Fundraising

Local Kids burst the thermometer to help Niagara’s Kids Feel Better

Third Annual Fill the Pig, Feel Better Campaign surpasses goal in support of Mental Health

With a virtual effort in front of them, 15 local Youth Champions, powered by a Meridian Credit Union match raised over $31K for Pathstone.

With one month to hit a $30K goal, Pathstone’s Youth Champions knew what their marching orders were and hit social media with their message. They talked about the importance of good mental health, shared stories of their own struggles and encouraged the Niagara community to support the cause. Branch leads, at each Meridian Credit Union location across Niagara, were supporting these young volunteers too.

In past years, this campaign would kick off and wrap at a Niagara Ice Dog game with thousands of people watching and participating. With this year’s virtual effort, we relied on our exceptional partners at Meridian, and our Youth Champions to lead the way, tapping into their own network of people to elevate support for this campaign. One thing is certain; everyone’s mental health has been challenged at some point over the last year.

Our Youth Champions helped us expand our reach even further with their personal campaigns in support of children’s mental health. Kids helping other kids, no matter the cause is really, what this effort is all about. To be able to teach young people about philanthropy and the power of giving back, not to mention how good it feels should really be a community campaign in itself.
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR at Pathstone.

One of the most impactful stories of the campaign came just a few weeks ago. One of our younger Youth Champions, Aberdeen Smith was handing in the $2, 157 she had raised, at the Meridian on Kalar Road in Niagara Falls. A man, doing his banking asked her, “What is the money for?” When she told him, she was fundraising for Pathstone; he said to her, “We need more kids like you.” He then said to the teller, “I will match the amount she has raised, and take it out of my account.” And with that, Aberdeen had raised $4,288.

All funds raised through this campaign will support Pathstone’s Immediate Services Program, which means NO WAIT to get mental health support. Under the Immediate Services umbrella are our 8 in-person walk-in clinics, our video counselling program and our 24/7 Crisis & Support line which can be reached at 1-800-263-4944.

Meridian recognizes the importance mental health has played, especially through the pandemic. Today’s campaign wrap up means that Meridian has helped raise over $130,000 for Pathstone over the past three years. As a Meridian employee, and proud mom of one of this year’s Youth Champions, I know that together we are making a difference in our community.
Katarina Chataway, Grimbsy Branch Manager- Meridian

Aberdeen Smith, Age 8 – Fill the Pig, Feel Better, Youth Champion
Her Personal TOTAL, $4,288!


About Pathstone Mental Health

Pathstone Mental Health is a community-based organization whose mission it is to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara diagnosed with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to address and meet the needs of children and their families as the primary accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara. Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

About Meridian:

With more than 75 years of banking history, Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union and the second largest in Canada, helping to grow the lives of 370,000 Members and customers. Meridian has $26.6 billion in assets under management (as at September 30, 2020) and delivers a full range of financial services online, by phone, by mobile and through a network of 89 branches across Ontario, and business banking services in 15 locations. Meridian Members also have access to THE EXCHANGE® Network, with more than 3,600 no-fee ABMs across Canada and 500,000 ABMs in the United States. For more information, please visit: meridiancu.ca, follow us on Twitter @MeridianCU or see our Facebook site.

Media Contact – Questions / Interviews;

Kim Rossi – Director of Philanthropy & Public Relations -Pathstone Mental Health/ Pathstone Foundation

Direct. 289.969.8342 Email. krossi@pathstone.ca

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Youth Ambassadors Champion a Virtual “Fill the Pig, Feel Better” Campaign for Mental Health

Nothing has been spared from the pandemic treatment or so it seems. This February, and for a third straight year, marks the start of the month-long “Fill the Pig, Feel Better” campaign.

This time around, over a dozen children and youth from across Niagara have volunteered to become Youth Champions for the campaign which is powered by Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union and second largest in Canada, in support of Pathstone Foundation.

In past years, we relied on “passing the pig (piggy bank)” to collect donations. This year, we are asking Niagara  to contribute online, and help grow our goal thermometer. Our Youth Champions will also be encouraging support through their own social media accounts. They received campaign kits to help them make videos, create content and go LIVE about why they wanted to support the campaign, the importance of mental health, and where donations will go.

Our front-line services have been crushed with demand through the pandemic, which is now entering an eleventh month. All donations will be directed to our front-line programs that include:

Our Crisis & Support Line which operates 24/7 as well as our in-person walk-in clinic and our video counselling walk-in clinic which offers services Monday through Friday. Not only is this campaign a great example of how kids are stepping up for other kids, they are doing so at a time that is so fragile to everyone’s mental health. Kim Rossi- Director of Philanthropy & PR –Pathstone Foundation

Youth Ambassadors who decided to join us for this campaign are quite familiar with it.

Aberdeen started knocking on doors asking for donations for Pathstone when she was just 6 years old. Sevin, Duncan and Aidia who make up The Mane Event Team have raised over $40,000 for Pathstone and will be representatives for the Meridian branch in Grimsby. Addison who at age 9, launched her own company with proceeds supporting Pathstone, will be one of the faces of the Stevensville & Fort Erie branches.

Over the past two years, this campaign has raised over $100K for Pathstone. The need now, is greater than it has ever been. We are especially delighted to launch the Youth Champion program this year. It involves kids who can speak first-hand to their peers, and our community, about the lasting and positive impact Pathstone makes. As a Meridian employee, and proud mom of one of this year’s Youth Champions, I know that together we make a difference in the lives of people in our communities. Katarina Chataway, Grimbsy Branch Manager- Meridian

This year’s Fill the Pig, Feel Better campaign runs from February 1- 28th. To read more about it, our Youth Champions, and to make a donation, visit www.pathstonementalhealth.ca/fillthepig

About Pathstone Mental Health

Pathstone Mental Health is a community-based organization whose mission it is to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara diagnosed with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to address and meet the needs of children and their families as the primary accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara. Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

About Meridian:

With more than 75 years of banking history, Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union and the second largest in Canada, helping to grow the lives of 370,000 Members and customers. Meridian has $26.6 billion in assets under management (as at September 30, 2020) and delivers a full range of financial services online, by phone, by mobile and through a network of 89 branches across Ontario, and business banking services in 15 locations. Meridian Members also have access to THE EXCHANGE® Network, with more than 3,600 no-fee ABMs across Canada and 500,000 ABMs in the United States. For more information, please visit: meridiancu.ca, follow us on Twitter @MeridianCU or see our Facebook site.

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Local Students cut off 30+ inches in support of Mental Health in Niagara

After a six-week long campaign, members of The Mane Event Team will chop off their locks Monday, (Nov 2) in support of Pathstone Foundation.

The three, grade 10 students at Blessed Trinity in Grimsby have garnered media attention with their campaign, focussed on reaching a $10K goal by Friday, October 30th and surpassed that goal with time to spare. Support from the community at large and a few corporate gifts from Marz Homes and Mountainview Building Group put the teens over the top in the final days of their campaign.

The Mane Event Team will be hosting a LIVE “Chop” event at Malia Hair Salon in St. Catharines on Monday. It will be streamed on the groups Instagram Live account starting at 3PM. In all, the three teens will be sacrificing well over 30 inches of hair.

Donations are still being accepted online until midnight Friday, Oct 30th at: https://www.pathstonefoundation.ca/themaneeventteam/donationpage/
While the event on Monday can be watched LIVE at 3pm by following @Mane7.18

Please note, Monday’s event is OPEN to media, but RSVPing is required as we have limited spots available.

For more information, interviews, or to attend, please contact;
Kim Rossi,
Director of Philanthropy and Public Relations – Pathstone Foundation / Mental Health
krossi@pathstone.ca or 289-969-8342

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Local Band Releases Second Limited Edition Hat in Support of Mental Health in Niagara.

