The Bridge City Boogie is a major community event based on happiness, well being and the monetary giving to charity. A special thank you to everyone who registered for the 2012 Boogie, you helped raise over $126,000 with proceeds to Saskatoon Crisis Nursery, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Saskatoon, the Saskatchewan Children’s Festival and The Saskatchewan Literacy Network and Raise-a-Reader!
This year’s beneficiaries will be Raise-a-Reader, Saskatoon Crisis Nursery, The Boys and Girls Club of Saskatoon and the Saskatchewan Children’s Festival.
The Postmedia Raise-a-Reader campaign is an award-winning national fundraising initiative designed to increase awareness and raise money to support family literacy programs across Canada. Since its national inception in 2002, this campaign has raised more than $17 million dollars and has grown into a year-round initiative with important fundraising events taking place throughout the year from coast-to-coast, leading up to Raise-a-Reader Day. One hundred per cent of all money raised through The StarPhoenix Raise-a-Reader program will go to our beneficiaries for children’s literacy programs and resources. Since 2002, Raise-a-Reader has distributed over $549,388.21 to local literacy groups and beneficiaries in Saskatoon and area.
The Saskatoon Crisis Nursery is a home away from home for children aged birth through twelve during times of familial crisis and emergency. If there is no alternate care available, parents may leave their children while the problem is being resolved. Offering a safe, loving, homelike environment, the nursery is a service for the entire family. The nursery can accommodate ten children at a time. Each year, the nursery provides shelter to approximately 1,200 children, often having to refuse service due to full capacity. All of our services are free. We rely greatly upon community support, this past year having to raise over $180,000 to remain viable.
The Boys and Girls Club of Saskatoon offer a unique approach to Helping Children One of our key strengths in working with young people is our approach. Boys and Girls Club focus on the positive potential of every child because – we believe in kids! We understand the fundamental importance of nurturing young people’s self–esteem by engaging them in activities that challenge and enrich their minds, bodies and spirits. Thank you to The StarPhoenix and the “Bridge City Boogie” for their on-going support and belief in our program – we simply couldn’t do it without you!
The Saskatchewan Children’s Festival exists to provide a multidisciplinary, multi-media festival of the performing arts, with the goal of challenging the minds and enriching the lives of children and families. The aims and objectives of the Festival are: