More than 336 servings of French toast were dished out at the fourth annual Schulich French Toast Breakfast in support of the United Way on Tuesday. Overall, the capstone event for the York Cares campaign raised $948 for the United Way, a 31 per cent increase over last year.
“This annual tradition is a delicious way to start off a cold November morning,” said Dirk Matten, Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility, who kicked started the event with a keynote presentation.
In his address, Professor Matten pointed out that there is “an important educational component to the Schulich French Toast Breakfast and other similar events that make up the York Cares campaign. For many of you Schulich students, the York Cares campaign is an introduction to an important week-long phenomenon that takes place around this time every fall in most of the larger workplaces in Toronto and across Canada. No matter where you end up working, if you work for a major Canadian company – certainly if you work for any of the banks or financial services firms – you will almost certainly find that the annual United Way Campaign is an ingrained part of the corporate culture. And you will be strongly encouraged and expected to participate in these workplace fundraising events.”
Schulich and York students, faculty and staff lingered in the CIBC Marketplace during the event, enjoying their French toast and the welcoming atmosphere created by the event’s speakers and entertainers. Staff and students were even caught watching from the second and third floor overhangs throughout the morning.
The talented array of Schulich BBA and MBA dancers, musicians and singers at the Breakfast was remarkable. The entertainers included musicians Calvin Lee (aka The Schulich Cadenza), keyboard; Guido McGuigan, electric guitar; Aaron Teelucksingh, guitar; and Victor Issaev, harp. Singers included Muhammad Faraz Ali, Bruno Benavides, Jeffrey Chan, Benny Gendelman, Shashwat Mehrotra and Alfredo Rodriguez. Musical groups performing for the crowd included MJC – made up of Mashkur Reza, Jeff Hwee and Calvin Lee – and East Side Story – comprised of Bishal Shrestha, Mark Bradley, Ryan Pais and Calvin Lee. Dancer Ruku Sandhu performed a classical Indian routine known as Bharatha Natyam.
“Everyone had a great time today at the fourth annual French Toast fundraiser,” said Calvin K. Lee (Accelerated MBA Candidate ’14), aka The Schulich Cadenza. “Happy faculty, staff and students came together to donate to a good cause and have a hot breakfast while enjoying both the company of each other and the excellent entertainment. I’m really pleased Schulich organizes such a meaningful event. It gives everyone the opportunity to participate and give back to our community.”
Special thanks to the anonymous donors who contributed $50 to cover the performers’ FT breakfasts and to student Andrea Onley who set up a ‘Schulich Ink’ stand where participants at the event could make a cash donation to the United Way and receive a henna tattoo in return.
Since the York Cares United Way Campaign kick-off, more than 330 members of the York community have contributed more than $147,000. To recognize the University for raising over $100,000 for their organization, a special ceremony was held by the United Way during the event and York Vice-President Jeff O’Hagan accepted a special plaque on behalf of the University.
“This is remarkable progress. The community of faculty and staff here at York University are highly committed to social justice, and support of the United Way campaign is just one way that we work together to make our communities stronger,” said Jeff O’Hagan, York Cares campaign co-chair, at the Breakfast.
“Thanks to all who have supported this campaign,” said O’Hagan. “United Way’s work in building stronger communities is important and York’s campaign goes a long way to support that work.”
To thank everyone who participated in the event, door prizes were drawn and included gift certificates toFrankie Tomatto Restaurant, The Great Canadian Bagel and Salon Concepts Spa (York Campus); as well as an iVisor xt crystal clear iPhone screen protector, iGlaze armour for iPhone aluminum case and revolt duo – 20W dual port usb car charger (includes USB cable with Lightning connector) from Data Integrity (York Campus).
The winning door prize ticket numbers were: 266362, 266366, 266444, 266520, 266552, 266610, 266676, 266854, 266858, 266892, 266952 and 266988. Please contact Sharon Chisholm at ext. 22428 to claim your prize before Friday, December 13, 2013.
Also taking place at the Breakfast was the grand prize draw for those members of the York community who made a minimum donation of $1/week ($52/year) to the York Cares United Way Campaign. Congratulations to Deirdre Cappelli of the Registrar’s Office & Student Financial Services who won the grand prize – an iPad Mini and black leather case; Carolyn Heald of the Information & Privacy Office, who won a York golf bag; June Hill of the Peter F. Bronfman Business Library and Heather Campbell of the Department of English, who both won York scarves to keep them warm this winter; and Alan Middleton of the Schulich Executive Education Centre, Waynette Huerta of Campus Services & Business Operations and Frances Chan of the Faculty of Environmental Studies, who each won a copy of the book, Las Nubes Conservation in the Cloud Forests of Costa Rica.
“The United Way Toronto helps strengthen individuals, families and communities by supporting services that improve peoples’ lives and the annual Schulich French Toast Breakfast is our way of contributing to their important work,” said Sharon Chisholm, Chair of 2013 Schulich United Way Committee.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who came out to support this worthy cause on Tuesday and give special thanks to our talented student musicians, energetic ambassadors and dedicated United Way Committee members who worked tirelessly to make this day such a huge success.”
[box type=”note”]This blog post was originally published on the Schulich News & Events blog, used with permission.[/box]