Fokkens attempts to stomp way to wine fest two-peat
St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik is once again challenging his counterparts to get their feet purple and support local charities.
The 44th annual Mayors’ Invitational Grape Stomp this Saturday at noon in Montebello Park, St. Catharines will see participating mayors and councillors stomping grapes in an attempt to make the most grape juice.
But they’re also vying to collect the most nonperishable food items for their communities’ charities.
Last year’s “stomp out poverty” initiative during the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival raised more than 1,665 kilograms of non-perishable food items as well as cash donations.
Sendzik had the fastest feet in 2016 while Welland city Coun. Bonnie Fokkens collected the most donations.
They are both competing again this year with Niagara-on-the-Lake Lord Mayor Pat Darte, Wainfleet Mayor April Jeffs and Thorold city Coun. Sergio Paone.
Residentscansupporttheirfavouritestomper by dropping off donations this week at city and town halls and other locations listed.
Sendzik: Supporting Community Care St. Catharines
- Cityhall8:30a.m.to4:30p.m.orCommunity Care of St. Catharines on North Street 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Darte: Supporting Newark Neighbours - Niagara-on-the-Lake town hall 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jeffs: Supporting Volunteer Firefighters’ Christmas Basket program
-Wainfleet town hall 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Meridian Credit Union on Highway 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fokkens: Supporting Open Arms Mission - Welland city hall 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., King Street Fire Hall or Open Arms Mission
Paone: Supporting Community Care Thorold
-Thorold city hall 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Community Care Thorold 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.