MEDIA ADVISORY

Chez Doris

From a $ 10,000 proposal to a major donation that will propel the organization

MONTREAL, April 29, 2018 – On Sunday, May 6, 2018, Chez Doris will announce all the details of a major donation received from a generous Montrealer. After having almost closed its doors in 2014, this exceptional and unexpected gift, made possible thanks to the advice and guidance of an accountant, will allow Chez Doris to realize its mission on a larger scale.

Chez Doris will honour the donor as part of its annual Tea Time fundraising event, which will bring together 200 guests at Concordia University’s Grey Nuns’ Pavilion. A testimonial video of three clients, from the Francophone, Allophone, and Aboriginal communities, will relate their experiences with Chez Doris, the only day shelter open to women 7 days a week in Greater Montreal.

When: Sunday, May 6, 2018
• 2 PM: Doors open
• 3 PM: Start of the event with the MC, Isabelle Racicot
• 3:10 PM: Tribute to the donor by Talar Dikijian, President of the Board and Marina Boulos-Winton, Executive Director
• 5 PM: End of the event

Where: Reception Hall of Concordia University’s Grey Nun’s Pavilion, located at 1190 Guy Street.

Media Opportunities: Sunday, May 6 from 2 PM to 5 PM:
• Interview with Marina Boulos-Winton, Executive Director
• Interview with the accountant, Harold Merton, who advised the donor in his decision-making
• Interview with a client of Chez Doris who will talk about her trajectory
• Photo op with the donor, the President of the Board and Executive Director of Chez Doris
• Capture of footage during Chez Doris’ Tea Time event

Possibility of on-site interviews upon request. The media may also schedule an interview with the organization’s Executive Director at any time on Sunday, May 6 from 9 am to 7 pm and Monday, May 7 from 6:30 am to 7 pm.

Images of Chez Doris’ day shelter can be provided as well as the testimonial video of three of the organization’s clients.

In addition, Marina Boulos-Winton will launch an appeal to the public to contribute funds and in-kind items to meet the growing needs of the organization.

About Chez Doris
Chez Doris offers services and programs to provide for women’s most basic and immediate needs related to coping with homelessness, poverty, mental illness and/or addictions. It is the only women’s day shelter in Montréal open 7 days a week, from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Services include: breakfast and lunch; access to showers, hygienic products, and a clothing depot; emergency food bags; 6 respite beds; telephone information and referral assistance; custodial services and a financial management program; an Inuit assistance program; an Aboriginal housing program; health and mental health services; legal & tax filing services; as well as educational and socio-recreational integration programs. Chez Doris receives up to 100 women per day, which represents approximately 26,000 visits per year, and provides more than 37,000 meals annually. www.chezdoris.org

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To schedule interviews or photo opportunities:
Véronique Arsenault, Communications, Exponentiel Conseil
Cell. : 514-238-6836
varsenault@exponentielconseil.com

SOURCE: Chez Doris Women’s Shelter Foundation
Marina Boulos-Winton, Executive Director
Cell.: 514-654-7597
marina.boulos@chezdoris.org