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Sleep Cheap to benefit local charities, new hospital

November 21, 2019

Sleep Cheap to benefit local charities, new hospital

16th annual event funds expected to be on par with 2018 edition

Although exact figures have not yet been finalized, it's expected the 16th annual Sleep Cheap Charities Reap event raised about the same amount of money as last year's edition, which was $142,962, says committee chairman Victor Pietrangelo.

"It's a success every single year that it happens," said Pietrangelo, also a veteran city councillor.

"Talking to people, they said there was a lot of buzz and it was very busy."

This year's event ran Nov. 10 to 14 and included 19 Niagara Falls hotels.

The popular event allows Niagara residents to book a hotel room at a reduced price, with money raised donated to local charities.

Sleep Cheap began in 2004 and to date has raised more than $2 million for local charities.

Pietrangelo said this year's WonderFalls Pass, which allowed Niagara residents to visit 10 tourist attractions during Sleep Cheap week for $10 a person, or a family pass for up to six people for $30, raised more than $11,000.

He said between 30 and 40 charities applied to receive funding from this year's Sleep Cheap event.

The Sleep Cheap committee plans to meet in December to decide which charities qualify and how much funding they will receive, said Pietrangelo.

He said a portion of the money raised during the event will go into a specific fund that will benefit the new hospital in Niagara Falls. Construction is anticipated to start in late 2022, with the hospital completed in 2026.

"Last year, we committed to setting aside a portion of the money raised through Sleep Cheap to do something large inside the new hospital. Knowing that the hospital is a few years down the road, it actually gives us the ability to save up a decent amount of money so that we can do something that's impactful," said Pietrangelo.

"Typically speaking, the (provincial) government pays for bricks and mortar of a hospital and it's the community that pays for everything else — all the equipment that's inside of it, so we want to do our part as well."

He said more than $35,000 was set aside for the hospital from last year's event.

905-225-1645 | @RaySpiteri

905-225-1645 | @RaySpiteri

Sleep Cheap to benefit local charities, new hospital

16th annual event funds expected to be on par with 2018 edition

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