It costs about $3,650 a year – roughly five dollars a meal – for the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) to feed one person.
Although food is the biggest financial pressure on PARC’s budget, it received a big boost when the Boulevard Club presented the west-end drop-in centre with a $63,000 cheque.
“We aren’t always blessed with having access to everything we need and I know for some of the members (at PARC) that is a daily challenge,” said Victor Willis, Executive Director of PARC.
However, PARC has been blessed, Willis said, to have developed strong relationships with other organizations in the neighbourhood including the Boulevard Club Gives Back, the charitable arm of the club membership at the Boulevard Club, a private multi-sport, recreation and social club located in south Parkdale. For the past five years the club has been fundraising in support of PARC.
At the fundraising auction held last fall, the Boulevard Club raised $63,000. Members attended a Winter Solstice celebration at PARC on Dec. 21 to present Victor Willis, executive director, and members of the kitchen staff with the cheque. The money will be used to help PARC provide meals for people who need them.
“Years ago we decided PARC was very similar to the Boulevard Club and very close to our hearts,” said Ann Geddes from the Boulevard Club. “We feed, teach, and provide opportunities for activities and to socialize, just like you do here.”
During the years, the Boulevard Club has become the single largest private donor to PARC and this is the largest amount raised for PARC in the past five years.