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    Sleep Cheap a success

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    More than $168,000 was raised for local charities during the annual Sleep Cheap Charities Reap campaign.

    Participating Niagara Falls hotels and attractions raised $168,789 for 20 charities, including the Brain Injury Association of Niagara, the Salvation Army and the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region.

    Sleep Cheap raises $126,250 for charities

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    From Bullet News Niagara:

    Thanks to the committed efforts of participating Niagara Falls hotels and attractions, this year’s Sleep Cheap event raised $126,250 to benefit local charitable groups.

    This total amount raised for charity over the past eleven years now totals $1,442,825.

    Community support for the event is unparalleled – everybody wins in this fundraiser. Niagara Region residents get the chance to take a break and stay overnight in some of our most luxurious hotels; hoteliers have the opportunity to give back to the community while sharing with the locals the awesome accommodations they have to offer and most importantly, local charities put the proceeds to work in our community.

    Sleep Cheap Charities Reap 2014 Announcement

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    Last week I received the following email newsletter from Sleep Cheap Charities Reap:


    The Sleep Cheap Charities Reap 2012 dates are out!


    Did any of you see John R’s comment about the new Sleep Cheap dates? Apparently the Americana’s Sleep Cheap web site has the dates.

    Sleep Cheap 2012 will be from Sunday, November 11 to Thursday, November 15, 2012.

    Good find John R!

    Cochrane Launches Skywalk 2012

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    From WBEN AM:

    He’s been walking tightropes for 50 years, and Jay Cochrane will be spending his summer walking over a part of Niagara Falls, Ontario. He’ll be walking each night for 12 weeks from Niagara Fallsview Hilton Hotel’s north tower to the top of the Skylon Tower, 600 feet in the air.

    Cochrane says the goal is to help raise money for a pair of children’s charities, the Boys and Girls Club and Tender Wishes, which helps terminally ill children have their wishes granted. “I always have a goal, and I try to surpass it. Instead of setting a limit, I’d rather be able to say I raised more than I expected,” explains Cochrane in not mentioning how much he’d like to raise. The walks are free, as are posters, and spectators can give donations. They can also buy DVDs of his performances, the proceeds of which will go to charities.

    Sleep Cheap exceeds $1-million mark

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    They made it!

    The annual Sleep Cheap Charities Reap event raised $175,988 this year, which pushes their eight year history total over the $1-million mark.

    Mayor Jim Diodati said when they started this event they had no idea that “it would just grow wings and take off like this. We are very proud of the fact that 100 % of the money goes directly to local Niagara charities.”

    The event added a fifth night this year on Sunday, Nov. 13, and organizers were confident they would break the $1-million mark before it wrapped up on Nov. 17.

    Twenty-seven hotels offered a record 7,800 room nights to only Niagara region residents as a way of letting them know what’s available and hopefully spreading the word when family and friends visit this area.

    “This is one of the benefits we have of living in a tourist town for all the locals,” said Diodati.

    Sleep Cheap to be held Nov. 13 to 17 — reservations begin Monday at 7 a.m.


    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Circle Nov. 13 to 17 on the calendar if you want to Sleep Cheap this year.

    The hugely popular “Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap” event gives Niagara residents an opportunity to book a hotel room at a drastically reduced rate which, in turn, raises funds for Niagara-based charities.

    More than $845,000 has been raised to date.

    “We’re within striking distance of hitting the $1 million mark,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, who created the event in 2004 as a way to celebrate the city’s centennial.

    “So, we knew that this year we had to do something a little bit extra.”

    For the first time in its eight-year history, the promotion will run over five nights, from Nov. 13 to 17. And, 27 hotels will offer a record 7,800 room nights.

    The cost of the rooms remain the same as last year: $35 per night for a standard room, $45 for a fallsview room, $65 for a whirlpool room, and $85 for a room with access to a waterpark.

    Sleep Cheap charity nears $1-million mark

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Ten local charities that are being helped this year from the Sleep Cheap Charities Reap fundraiser will be using their money for everything from funding new equipment at the Boys & Girls Club to upgrades to kitchen facilities at the Niagara Falls Community Outreach.

    This year’s event generated $120,444.98, bringing the total amount raised in seven years to just over $830,000.

    Mayor Jim Diodati, who has been the driving force behind the event, said members of the committee who have been working on this project are quite excited because they are closing in on the $1-million mark.

    “Our goal will be to hit it next season. We have already started on coming up with some creative ideas so that we can add some elements of excitement so that we can hit the big mark.”

    Sleep Cheap underway, rooms still available

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    As families started checking into their hotels Monday for what has become a Niagara fall tradition, organizer Jim Diodati says this will be “an odd year” for Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap.

    “It has been great, especially having the water parks all on board and having a great big inventory. It’s been great,” said Diodati, who will become mayor Dec. 6.

    Some hotels have booked the rooms they set aside, but more than a dozen listed vacancies on the city’s website.

    Yet, the organizing committee and participating hoteliers aren’t sure if some behind-the-scenes changes will affect the number of families walking through the doors of the city’s hotels.

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