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Superior Media's Treena Clement pictured with our prize-winning gingerbread house creation in December 2015. photo by Lynne Brown/Superior Media

(Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) ‘Sweet Homes for the Soup Kitchen Gingerbread House Festive Face-Off‘, is inviting all Community Elves! It is time to gather your tool belts and get your team together.

The Sault College Public Relations and Event Management Program (PEM ) has partnered with the Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen Community Centre to raise funds and awareness about its services and programs. To accomplish this, a team from the PEM program is planning a
‘Gingerbread House Building Challenge‘; a team-based competition that will raise funds through entrance fees, sponsorships and pledges.The event will be held November 24, 2018 at the Station Mall (Dennis Street Entrance)between10 am and 2 pm.

It is a timed event and the Gingerbread House challenge will come with a bunch of twists and turns. A designated building inspector will monitor what teams do and assign different challenges throughout the competition. The winning house will be decided by a panel of judges; prizes will also be awarded for the team that raises the most money and/or brings in the most canned food.

The grand prize has been donated by a local media outlet. The winning team will receive $500 worth of advertising which could be used by the winner or donated to a charity of their choice.

Come join in and build a ‘Sweet Home for the Soup Kitchen’. Create a team of four to five members. Challenge a business and see who can raise the most. The entrance fee is a minimum pledge or donation of $20 per player.Teams will be provided with a gingerbread house kit with a starter set of decorations and icing. Donations will be accepted during the event and we invite you to come down and join in the fun. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Sault Ste. Marie Community Soup Kitchen.

We encourage teams to show their spirit! If you wish to register, please see our Facebook page: Sweet Homes for the Soup Kitchen here:
We ask that all teams be registered by Monday, November 19, 2018.

“Every person deserves love, kindness and a belly full of food. Poverty is not a crime
and as a community we need to support the services that the Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen Community Centre offers to people in need, especially during this holiday season.
The students are working tremendously hard with the hopes of raising a substantial amount of money to help the less fortunate in our community” said Natasha DeActis, Professor, Public Relations and Event Management.  “We are thrilled to be part of this exciting event where we can give back and put a smile on a face, some food in a tummy, and some cheer this Christmas season” said Barbara Finch, Student/Event Coordinator for the Sweet Homes for the Soup Kitchen.

About the Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen Community Centre: The Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen Community Centre is a registered charity established in 1983. It is governed by a Board of Directors and they, along with the staff and volunteers,are dedicated to helping those who live in poverty by providing a safe place to eat, socialize, get information and attend programs.

It provides a daily meal to an average of 125 people per day(1500–2000 meals per month)
as well as providing services to encourage self-sufficiency and improve quality of life through reducing hunger and its effects.

The Soup Kitchen provides a safe environment for children to play, learn and grow through the Brighter Beginnings After-School Children’s Program.

Other programs include the monthly Good Food Box initiative,which enables families to
have access to fresh, healthy food and the Community Kitchen,where people can learn how to cook affordable meals.To learn more about the Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen Community Centre, contact Ron Sim, General Manager 705-942-2694, or visit:  Follow them on their Facebook page here:

About the Public Relations and Event Management Program (PEM): Public Relations and Event Management is a post-graduate certificate offered by Sault College, in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.
The program combines key skills and practical experience in both public relations and event management activities. It has the potential to increase employment opportunities with private and public sector organizations looking for well-trained public relations professionals who have the added skill set of event management expertise.

In eight short months, students in this program will learn successful public relations strategies and receive training in media relations, presentation skills, issues management and effective writing instruction. Public relations training will be combined with expert instruction in all facets of planning, executing and analyzing corporate and fundraising events.

Work placements nearing the end of the program will give students hands-on experience in the real world of public relations and managing events to further round out their studies prior to graduation.

For more information please contact Natasha DeActis (Colak), Professor, Public Relations & Event Management Program. 705-759-2554 [email protected]