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May 29, 2013 3:51 PM

Students raise money for healthy breakfast program

Conestoga business students served a gourmet breakfast to hungry crowds in support of Nutrition for Learning at their ‘Breakfast of Champions’ on February 27, 2013. Despite the snow, crowds filled the Hacienda Sarria in Kitchener to donate more than $8,700 to the charity breakfast program.

With food prepared by Hospitality Management and Culinary Management students, the inaugural event was the result of planning and cooperation between students from a variety of Conestoga programs including Business Administration - Marketing and Office Administration.

Led by faculty member Wendy Durigon, students began planning the event in the fall of 2012. Students decided they wanted to support Nutrition for Learning, a program that provides breakfast and lunch programs for over 9,000 elementary school children in Waterloo Region. Students were responsible for planning every facet of the event, including soliciting community businesses and individuals for draw prizes.

The event featured guest speakers Steve Spott, head coach of the Kitchener Rangers, and Canadian Olympic hockey player Cheryl Pounder. The speakers, provided through support from RBC, shared their personal stories with guests and spoke of optimism and perseverance in life.

In addition to the money raised, students also collected $1000 worth of additional prizes for an upcoming Nutrition for Learning auction event.

For more information on Nutrition for Learning, click here.

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