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Win a Centre-Ice Suite for 20 to a Winnipeg Jets Game (and more!) in support of @UnitedWayWpg

This totally kicks ass.

United Way has teamed up with some of our city’s most iconic organizations to offer 10 exciting prize packages featuring one-of-a-kind opportunities and special access to the local events and attractions that make Winnipeg great.

WinWinnipeg.ca

Probably the best prizes ever… go get some!

Included are incredible opportunities to spend the day with the Winnipeg Jets, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Winnipeg Goldeyes. You could meet the players, get VIP access behind the scenes, participate in a practice, and watch the game from some of the best seats in the house!

There’s also a private center-ice suite (room for 20) to the Winnipeg Jets up for grabsYou could also win a dream fishing trip and a boat. Spoil yourself at a weekend spa retreat, enjoy the best of the ballet, symphony and opera, hit up the Winnipeg Folk Festival…and SO much more! (see the full prize list at www.winwinnipeg.ca)

Every purchase gets you ten chances to win, all for only ten bucks a ticket!

And tickets are only $10 each!!

There are three ways you can participate:

  1. Purchase your own tickets securely online at WinWinnipeg.ca or by phone at 204-924-6403. You can also buy tickets in person at United Way’s 2nd floor reception at 580 Main Street.
  2. Sell tickets. Books of 20 are available by calling 204-924-6403 or emailing cerickson@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca. For every book sold, you’ll be entered to win bonus prize packs including even more Jets game day tickets!
  3. Spread the word! Tell your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbours. We’ve even put together a sample email you can use below to make it easy!

Let’s do this, shall we?

PS – Are you coming to the Zumba party this weekend?

Zumba Party to benefit United Way of Winnipeg on January 26th – THIS kicks ass!

I’m so excited about this, I can’t speak properly. (Just waste 59 seconds watching the video if you need proof)

Zumba Party!

Zumba Party!

Yesterday, 2 awesome women reached out saying they wanted to help out the United Way by throwing a Zumba party. Say what???

I’ve never done Zumba before, but I’ve heard that it’s awesome. (Seriously? A room full of women swinging their hips and sweating? How could it not….) Aynslie Hinds & Melissa Boychuk are spearheading this event and I couldn’t be more inspired by their initiative, or more excited to come check it out!

Will you join us?

Here are the details:

  • DATE: January 26th, 2013
  • TIME: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • LOCATION: North Centennial Recreation & Leisure Facility
  • ADDRESS: 90 Sinclair St
  • TICKETS: $15 for participants, $10 if you’re too lazy and just want to watch. (Buy them here: http://zumba4unitedway.eventbrite.ca/)

Also, follow the Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/179219655535083/) for updates!

Let’s Zumba!!

 

A Kick Ass Karaoke Party in support of the United Way of Winnipeg

Who doesn’t love karaoke?

The response has been absolutely amazing since the first post went up, calling for help. And while there are tons of inspiring stories to share, this one is super exciting to me.

Karaoke party

These people like karaoke, I bet you do too!

After finding this site, Jacqui Fox & Tiffany Ponce got on board with the idea of a karaoke party to help raise funds for the United Way. Jacqui ran with it and made arrangements for the biggest karaoke party of the year, and we are only days away from all the action.

Will you come?

Here are the details:

  • Who: You, and anyone (18+) you want to bring! We are also planning a start-studded cast of local celebrities, so be sure to bring your camera!
  • What: Karaoke madness! Bring your singing voice and leave your inhibitions at home.
  • When: Sunday, December 30th, 10pm
  • Where: Tavern United, 826 Regent Ave.
  • Why: In support of the United Way of Winnipeg
  • COST: $0. Zero. Nada.

That’s right, there is no charge. Just come out to have a good time. If you are feeling generous, leave some cash in the hat.

We’re just going to keep it simple:

  • If you like what you hear, make a donation.
  • If you want to cut the line, make a donation.
  • If you need to apologize for horrible singing, make a donation.

So come on out and have a blast! Here is the Facebook event so you can invite your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/527439857281172/

Who do you want to see sing, and what song?

Gourmet Coffee donates $2 per bag of coffee sold to help United Way of Winnipeg

Dear Gourmet Coffee,

I love you.