Mad Hatters Band, Isolation Station, Phase 2 “The Unity Hat”

He launched his second effort to support mental health in as many months at the cottage last night. Frank Pietrangelo of the Mad Hatters Band went LIVE on Instagram, sporting a new black trucker style hat, unveiling what has been affectionately been dubbed ISO-187, Phase 2, “The Unity Hat.”

After selling 186 of the Phase 1 hats, this Phase 2 effort will also be a limited edition and only available for purchase until August 8th.

This is once again a solid showing of the commitment, heart and demonstration of community spirit we have in Niagara. Frankie’s friends, family and as well as mental health supporters supported this project from day one, through helping with design, printing, and distribution to purchasing hats, and telling others about the campaign. We at Pathstone feel very fortunate to have this type of support all around us.

Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR, Pathstone Foundation/ Mental Health

When you become a part of Phase 2, you are supporting your kids, nieces and nephews, grand kids, cousins, friends and our community as a whole who lean on Pathstone Mental Health. We will walk together through this monumental life change, and support those who are struggling together.

Frank Pietrangelo, Mad Hatters Band, and Isolation Station creator.

The Isolation Station, Phase 2 Unity Hat is on sale now at https://shop.pathstonefoundation.ca/

Cost is $25, taxes included and 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to Pathstone to support the countless programs they offer children, youth and families in Niagara, including their nine walk-in clinics.

When you pick-up your hat the week of August 17 at Monkey Sports, we encourage you to Wear + Share it on social and tag @pathstonemh_Niagara and @madhatters_band.

To read more about how Isolation Station came to be, please read the story below.

The Story

It was Sunday March 15, and as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to progress, Niagara moved to into full shut down mode in an effort to curb the spread. Kids were forced out of school, people out of work, and families were told to stay home.

It became a dark time for many who struggled to come to terms with this new reality. You saw income being reduced or lost, safety being threatened and social connections severed.

In the darkness of COVID-19, Isolation Station was born.

It was launched on Wednesday March 18, by Frank Pietrangelo of the Mad Hatters Band on Instagram LIVE. From 9 pm (or whenever his kids went to bed) until 11 ish this show, quickly became more than just Frank on his keyboard playing Bruce Springsteen from the garage. It was a meeting point that offered connection, support, laughs and yes, live music for all who were watching. It was a show about friendship and deep connection. The darkness of COVID-19 was a little brighter for two hours each Wednesday night.

Like any good show, Isolation Station continued to increase in popularity. There was no “sign on the door” of this garage bar, so long-time friend Tony Basilone designed one. The Isolation Station logo was a black circle, trimmed in gold with a lowercase gold “I” in the centre. There was a little light amongst the darkness.

When Frank sported a black trucker hat with this new logo, everyone wanted one.  Fast-forward to 186 hats sold and $1,239.17 raised for Pathstone Mental Health and momentum that will not quit.

However, the look and life through COVID-19 is changing.

While we are not complexly in the clear, the warm weather and fewer active COVID-19 cases is allowing some of our past freedoms to return.

In many cases, stores have re-opened, group gathering numbers have increased, but many workplaces are still closed, there is still a lot of worry and anxiety around the unknown.

As Isolation Station moves into Phase 2, we feel supported and a little brighter. For some, the COVID-19 shut-down turned into a time for people to reconnect with things they had long left behind due to being over-worked, over-tired, and over-committed.

As we join together in Phase 2, we are releasing Isolation Station’s Unity Hat.

On sale for 10 days only (until August 8). This, like the Phase 1 hat will be a limited edition offer, accompanied by a personalized letter from Frank.

When you become a part of Phase 2, you are supporting your kids, nieces and nephews, grand kids, cousins, friends and our community as a whole who lean on Pathstone Mental Health.

