Niagara College students offered a sneak peek into this year’s Many Hands Project during a launch event Jan. 14. Renovation Technician-Construction and Event Management students were joined by Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn at In The Orchard (ITO) Programming for the Arts, this year’s recipient.
Now in its thirteenth year, the Many Hands Project provides needed renovations for a local non-profit organization.
As part of the Many Hands Committee, Event Management students plan all aspects of the project, including the selection process in choosing the recipient, obtaining sponsors, and volunteer recruitment and coordination. Students from construction programs assist the project by completing required renovations prior to the ‘unveiling day’ in April 2010. Canadian Tire Financial Services will again be the project’s lead sponsor.
ITO focuses on creating and providing innovative programs for youth, including “at-risk” youth in communities surrounding Fonthill, Ontario.
This year’s renovations will include the extending and upgrading of washroom facilities, rebuilding of a deck, replacing of doors, and interior structural enhancement to the art display and program activity areas.
The Event Management students are once again organizing several fundraising events to support the Many Hands Project, including:
“Dance the Night Away” – Come Dance the Night Away on Saturday, Feb. 6, with music from six memorable eras starting with the 50s at 7:00 p.m. and ending with a millennium celebration at midnight. Tickets are $25 per person. Prizes will be won for best dress, best dance and best costume. There will be a silent auction held throughout the evening. The event runs from 7:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Club Italia in Niagara Falls. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
“Taste the World” – Sample flavours from around the world, Saturday, Feb. 20, during a culinary event that will showcase a variety of food and entertainment from different countries around the world. Take your taste buds on a tour from the comforts of North American food to the exotic tastes of Asia, while satisfying your appetite. Tickets are $35 per person before Jan. 20, and $40 thereafter. Taste the world at the Feastivities Conference Centre in Welland, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“Fashion in the Falls” – Get a glimpse of the newest trends during a charity fashion show, Saturday, Feb. 27. The event features a celebrity MC, live auction, refreshments, swag bags and fashion styles presented by some of Niagara’s top retailers. Tickets are $30 per person, or $160 for a table of six. The show takes place at the Best Western Beacon Harbourside Inn & Suites Conference Centre in Jordan. Doors to the event open at 6:30 pm with the show beginning at 7:30 pm.
“Wild West Whodunnit’ Murder Mystery” – Find your inner detective during a night of murder and mystery in the Wild West, Saturday, March 13. Be entertained, while enjoying a mysterious old western story line, a western-style dinner and a silent auction. Tickets are $45 per person. Guests are invited to dress in the theme of the old Wild West. The mystery takes place at the Beechwood Golf & Country Club in Niagara Falls, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Visit NiagaraCollege.ca/emevents for more information.
The Hospitality and Tourism Division of Niagara College offers Event Management as a one-year Graduate-Certificate program. Throughout the program students are prepared for careers in the planning, promotion and execution of special events in the public, corporate and non-profit sectors. Students are required to organize a number of events, including the Many Hands project. For more information on the Many Hands initiative, visit NiagaraCollege.ca/ManyHands or call 905-641-2252, ext. 6404.
For more information, contact:
Coordinator, Event Management Program
905-641-2252, ext. 4233