And I don’t even drink coffee.

 

Gourmet Coffee Winnipeg

Gourmet Coffee Winnipeg responds to the call!

Wow, after seeing our initial call for support, Gourmet Coffee steps up to the plate and it looks like a home run!

From right now, til the end of the year, Gourmet Coffee is partnering with Reunion Island (maker of super fine coffee) to give $2 for every 12 oz bag of Reunion Island coffee that is purchased – for a sweet deal of a price of only $10 – to the United Way of Winnipeg.

All I can say to that is: Gourmet Coffee kicks ass. Thank you!

Just head down to Gourmet Coffee (1485 Erin St) during office hours (8am-4:30pm) and buy a bunch of bags for everyone you know.

For more details, check here: http://www.gourmetcoffee.ca/blog/2012/12/the-united-way-needs-you/

To other businesses…

Who’s next?

Who’s willing to follow the example set by Gourmet Coffee?

Are you already doing something at your business? Please, let us know so we can share it and inspire other businesses to do the same!

Playing Santa kicks ass – Volunteering at Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre

In an earlier post, I put a call out to meet some of the people that have been positively impacted by the United Way, and to check out some of the agencies that are funded by your donations. I had no idea it would be so fun!

On Monday night I went down to the United Way offices to wrap up a bunch of gifts that had been donated by a local business. And by a bunch, I mean A BUNCH. It was awesome!

Meeting one of the agencies

The gifts were going to the Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre the next day to be used in a Christmas party for the families they service, and I had the opportunity to play Santa.

The good folks at the FGWRC are ”committed to creating a community where women & children are safe, healthy, valued and empowered.” And it shows. Through a variety of services & supports – such as counseling, workshops, legal services, self defense & more – the women & children there are getting help for things that they might not otherwise have access to. I’m no expert, though, so if you want more info, go check out their site. ;)

What I am an expert at, however, is fun.

Bringing in the Christmas Spirit!

Me as Santa!

I could do this more often..

Even though I’m a bit on the skinny side, I’d like to think I made a pretty decent Santa. What I lacked in jiggle, I made up for with jolly! And then, what I lacked in jolly, I made up for with all the presents I was giving away. ;)

As a crowd of mostly single mothers and their children gathered at the centre around a Christmas tree, I burst through the door in full Santa attire, doing my best “HO HO HO” and waving the jingling bells. The kids faces lit up! (Well, except for the 14 year old girl, she was trying to look cool so she contained her emotions… but I know that deep down she was really excited.)

It was really incredible to see how excited the kids were… and smart! One of the young girls, after all the presents had been distributed, pulled me to the side and said: “I know you’re not really Santa.”

Worried that I had lost my cover, I cautiously asked: “Well what do you mean by that?”

She said, with a perfect blend of intelligence and innocence: “The real Santa would be far too busy to be here himself, so he sent you to cover for him.”

Humbled, and choking back tears, I answered with a wink: “Now tell me, how did you get so smart?” ;)

It gets even more touching

I asked the kids, “Does anyone have any questions for Santa before he has to leave?”

A few of the kids, all siblings, came over to me and all asked the same thing:

Santa, can you tell our mom to let us open our presents, like all the other kids did?

Looking around, I noticed that while everyone else had opened their gifts and were busy playing with them, the children from this family still had all of their (expertly wrapped) presents still in tact.

Mad hugs for Santa!

Mad hugs for Santa!

It hit me, that their mother was saving these gifts, because those were the only gifts they were going to get this year. I looked at the mom, then looked back at the kids and asked: “Do you think your mom has a good reason for wanting you to save them?” At first they said “no way!” – they obviously wanted their presents – but when I asked again, the oldest took the lead and smiled. “I bet she does.”

Yes, I bet she does.

Needless to say, this Santa (or stand-in helper Santa, if you ask the genius 6 year old) got mad hugs from everyone and drove off in his magical car, grateful to know that not only was I going to have a great Christmas, but that I had helped someone else have one as well.

If that doesn’t make you feel guilty for not donating, I don’t know what will. ;) Donate here: http://bit.ly/ZlTYuF