2021 Take Out Challenge Event Launches in Saskatoon
For Release – April 30th, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE PROGRESS CLUB SASKATOON DOWNTOWN
2021 Take Out Challenge Launches in Saskatoon
The goal of the event is to raise funds for several local non-profits, as well as increase sales and provide valuable exposure and promotion for 12 locally-owned restaurants in Saskatoon. Each of the participating restaurants in 2021 has also committed to donating 800 meals to Saskatoon’s Friendship Inn.
History Of Take-Out Challenge Event
In 2020 we were very aware that the restaurant industry was being particularly hard hit by the Covid 19 public health restrictions, and that has continued over the course of the pandemic. In addition, non-profits had to cancel, and have been unable to reschedule key fundraising events. This has severely impacted the ability to cover their operational costs and in many cases, they are struggling to fund the important work done in our community. The Canadian Progress Club Saskatoon Downtown wanted to do what they could to help.
Last year’s inaugural Take Out Challenge event was extremely successful. In ‘The Celebrity Challenge’ portion of 2020’s event 18, local celebrities stepped up to partner with the restaurants and worked hard to raise awareness and increase sales. Thanks to the restaurants, celebrities and event sponsors, we raised almost $60,000 for numerous local non-profits, over 4,000 meals were donated to the Friendship Inn, and the locally owned restaurant partners increased their sales and local brand awareness.
The event committee is excited to announce our plans for an even more successful 2021 event. The event will run from May 4th through June 20th, 2021.
Take Out Tuesdays In May
‘Supporting Locally Owned Restaurants Who Support Our Community.’
How Will It Work?
Each Tuesday in May, starting May 4th, we will be encouraging Saskatoon to order takeout from our local restaurant partners. Every Tuesday on a bi-weekly rotation we will be promoting 6 of the 12 restaurants supporting the event. We will be sharing social media posts with information about the restaurants and links to order delicious, local food prepared with care.
By ordering on Take-Out Tuesday, the public is showing their support and appreciation for these 12 locally-owned restaurants that have stepped up to support our community. Each restaurant partner has committed to providing 800 meals to the Friendship Inn, as well as donating 15% of all gift cards sold during the ‘Celebrity Challenge’ portion of the event which happens in June! |
Celebrity Challenge In June
‘Local Celebrities Teaming Up To Support Local Restaurants & Non-Profits.’
In 2021 we are enlisting 24 local celebrities.
The celebrities will be sorted into 12 teams of 2, and each team will partner with one of the restaurants. Between June 4th – June 20th the celebrities are challenged to drive as many gift card sales as possible for their restaurant partner. 15% of ALL Gift Card sales in this period will go to our local non-profit partners. The celebrities will also strive to increase the social likes of their restaurants as much as possible.
2 winners will be announced at the end of the challenge.
We are proud to have a diverse list of restaurant partners to choose from in 2021. From Persian to pizza, ribs to baking some long-time family favourites to some newer restaurants and cafes. All quality-driven, locally-owned & invested in our community. Check out our 2021 Restaurant run down to find out more about each of them and their menus
- Botté Chai Bar
- d’Lish by Tish Cafe
- The Hideout Lounge
- Montana’s (8th Street & Betts locations)
- Rock Creek (McOrmond & Preston locations)
- The Cave
2021 Non-Profit Partners
- Care and Share
- Big Brother Big Sisters Saskatoon
- Help One
- Haven Kids House (formerly Saskatoon Crisis Nursery)
- Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation
- And more…
“We encourage the public to follow us and our partners on social media. “
We would also ask them to share the news of the event with their friends and colleagues. If they order from the restaurant partners we hope it inspires them to share food pics and positive reviews in support of their efforts.
We are extremely grateful to our generous 2021 Take Out Challenge event sponsors. Please visit our 2021 event page for details on our sponsors which will be updated as more are confirmed.
The Canadian Progress Club – Saskatoon Downtown is a men’s service club chartered in 1981 which supports many worthwhile projects in Saskatoon and area. We are part of a national organization that is an all-Canadian Service Club operating in Canada since 1922. The Club is made up of individuals from Saskatoon who have a common interest in bettering our community by helping those in need. In particular, we focus on children’s needs.
See the charities, non-profits and individuals the club has supported here: https://www.saskatoonprogressclub.com/charities/
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO CONTACT FOR INTERVIEW:
Contact: Beau Atkins