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


NC Event Management students get real-world event planning and execution experience while contributing to a brighter tomorrow for the region's residents.

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 and 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 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 the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport. “The accomplishments that Niagara College and Many Hands has achieved has been many, affecting the lives of countless in Niagara and the contributions not only last in the community but with the students involved who take the experience with them once they enter the field.”

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.

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