We will walk together through this monumental life change, and support those who are struggling because Niagara Never Quits.

Special thanks to Rob Orr at Monkey Team Sports by Northland for producing and distributing the hats.

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Neon Night Virtual Dance Party 2.0 “The Relaunch”

We will never say we are perfect. After a technical glitch 14 minutes into Neon Night last Friday, we were forced to regroup and relaunch. This coming Friday, July 3rd, we will present Neon Night Virtual Dance Party 2.0.

Pathstone Foundation in partnership with FirstOntario Credit Union and with support from Cogeco are celebrating friends, grads and their families with Neon Night, a virtual dance party that will stream at events.pathstonefoundation.ca on Friday, July 3rd at 8 PM. This event is FREE to view and will feature music, videos a few surprises and a slew of celebrities throwing props and advice to grads.

Whether you have great memories or not of prom and graduation, you still had memories. We wanted to acknowledge that yes this is a different world we are living in, but we can still celebrate all of the hard work students have put in at school.

Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR at Pathstone

We put the word out to a number of “friends of the foundation” who just happen to be well-known and many were quick to say yes to submitting a short video. A few of them I can tell you about are, music superstars, NHLer’s, comedians and actors.  (Tim Hicks, Brett Kissel, J.P Saxe, Brett Wilson, Colin Mochrie & Niagara’s Christian Lalama..just to name a few.) We also have a friend in DJ. Mike Oz-E who is mixing some great music and these videos together.

This event is for EVERYONE and while there is no cost to stream Neon Night, online donations in support of Pathstone would be gratefully accepted.

FirstOntario Credit Union presents

Neon Night > Virtual Dance Party 2.0 “The Relaunch”

Featuring celeb shout-outs to 2020 Graduates

Friday, July 3rd @ 8:00PM (EST)

To view, visit events.pathstonefoundation.ca

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About Pathstone Mental Health
Pathstone Mental Health is a community-based organization whose mission it is to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara diagnosed with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to address and meet the needs of children and their families as the only accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara. Crisis & Support Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

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Ontario Trillium Foundation supports Pathstone with safer school measures.

Funding of over $26,100 means a safer place for students to learn and grow.

St. Catharines, ON – Thanks to a $26,100 Capital grant that was awarded to Pathstone Mental Health by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) in 2019, a new generator has been installed at Pathstone’s school on Merrittville Highway. On Friday, MPPs Sam Oosterhoff, Wayne Gates and Jennie Stevens were joined by OTF volunteer Bill Williams as they met with representatives from Pathstone to hear more about the need for the grant and the long-term difference it will make for their programming.

“Investments such these demonstrate the importance of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s work in local communities here in Niagara,” said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West. “With growing awareness of mental health needs, it is vital that organizations such as Pathstone have the capital funds they need to provide the world class mental health services our youth rely on. I wish to congratulate Pathstone on receiving this grant and thank them for the amazing work they do across Niagara.”

This Capital grant was a much-needed improvement to the building, as Pathstone has over 70 children and staff attending classes and mental health therapy sessions on site. The grant was requested as the building’s previous generator was over 30-years-old and was constantly breaking down. The age, fuel source, location, safety risk and efficiency of the unit made for a strong case to OTF for a replacement. With the grant, Pathstone unveiled its new natural gas generator that’s now installed outside of the building.

“This project aligned with OTF’s criteria for a Capital grant request. Being in a safe environment brings peace of mind to our clients, their families and our staff, which was at the heart of this project. We are grateful to OTF for recognizing the importance of this much needed improvement,” said Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy – Pathstone Foundation

 About OTF
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $108 million to 629 projects this year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. For more information, please visit: www.otf.ca

About Pathstone
Pathstone Mental Health is a community-based organization whose mission it is to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara diagnosed with mental health issues. We are a lead agency and the only accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara.

Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

Media Contact – for Questions / Interviews; Kim Rossi – Director of Philanthropy & Public Relations  o. 905.688.6850 x 167  c. 289.969.8342 e. krossi@pathstone.ca

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The White & Bright Affair welcomes “The 5 Love Languages” best- selling author, Dr. Gary Chapman

Do you know what your Love Language is?

Pathstone Foundation is thrilled to unveil the details of their NEW Signature event, The White & Bright Affair, (WABA) in support of Pathstone Mental Health.
This June 5th, we’ll welcome the author of “The 5 Love Languages,” Dr. Gary Chapman to Fallsview Casino Resort, as RBC presents The White & Bright Affair.”

First, let me start by acknowledging the incredible support that the Hope Award Gala received over the past decade. After much conversation with volunteers, major sponsors and our team, we have landed on a new name, look and feel for our annual event which will still do what the Hope Gala set out to do a decade ago, promote mental health awareness, highlight our mission and bring Pathstone stakeholders together.
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Foundation

“The White & Bright Affair,” is designed to connect us as a community. In his 30 minute chat, Dr. Chapman will talk about how to strengthen and nurture the most important relationships we have in our lives, especially with our spouses, partners and children. Identifying your Love Language will be the first step at our “Ice Breaker” Reception either by taking the Love Language quiz in advance or on-site. Along with great food, entertainment, a grand raffle and a mental wellness immersive experience, we know guests will walk away with some unforgettable moments.

The name, “The White & Bright Affair,” speaks to a fun dress code for the event. With a date in early June, we are asking guests to wear white plus a POP of their favorite colour. We are looking forward to hosting this fresh and fun Signature Event and we are sure you can already envision the great photos that will come when our guests arrive in similar attire but with their own unique “splash” incorporated.
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Foundation

 

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It’s Back … and BIGGER – “Fill the Pig, Feel Better” campaign expands in year two, in support of children’s mental health in Niagara

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- January 27th 2020

St. Catharines, ON– Pathstone Foundation and Meridian Credit Union are partnering for a second year on the “Fill the Pig, Feel Better” Community Campaign in support of children’s mental health across Niagara.

Year two will kick-off with a few NEW initiatives.

You will be able to “adopt” a pig at ANY of the 17 Meridian Credit Union branches across Niagara to pick up starting TODAY, January 27th. This year’s campaign runs until the end of February.

Those who “adopt” a pig are encouraged to fill it with donations in support of Pathstone Foundation.

Each filled pig, represents approximately two one-on-one sessions with a Pathstone clinician at any of Pathstone’s eight Hear & Now Walk-In Clinics located across the region.

When your pig is full, simply return it to any Meridian Credit Union branch. * You don’t need to bank at Meridian to participate.

This year, we are introducing NEW ways to get involved.

Members of our Niagara community are becoming “Guest Artists” and painting up their pig to put at the cash register/counter at their place of business, including EVERY STORE at the Pen Centre.

Join us, on Tuesday, February 4th from 4-8pm for our “Paint the Pig Night at the Pen Centre” – sign up on Eventbrite to reserve your spot. When you arrive (at the former Sear’s Entrance) your $25 on-site donation includes your very own piggy bank and seat at our art table where you can personalize it.

If you simply want to support the “Fill the Pig, Feel Better” campaign online, you can visit the following link www.pathstonementalhealth.ca/fillthepig and donate to our virtual pig. *an automatic e-receipt will be issued.

In year two, this campaign continues to be about supporting access to mental health support through Walk-In Clinics for kids and their families. This campaign is also a demonstration of how good it feels to give back, no matter your age. This year, we had businesses reach out to us to support this campaign. There will be over 200 of them with piggy banks at their counters throughout the month. – Kim Rossi- Director of Philanthropy & PR –Pathstone Foundation

Meridian is proud to partner with Pathstone Foundation for a second consecutive year, because we share a common goal of helping to grow lives and make them better. Finances are one the biggest stressors for parents as they carry out the demands of work and family while dealing with the challenges of mental health issues. Thanks to Pathstone, families have access to programs and support they otherwise would not have without significant financial costs. Together, we can make sure that Pathstone continues its vital work in supporting children’s mental health. We all benefit from the lasting positive impact Pathstone has on these young lives and their families. – Shelley Dix- District Vice President- Meridian

Campaign Details:

Adoption Locations- ALL 17 Meridian Credit Union branches across Niagara – https://www.meridiancu.ca/contact-us/Find-a-Branch-or-ABM.aspx

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Instagram & Twitter: @Fill_the_Pig
Tag: @PathstoneMH / @MeridianCU / @ThePenCentre
Hashtag: #fillthepig #Niagara #ChangeMatters #PigSpotting #KidsCount

About Pathstone Mental Health
Pathstone Mental Health is a community-based organization whose mission it is to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara diagnosed with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to address and meet the needs of children and their families as the only accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara. Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

About Meridian
With over 75 years of banking history, Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union and the third largest in Canada, helping to grow the lives of its more than 300,000 Members.   Meridian has $20.6 billion in assets under management as of November 30, 2018 and delivers a full range of financial services online, by phone, by mobile and through a network of 90 branches across Ontario, and commercial banking services in 11 locations. Meridian Members also have access to THE EXCHANGE® Network, with more than 3,500 no-fee ABMs across Canada and 500,000 ABMs in the United States. For more information, please visit: meridiancu.ca.

Media Contact – Questions / Interviews:
Kim Rossi – Director of Philanthropy & Public Relations -Pathstone Mental Health/ Pathstone Foundation
289.969.8342  e. krossi@pathstone.ca

 

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Niagara man leaving Ottawa to begin a 36 hour ride home in support of Mental Health

St. Catharines, ON (November 18th, 2019) – Just after midnight (Nov 19th), Justin Turgeon will get on his bike in the Nation’s Capital and won’t get off until her arrives back in Niagara.

The more uncomfortable the better he says. Turgeon has decided to make point about the struggles you encounter when your mental health suffers at a time when the weather is anything but predictable.

Turgeon uses the “wolf pack” mentality in his training and in life, which is one of extreme loyalty and devotion to a group that binds wolves or in this case, people together as a unit. The 32 year old trainer is leaving downtown Ottawa in the dark of night with his “wolf pack” support team following close behind.

If all goes according to plan and the weather is somewhat on his side, Turgeon will arrive at the Branscombe Mental Health Centre in St. Catharines 36 hours later after clocking 560 kilometers.  *estimated arrival time in St. Catharines approximately 2pm, Wed. Nov. 20th.

The goal of his Ride Over Matter mission is to heighten awareness of those struggling with their mental health and to raise funds for Pathstone Foundation in the process.

The former hockey player was sidelined after suffering multiple injuries and concussions. Turgeon also lost a cousin, who was like a brother to him at the hands of a mental health and addiction struggle.

Justin has made a few visits to local schools talking to students about his ride. A class at Notre Dame Elementary had his trip turned into a science and math lesson with students tracking time, speed and distance. The grade 3 students were full of questions for Turgeon and sent him off with a pile of letters of encouragement and thanks.

A few kids were very vocal about the fact they go to Pathstone for treatment. This really hammers home the mission of this ride. It’s about kids in our community being able to talk about their mental health and be supported.

Justin Turgeon, Ride Over Matter

A personal fundraising page has been set up for Justin’s Ride Over Matter trek. Supporters can sponsor Justin in kilometers by visiting https://www.pathstonefoundation.ca/ride-over-matter/ and will receive a tax deductible charitable receipt.

This kind of feat needs to be celebrated and I know when we ask Niagara for support, they come out in droves. We are so excited for him and grateful for Justin’s support. We hope the communit will join us on November 21st, in welcoming Justin home and celebrating his important journey.

Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Foundation.

 You’re Invited

Justin’s Welcome Home Celebration!

Join Us at Pathstone Mental Health

 1338 Fourth Avenue, St. Catharines

Wednesday, November 21st – 1:00pm (Justin expected at approx. 2pm)

 Refreshments will be served *courtesy of Tim Hortons St. David’s Road

About Pathstone Mental Health

Pathstone Mental Health is a community-based organization whose mission it is to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara diagnosed with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to address and meet the needs of children and their families as the only accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara. We have been helping kids for over 50 years in Niagara. Note, Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

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KO for Kids raises $107,585 for Kids in Niagara

(Niagara Falls, ON) May 9th – Today, members of the KO for KIDS committee, are pleased to announce a grand total of $107,585 raised in support of Children’s Mental Health and Childhood Cancer.

On Friday, April 12th, amateur boxers from across the Niagara Region joined forces at the the 3rd annual KO for Kids event at the Scotiabank Convention Center (SCCN). ALL Proceeds from are being directed to Pathstone Mental Health and Box Run Charitable Foundation, both of which support children and families across Niagara.

This year, we were sold out a month before event night. Our team of boxers truly brought their “A-game” and heart to the table through their training and fundraising efforts. Many dove into a strict training regime, dropping pounds and inches and improving their overall athleticism.

With this week being Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we found it fitting to announce this total as well as stress the need for immediate mental health support in Niagara. We know that when a family is struggling with a cancer diagnosis, their mental health and wellness also become a major factor in their journey.
Kim Rossi, KO for KIDS Co-Founder & Director of Philanthropy & PR at Pathstone

Sanctioned by Boxing Ontario, KO for Kids 2019 featured 21 boxing matches, ranging in various weight classes, skill levels and divisions. Competitors met weekly to train in groups and one-on-one with Former Olympian and Professional Boxers Mike Strange and Billy Irwin in preparation for their fights.

This was the first true sell-out year. We added as many tables that the space could allow in order to ensure we didn’t have any disappointed fans. The team at Scotiabank Convention Centre have been hosting this event each year and have committed to KO for KIDS 2020, a date will be announced in the coming months.

“We couldn’t be more excited to support such a great event for these amazing charities,” said Noel Buckley, President of SCCN. “We take no short cuts in how we prep and execute events and as a result, we were thrilled to provide a 5 star experience to those in attendance.”

For more information about KO for KIDS and the causes it supports visit:

Announcement of KO for KIDS 2020 coming soon!

About KO for Kids

KO for Kids is an annual boxing charitable event that takes place “in the round” at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Canada in support of Pathstone Mental Health, Ronald McDonald House and Stem Cell Research.

Sanctioned by Boxing Ontario, KO for Kids features a stacked card of amateur boxing matches, ranging in various weight classes, skill levels and divisions. Competitors participate in a rigorous training schedule with Former Olympian and Professional Boxers Mike Strange and Billy Irwin in preparation for their fights.

About Pathstone Mental Health

Pathstone Mental Health is a community-based organization whose mission it is to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara diagnosed with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to address and meet the needs of children and their families as the only accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara. Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

About BoxRun Charitable Foundation

On May 8th, 2014, BoxRun started fundraising activities. Our founder, 3-time Olympian and Commonwealth Champion boxer Mike Strange ran a marathon a day for 94 days from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to his hometown of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Since then, BoxRun has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research and family support services.

BoxRun Charitable Foundation is a 100% volunteer charity focused on raising funds through athletic activity events. We place donations made by you directly with Childhood Cancer researchers and Childhood Cancer family support services.

Media Contact:

Chris Dabrowski
High Impact PR
Phone: (289) 241-4164 e. chris@highimpactpr.ca

Or

Kim Rossi
Pathstone Foundation – Director of Philanthropy & PR
289.969.8342 e. krossi@pathstone.ca

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