The Niagara Falls Review

Sleep Cheap busts through $1-million mark

Local charities receive 100% of the money

- TONY RICCIUTO

They made it! The annual Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap event raised $175,988 this year, which pushes its eight- year total over the $1-million mark.

Mayor Jim Diodati said that when organizers started this event,

This is one of the benefits we have of living in a tourist town for all the locals.”

Mayor Jim Diodati

they had no idea “it would just grow wings and take off like this. We are very proud of the fact that 100% of the money goes directly to local niagara charities.”

The event added a fifth night this year on Nov. 13, and organizers were confident they would break the $1-million mark before it wrapped up on Nov. 17.

Twenty-seven hotels offered a record 7,800 room nights to Niagara region residents as a way of letting them know what’s available and hopefully spreading the word when family and friends visit the area.

“This is one of the benefits we have of living in a tourist town for all the locals,” said Diodati.

A portion of the funds are provided to the Niagara Community Foundation, where the money is put into income- earning endowment funds that benefit local charities. The remainder is directed to charities selected by the 2011 Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap Committee through an applicatio­n process and an option for individual hotels to direct funds.

Diodati said the way it has been set up through their bylaws, no one group or organizati­on can receive this funding two years in a row.

“We don’t want this to become a regular, yearly line item for any group. We want this to be a bonus and if it’s more of a grassroots organizati­on they even have a better chance of us supporting them.”

Dale Morton, city hall’s representa­tive for the event, said the $175,988 raised this year is the second highest raised in Sleep Cheap history. Over the eight year history, 43 different charities have been assisted and some have received funding more than once.

The mayor said he was happy they were able to get this money out before Christmas because it will help those charities to have more of amerry Christmas.

He said this is a win-win situation for everybody, the charities, residents and the hotels.

 ??  ?? This year the recipient charities are as follows: Brain Injury Associatio­n of Niagara, $5,000; Daval Hospice, $13,333; Hannah House Maternity Home, $6,000; Hope Furniture Bank, $10,000; For the Needy — Not the Greedy, $10,000; Niagara Falls Big Brothers Big Sisters, $10,000; Niagara Community Foundation, $76,740; Niagara Falls Community Outreach, $608; Project Share, $10,000; Red Roof Retreat, $612; Salvation Army, $5,000; Walker Family Cancer Centre, $13,695; Women’s Addiction Recovery Mediation (WARM) $5,000; and the YWCA of Niagara Region, $10,000.
This year the recipient charities are as follows: Brain Injury Associatio­n of Niagara, $5,000; Daval Hospice, $13,333; Hannah House Maternity Home, $6,000; Hope Furniture Bank, $10,000; For the Needy — Not the Greedy, $10,000; Niagara Falls Big Brothers Big Sisters, $10,000; Niagara Community Foundation, $76,740; Niagara Falls Community Outreach, $608; Project Share, $10,000; Red Roof Retreat, $612; Salvation Army, $5,000; Walker Family Cancer Centre, $13,695; Women’s Addiction Recovery Mediation (WARM) $5,000; and the YWCA of Niagara Region, $10,000.
 ?? Special to Niagara Falls Review ?? Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, left, and Dino Dicienzo Jr. of Canadian Niagara Hotels announced Thursday that Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap exceeded the $1-million mark.
Special to Niagara Falls Review Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, left, and Dino Dicienzo Jr. of Canadian Niagara Hotels announced Thursday that Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap exceeded the $1-million mark.

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