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    Sleep Cheap Charities reap true to its name


    From Niagara This Week:

    True to the name, charities did reap from an annual fundraiser that allows Niagara residents to take advantage of cut rate hotel rooms in Niagara Falls.

    Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati was busy Tuesday, handing out cheques to 18 different organizations who all shared in the $131,075 raised by 2013’s 10th annual Sleep Cheap Charities Reap event, which took place from Nov. 10 to 14. In total, 23 Niagara Inns and Hotels took part. In addition several attraction including the Skylon Tower, Bird Kingdom and Greg Frewin Theatre also took part, offering discounts on admission.

    Attractions open doors for a loonie to help charity

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara museums will go loonie later this month with more than a dozen attractions in the Clifton Hill area offering a deep discount on admission prices for local residents.

    Niagara Falls residents can visit 14 attractions for $1 on Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The popular $1 Museum Day event will raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Canada. More than $12,000 was raised last year.

    The event has been entertaining local residents for the past 24 years.

    “It’s become a second-generation event,” said Nancy Clayton, vice-president of the foundation’s Niagara chapter.

    “Now, we get people who grew up with the event who are now bringing their own kids.”

    Sleep Cheap returns Nov. 13-17

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Sleep Cheap is back for an eighth year with a seven-figure goal in mind.

    The fundraising event that gives Niagara residents the opportunity to stay in local hotels at vastly reduced rates with the proceeds going to charity is looking to cross the million-dollar mark this year. More than $845,000 has been raised so far.

    “We’re within reach,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, who created the concept in 2004 when he was a city councillor. “To help us get there we’ve added a few things.”

    The dates this year are Nov. 13-17, a five-night promotion for the first time ever. In all, 27 hotels will offer 7,800 room nights. The cost of  rooms is unchanged: $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. It is available only to Niagara residents.

    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 off to rousing start

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    One of the city’s top fundraising promotions is off to its usual hot start.

    Founder Jim Diodati says hotel phone lines were buzzing Monday for the first day of bookings for Sleep Cheap Charities Reap. By Tuesday, five of the 28 properties taking part were sold out.

    “The first day there were approximately 1,200 rooms booked,” says Diodati, the two-term city councilor making a bid for the mayor’s seat Monday night.

    “It’s up from last year for the number of rooms booked … but we have more rooms (available) this year.”

    A few “big players” like the Great Wolf Lodge and Fallsview Casino Resort joined the event this year. Originated by Diodati as a way for local residents to enjoy the city’s amenities while helping out local charities, it has raised more than $700,000 its first five years.

    Sleep Cheap bookings open Monday

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    The Niagara Falls Review still doesn’t have their articles up yet (I’m sure they will shortly), but the St Catharines Standard has one:

    The dates are now official: Circle Nov. 15 to 18 on the calendar to Sleep Cheap.

    But act quickly to reserve a room because the hotels participating in this year’s Sleep Cheap Charities Reap event fill up quickly.

    Hotel rooms will become available for booking starting at 7 a.m. Monday.

    “We have a real nice collective mix of properties scattered throughout the city,” said Jim Diodati, the Niagara Falls councillor and mayoral candidate who came up with the idea six years ago and has watched it grow into a huge success.

    Over the past five years, Sleep Cheap has raised more than $700,000 for Niagara charities, without any expenses coming out of the event. “We have 28 properties. That includes all the major hotels and all three of the water parks, which is key, especially for the families,” said Diodati.

    One new thing this year is that half of the proceeds will go to a charity determined by the individual hotel, and the other half goes to the Sleep Cheap committee to divide among charities that apply for funding. I like that idea.

    No news on Sleep Cheap 2010 yet


    I’ve had numerous people email me asking when Sleep Cheap 2010 is going to be. I haven’t received any information, but I would assume the information would be released soon. Looking back on last year, at the beginning of October they were accepting applications from local charities, and then things were announced on Oct 23. In 2008 it was on Oct 17. Obviously we’ll find out very soon when the dates will be for 2010…

    Sleep Cheap rooms still available


    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Rooms are still available for next week’s Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap event in Niagara Falls. Local hoteliers are offering Niagara region residents overnight stays starting at $35 between Nov. 9 to 12. About two-thirds of the rooms have been sold for the event, said organizer Jim Diodati. Some hotels are sold out, especially fallsview rooms and hotels with waterparks. But others still have space.

    Note: This was from Saturday, so it is referring to this week’s Sleep Cheap.

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