Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fabulous turnout for 4th Empty Bowls

There was a fabulous turnout for today's Empty Bowls event run by Milton Transitional Housing (MTH) in the MinMaxx Hall of Milton Centre for the Arts. The bowls were stunning and the soups delicious.

New MTH Executive Director, Donna Danielli, expressed her gratitude to the volunteers, sponsor but mostly to the those of the members of the community who came out to support this important fourth Empty Bowls annual event. Important, because with the original Ontario Trillium Foundation funding having come to an end the organisation is ever more reliant of the Empty Bowls or other fundraising events like Coldest Night of the Year to enable MTH to meet its commitment to clients in need and achieve its objectives.

We were pleased to see Ted Chudleigh, Indira Naidoo-Harris and other local politicians and councilors again supporting this event helping our own community. There were several members of the media present, including the Milton Villager and Milton Champion so look out for coverage over the coming weeks.

It was announced that last month's Coldest Night of the Year event raised $43,000 which will result in income to MTH of around $33,000. I will share the outcome of this Empty Bowls event as soon as possible. The MTH Board will soon be preparing their next grant submission to help MTH continue to grow. The organisation has expanded its horizons with the intent to 3 more units through 2014 and gradually increase to 13 units in the next 5 years. This is amazing given where we were in 2008.

For those of us who have been there from the start and the 1st Empty Bowls is a truly thrilling to see how the event has grown and the organisation prospered to become and establish part of the Milton community landscape. The first client is graduating from the prgram meaning we will soon be able to help a new client or family.

There are so many sponsors and volunteers to thank as well as the cooperation of the Milton Centre for the Arts staff. The Event Sponsor was Prosperity One, Empty Bowls Host Sponsor and our Platinum Sponsor is MinMaxx. Simply Creative again donated the bowls which had been hand decorated by volunteers. We thank our Silver sponsor U-Need Storage, Ads at Work Media Sponsor and all the other local businesses who donated soup or food. See the Milton Transitional Housing website or Facebook page.

Empty Bowls today

Come down to the MinMaxx Hall at the Milton Centre for the Arts, 110 Main Street for today's Milton Transitional Housing Empty Bowls fundraiser. See you there. Lunch starts at 11.30 until 2pm. Take home a beautiful hand-painted bowl and help those at risk of homelessness in our community.

I encourage you to post a link to your Facebook or Twitter account.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Come fill your Empty Bowl tomorrow in Milton

Join me for lunch tomorrow at Milton Centre for the Arts. It will be served in your own beautiful hand decorated bowl. There are lots of fabulous soups from which to choose.The proceeds from this charity fundraising activity will go to support those at risk of homelessness through Milton Transitional Housing (MTH)

There are some great soup recipes provided on the MTH Facebook page here.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow. Food will be served from 11.30am. Tickets are still available. Click here for information or tickets.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sunday lunch in Milton - March 30th

As a strong supporter of Milton Transitional Housing the annual EMPTY BOWLS Soup Lunch is on Sunday, March 30. The lunch will be held in MinMaxx Hall in the Milton Centre for the Arts (1010 Main St.) from 11:30am until 2:00pm, so it's a perfect solution for where to go for Sunday lunch.

We hope that you will be interested in coming out to sample the gourmet soups prepared and donated by local restaurants and caterers. Tickets are $50 each (children 12-and-under are free with an ticketed adult) and include all the soup you can eat and you also get to keep the hand-painted ceramic bowl that you choose for your lunch. A charitable receipt for $25 will be mailed to you next February if you fill out the back of your ticket.

If you would like to buy tickets go to our MTH website and buy your ticket online using your debit or credit card. Click here

I'm looking forward to seeing you at EMPTY BOWLS on March 30. It's always a good time and we get a nice chance to see everyone and chat about what's going on in and around Milton as we enjoy our lunch.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Fabulous 1st Coldest Night of the Year walk

This wonderful video below speaks to the tremendous turn-out, awareness and support for those at risk of homelessness in Milton and similar communities across Canada.

Click here for the YouTube link to Milton Villager Milton's "Coldest Night of the Year".

This first Coldest Night of The Year walk event for Milton transitional Housing has raised in the region of $40,000. My understanding is that Milton Transitional Housing retain 70% of the first $25,000 raised and more for funds raised beyond $25,000.

You can access the great photo album on the Milton Transitional Housing Facebook page by clicking here

Don't forget MTH next fundraising event which is the 4th annual Annual Empty Bowls on Sunday March 30th. More details can be found on the MTH website, where you can make donations. We encourage the residents of Milton to turn out and support.