on experiences that equip them for their future careers.  The work of the  Many Hands project has affected many people and organizations in Niagara and the work of the students has a lasting effect on  the community and  amongst the students involved”.

The School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport has a longstanding record of community involvement, either through the event management program or Many Hands.

Launched in 1998, the Many Hands Project has made a lasting impact on the Niagara region through the creative efforts of NC students and faculty to bring the community together in support of non-profit organizations.

In the past five years alone, Many Hands has raised over $150,000 for local non-profit agencies and students have given 42,000 hours volunteer placement work to the community through the program.

For more information on these events, visit http://manyhandsevents.wixsite.com/mhpevents/2018-events.

 

Community Care, St. Catharines & Thorold has been meeting the needs of the less advantaged in our community since 1919. The fundamental principles on which the agency was founded have not changed. Programs range from food and shelter security to emergency services and support that lead to the independence clients strive to achieve.

Event Management is a one-year Graduate Certificate program at Niagara College that prepares graduates for a career in a fast-paced and multi-faceted industry. Students develop skills in planning and logistics, public relations, marketing and sponsorship strategies, and volunteer and risk management in a highly experiential learning environment.

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

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