Generosity on the Coldest Night of the Year
Toronto, ON – Among the rolling hills, charming cottages and pastures of horses grazing in the picturesque countryside of the Caledon area, there are single mothers and underemployed people struggling to feed and clothe themselves and their families. Rayissa Palmer was one of five members of the Terra Cotta Professional Women in Business group to participate in the Coldest Night of the Year on February 22, 2020. This nation-wide event funds programs to help lift people out of poverty so that families may thrive. Rayissa’s team raised an impressive $4,370.
“The Terra Cotta Women Rock team was number one in local fundraising for Caledon’s first ever Coldest Night of the Year walk in support of Caledon Community Services,” says Rayissa. “We raised $4,370 achieving 145% of our original goal of $3,000! For the event in Caledon, there were 143 walkers and collectively we raised more than $23,050.”
Rayissa is a Broker with Sutton Group - Old Mill Realty Inc.* and a member of the Terra Cotta Professional Women in Business group. In addition to mentorship, philanthropy is their key focus. They regularly support local charities by fundraising, gift giving and volunteering. Five of their members participated in the Coldest Night of the Year. Their contributions will benefit Caledon Community Services (CCS) (www.ccs4u.org), which strives to provide food, clothing, transportation and job search assistance to those in need.
Caledon has been a base for Rayissa and her mother Sandy for 13 years. They began with purchasing a cottage and found they enjoyed the community so much that three years ago, they purchased a home in Terra Cotta. “We are delighted to join in local charitable efforts not only in Toronto, but in our new hometown of Terra Cotta and the Town of Caledon.”
Monty Laskin, CEO of CCS, appreciates having “great friends” in Rayissa and her mother Sandy. “They are warm-hearted, and their genuine gifts of time and treasure make it possible for our neighbours here in Caledon to receive the support they need when they are struggling.” Pictured left: Monty Laskin, CEO of CCS, with Rayissa Palmer
Nationally, the Coldest Night of the Year 2020 raised $5,900,035 through the efforts of 23,645 walkers, 5,847 volunteers and 79,956 donors. For details, visit www.cnoy.org.
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