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Local foodbanks receive $45K from the community, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the S’Aint’s, St. Clair College, Blackburn Radio and Caesars Windsor

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Windsor, ON – On Sunday, December 21, minutes before The S’Aint’s band hit the stage for a community holiday celebration, representatives from St. Clair College, Blackburn Radio and Caesars Windsor shared the success of the “Sleighing Hunger” fundraising campaign. Through concert ticket and CD sales plus Caesars Windsor’s annual holiday donation, they unveiled a generous donation of $45,000 total to support and fill the shelves of three local foodbanks: The Unemployed Help Centre, The Downtown Mission and Outreach for Hunger in Chatham. A portion of the funds will also go towards St. Clair College scholarships and bursaries.

Ron Dunn, Director of Development & Community Relations of the Downtown Mission, said, "We are thrilled to have been selected to receive such a wonderful gift. The money raised will directly benefit the hungry and hurting of our community. This event is proof positive of the many amazing people in our community who give so freely of their time, treasure and talents. Windsor-Essex is blessed to have such awesome corporate leadership in Blackburn Radio, Saint Clair College and Caesars Windsor.”

Brenda LeClair, Executive Director of Chatham Outreach For Hunger, reiterated the sentiment, “We are thrilled to be a part of this event and wish to thank everyone who worked so hard and gave so much to ensure that the work we do to provide for those in need continues. It was an amazing evening with first class entertainment. Thank you to all for making this gift possible.”

This was the 4th year the S’Aint’s band performed for a special one-night event to raise funds for local charities. It was also the first year the show was held at Caesars Windsor’s Colosseum.

Dr. John Strasser, President of St. Clair College, said, “What a wonderful opportunity for our community to join together for one purpose, on one night, to help food banks in the region. The busy holiday season is well on its way, and this concert event is a pause for our community to be thankful for what we have and celebrate the season in song with family and friends while benefiting those in need.

John Weese, Vice-President of Blackburn Radio, agreed, "A spectacular evening filled with Love, Charity and Spirit. Caesars Windsor's Colosseum was a magnificent stage to showcase our hometown heroes, and act as a focal point of how business, education, union groups and the arts can join forces to address community need. We are so grateful that Blackburn Radio was part of it."

The S’Aint’s is a philanthropic passion project created by musicians, St. Clair College and Blackburn Radio. Band members include: Jody Raffoul, Jeff Burrows, Wes Buckley, David Cyrenne, Kelly “Mr. Chill” Hoppe, Kelly Authier and Garret Bielaniec. The project gave them the opportunity to record, collaborate and perform while helping the community and its charitable service groups.

Jeff Burrows, drummer for the S’Aint’s band, said, "This year's performance and show has gone a step above the rest! Caesars Windsor has joined forces with us, St. Clair College, Blackburn Radio to provide the ultimate family holiday experience. It will definitely put you in the season's spirit to wrap up 2014!"

Mary Riley, Caesars Windsor’s VP of Marketing, said, “For over 20 years, it has always been our company’s mandate to support the efforts of hundreds of tireless charities and organizations within our community. Providing our venue to showcase these local talents was our sincere pleasure especially because every dollar raised goes directly to charities in need of all of our help.” The increased capacity of the Colosseum, combined with the event’s growing reputation, allowed the S’Aint’s to nearly double the tickets sold compared to previous years.

Guests may have also noticed many Caesars Windsor employees donning ‘ugly’ holiday sweaters throughout the property that day. For a minimum $5 donation to Sleighing Hunger, employees stepped out of their uniform and put on their ‘holiday finest’ to show their community support.

After the short cheque presentation to the very thankful organizations, the holiday spirit filled the Colosseum, and the audience was treated to a night of rock n’ roll and holiday favourites. The S’Aint’s were also joined on stage by the talented The Sinners choir and The Diplomats Drum and Bugle Corps.

“Sleighing Hunger”CDs will continue to be available for sale on iTunes, online at, St. Clair College campuses and Blackburn Stations Windsor and Chatham for $10 each with all proceeds going to the aforementioned charities. The production costs of the Sleighing Hunger CD were generously provided by Blackburn Radio allowing proceeds of CD sales to go to the charities.

Please feel free to use the photos in the link below for publication with photo credit to Matt Senechal/Caesars Windsor.

John Fairley, VP of St. Clair College and Community Relations jfairley@stclaircollege.caDirect: 519-972-2762

Lori Baldassi, Director of Community Relation, Blackburn Radio Phone: 519-944-4400 Jhoan Baluyot, Manager of PR and Communications, Caesars Windsor Direct: 519.985.2896 or 1.800.991.7777 ext. 22896