Winter Warm Up


Thursday, February 20, 2020 11:30-2:00 Shelldale Gym

Plan now to bring your friends to this wonderful event!

Amazing food, prizes, and entertainment!

The Winter Warm-Up event at Shelldale Family Gateway is much more than a place for community members to connect over a warm meal — it’s a pivotal fundraiser for the non-profit organization. Each year, the money brought in at the event allows youth programs organized by Shelldale Family Gateway to continue to run. The organization needs to raise more than $200,000 each year to keep these youth programs running.

Members from city organizations and the Board generally help serve up food to the community. The event raises about $10,000 and serves food to over 300 people, including takeout orders, and those who stay for the food and entertainment, draws, and silent auction.

The fundraiser is based on food because many families in the Onward Willow community are living with food shortages. The neighbourhood has the highest number of new immigrants and the highest level of people living in poverty in the city, she added.

Shelldale Family Gateway has always been about supporting the whole family, and, while government funding helps cover costs of programs targeting children six and under, it doesn’t provide support for programs for youth. For these types of programs the demand is increasing and has never gone down. Each year it’s a challenge to find enough money to keep youth programs going. These include after-school programs, youth cooking classes, teen leadership and recreational programs, March break and summer camps, and many others.

Interested restaurant 'food donors' and corporate 'event sponsors' are invited to contact Ali Hoang at Shelldale Family Gateway. It's a great way to promote your business!