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United Way Ottawa's Schmoozefest a Great Success

United Way Ottawa's Schmoozefest a Great Success

On Wednesday, October 30, United Way Ottawa hosted its 8th annual Schmoozefest, a unique networking event that brings together Ottawa’s current and future community leaders.

United Way Ottawa’s Next Generation Cabinet designs Schmooze which, this year, included an impressive lineup of “People 2 Know” and mingle with. Entrepreneurs, media celebrities, philanthropists, politicians and city councillors met to share stories, experiences and socialize.

City Hall’s Jean Pigott Place was absolutely packed with people meeting new people and engaging conversations. Between the interesting and diverse group of people and relaxing atmosphere, it was an ideal setting for schmoozing- not to mention the phenomenal food that could convince anyone eggrolls should be their own food group.

United Way Ottawa CEO, Michael Allen, City Councillor Mathieu Fleury and Majic 100’s Anjie Poirier
United Way Ottawa CEO, Michael Allen, City Councillor Mathieu Fleury and Majic 100’s Anjie Poirier

In addition to being an opportunity to network and meet new people, Schmoozefest is also a fundraiser for United Way Ottawa’s community campaign with this year’s proceeds going towards the Lunch Box program.

The Lunch Box program is in conjunction with United Way Ottawa and the Grocery Foundation. This organization helps to provide the materials and knowledge and preparation skills needed to make healthy lunches for children and families living in shelters. This year’s goal was to raise $25,000 but United Way Ottawa surpassed that significantly raising over $31,000. Lunch bags were sold for $10 which is enough to feed a child for a week. With the $31,000 raised, it is enough to feed the whole program for an entire year!

Without a doubt, this year’s Schmoozefest was a total success not only in connecting new people but simultaneously raising money for a great cause and having fun doing it. There can’t be a better way to spend a Wednesday night.

CTV’s Kimothy Walker, United Way Ottawa’s Max Keeping and CBC’s Karen Soloman
CTV’s Kimothy Walker, United Way Ottawa’s Max Keeping and CBC’s Karen Soloman

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