Non-profit organization serving up Taste of Welland

Non-profit organization serving up Taste of Welland

October fundraiser assists Community Support Services of Niagara

NEWS 05:44 PM by Kris Dubé The Welland Tribune

Restaurateurs who will be participating in the inaugural Taste of Welland include, from left, Cheryl Lapalme of Ye Olde Squire, Amy Datema and Justin Upper of Taris on the Water, Lucas Spinosa of Black Sheep Lounge, Caitlin Nicholesen of Mama Misfit's Cheesecakery, and Justin Reichelt of Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse Casual. - Kris Dube , Torstar

A variety of flavours will be on the menu for a Welland event next month aimed at raising important dollars for a non-profit organization that benefits close to 4,000 individuals across the region.

On Sunday, Oct. 6, Community Support Services of Niagara will host Taste of Welland, bringing six local establishments together for a tasty fundraiser that will begin and end at Seaway Mall, with stops at four restaurants.

Participating restaurants are Mr. Mike's Steakhouse Casual, Taris on the Water, The Black Sheep Lounge and Ye Olde Squire as well as Mama Misfit's Cheesecakery and Café Mochaccino which will be providing coffee and dessert at the end of the tour at the mall.

A bus will be provided as a means of travel to some of the eateries that are in other parts of the city.

CSSN has a goal of $10,000 for the inaugural event, an amount the organization said will provide relief from Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network funding being frozen for the past eight years. These provincial dollars and other fundraisers create approximately five per cent of the organization's budget.

Coupled with other donations, CSSN hopes to raise up to $75,000 in the next year.

The event has been created so the gap in funding doesn't impact its clients, said executive director Carolyn Askeland.

"There are no yearly increases to keep up with the cost of living," she said.

"Operational costs continue to rise, and this is a way for us to offset the gap in funding."

CSSN is a volunteer-based organization that provides support services to seniors and adults with disabilities, helping them live independently in their own homes.

Founded in 2000, CSSN offers services such as Meals on Wheels, congregate dining, transportation, homemaking, home maintenance and much more.

Askeland said she is thrilled eateries participating in a Taste of Welland didn't hesitate to get on board when approached.

"That's phenomenal. It speaks to their level of community engagement and involvement."

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by contacting CSSN volunteer and events co-ordinator Jonna Wolfenberg at 905-788-3181 ext.27 or jwolfenberg@cssn.ca.