Take Out for Charity Celebrity Challenge’s inaugural event was in 2020. Local celebrities were teamed up with a local restaurant. Each celebrity developed a signature dish to promote and sell to the public. $5 from each dish plus any donations the celebrity raised for the cause are tracked as one vote for every dollar. At the end of the event, the winning celebrity was the one who received the most votes at each restaurant. The overall winners were the celebrities who received the most votes, the restaurant dish that sold the most and the restaurant that sold the most dishes.
Proceeds from the event came to just under $60,000 and benefited the Friendship Inn, Haven Kids House (formerly Saskatoon Crisis Nursery), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon, Care and Share, Help One and Local 4 Local.
Each celebrity team did their best to promote and raise awareness of their restaurant partner and raise as much money as possible with gift card sales. The restaurants graciously donated 15% of all gift cards sold in the challenge period – June 4th -20th 2021.
The celebrities also had a secondary goal of increasing their restaurant partners’ social followers and fans on Facebook and Instagram.
The final total raised was over $84,500.
This impressive total is a combination of Sponsorship dollars, where local sponsors stepped up to contribute $71,000 and the 15% of Restaurant Gift Cards sold which was over $13,500!!
In addition to the total amount of cash raised, 9600 meals were also donated to the Friendship Inn from the participating restaurants.