That sums up the sentiment of more than 200 guests and attendees at the 6th Annual Breakfast For Champions charity breakfast gala held on May 5, 2015 at New Covenant. Together, we raised close to $10,000 in support of Brant Food For Thought and student nutrition programs.
A big “Thank You” to Investors Group, Platinum Title Sponsor, our Gold Sponsors, New Covenant and Via Rail Canada, along with our Table Sponsors — West Brant Window World, Millards, Sonoco, Six Nations Teacher’s Union, Grand Erie District School Board, Dwayne D. Budgell Funeral Home and Mike Yarek Dodge Chrysler.
“From Cellar to Bestseller — The Looneyspoons Recipe For Success” was the title of keynote speaker, Janet Podleski’s riveting story. Fascinated guests learned how Janet and her sister Greta, armed with a “secret project”, sharing a dream of being on the National Bestseller List and $80,000 in debt, succeeded with the help of “The Wealthy Barber”, David Chilton, to authoring four blockbuster #1 National bestselling cookbooks, hosting the popular Food Network TV show, Eat, Shrink & Be Merry! and creating a successful line of healthy prepared foods sold at Costco across Canada.
Guests also enjoyed a delicious breakfast served by St. John’s College Culinary Arts students and teacher, Tom Mercante.
“Amazing food at today’s Breakfast For Champions,” tweeted guest, Shawn McKillop, Manager of Communications and Community Relations at the Grand Erie District School Board.
The students helped prepare fresh fruit creations and berry yogurt parfaits, along with serving foods from our generous sponsors—fresh fruit and berries from Frank’s No Frills, whole wheat waffles from ConAgra Foods / Western Waffles, breakfast ham from Strodes BBQ & Deli, Prestige Western Omelettes from Burnbrae Farms, and Cora Brantford’s own Mango Strawberry Pineapple juice cocktail.
Sweet Bakery’s Stacey Farrant delighted guests with her fresh baked offerings of Cherry Scones, Mini Lemon Poppyseed Bundt Cakes and Cinnamon Bun Quick Bread. A special thank you to Lococo’s Hamilton, Birley’s Coffee Service, Better Living Essentials, Lifetouch Canada, 21st Century Signs and Spence Print Solutions for their contributions.
Our newest partner, FirstOntario Credit Union, through our Lead Agency, Haldimand-Norfolk Reach, showed their support and announced their contributions to the Brantford/Brant region by presenting a cheque in the amount of $23,387.
“At FirstOntario, corporate social responsibility is one of the most important pillars in our foundation”, said Brantford Branch Manager, Ken Gallagher. “We believe in using our profits for a higher purpose. Our employees truly care about revitalizing and sustaining the communities we call home.”
The team of auctioneers from Adesa Auctions closed off the event in fine fashion with our annual live auction. “I want to thank all our guests, the local schools, businesses and individuals who contributed in any way to the success of this annual event,” says Gisèle Budgell, Program Coordinator. “Our many sponsors are very supportive of the work that we do in this community. We sincerely appreciate their generosity.”