A Chocolate Affair Fundraiser for the Distress Centre of Ottawa

At Grade A, we feel very fortunate to work with many community organizations that provide vital services and resources to those in need in the Ottawa area. One of those groups is the Distress Centre of Ottawa, a 24/7 volunteer based organization offering confidential, emotional mental health support, crisis intervention, information referral and education services.

Every year, the Distress Centre holds “A Chocolate Affair Gala” to raise funds for their 24/7 crisis phone line services. We’re excited to announce that Grade A will be the title sponsor at the May 28th event! To learn more about the Distress Centre and how you can support
A Chocolate Affair Gala, please read the press release below.

Official Title Sponsorship Announcement

A night of pure indulgence while raising funds for 24/7 crisis line services. 

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, February 26, 2014 — On May 28, 2014, from 6:00-10:00pm, the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region will hold its annual chocolate fundraiser at the Ottawa Convention Centre. This year’s “Chocolate Affair Gala” is sure to please everyone’s taste buds. A four-course, chocolate infused dinner, delectable treats by five local businesses, a silent auction and raffle draws are all on deck for the evening all the while, raising funds for the Distress Centre’s 24/7 crisis phone line services.

The “Chocolate Affair Gala” is sponsored by Grade A. Having assembled over 40 of the most talented and client focused IT professionals in Ottawa, Grade A offers small and medium sized organizations total IT support and IT management. Combining a bilingual service desk, the proactive 24/7 monitoring and management of data, and with virtual CIO management, planning and budgeting, Grade A’s support solutions are crafted to help any business operate more competitively, securely and cost effectively. Grade A has been diligently servicing the IT needs of hundreds of local and national clients for over 10 years. Grade A is also committed to community involvement and the support of many local charities in our area.

The Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region provides an integral, vital and important service to our communities. With a volunteer team of 200+ individuals, who have all completed 59 hours of training, answer over 42,000 calls for help each year. Calls can be about a simple question, or the caller can be in crisis. Volunteers are trained in active listening, suicide intervention, and understanding that every call is different. Calls received surround topics in relationships, substance abuse, mental health disorders, stress, anxiety, depression, interpersonal problems, sexuality, employment, financial and suicide ideations. Phones are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For more information, visit: www.dcottawa.on.ca

This is the 7th annual chocolate fundraiser put on by the Distress Centre. With 230 tickets to be sold, and an estimated silent auction value of $15,000, the Distress Centre is anticipating an amazing event! Tickets are $100 each, and can be purchased by calling 613-238-1089 x 222. Interviews and photo ops may be requested by contacting Leslie Scott, Community Relations Coordinator [email protected] or 613-238-1089 x 222.

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