Friends of the Wise Guys Charity Fund
Thanks to all our Sponsors, Volunteers and Participants!
The Wise Guys Charity Fund began with a simple goal in mind: to improve the quality of life in the Niagara Region. We started out raising funds for the YMCA, but just couldn’t stop there. We realized that there were so many other organizations and individuals in Niagara who needed our support. Why not do as much good as possible? So, we changed our strategy. We started raising funds for as many worthy causes as we could, especially the ones that don’t get the kind of publicity they deserve.
We thought we were just helping out; we didn’t realize we were creating a legacy.
Over the years, we started providing financial assistance to as many organizations as possible. This led us on some incredible adventures, and allowed us to support some inspiring projects along the way. We’ve helped women’s shelters, mentorship programs, advocacy centres, and more fight for the causes they care so much about. We’ve received tremendous support from the community along the way, which is the most rewarding part – watching community form and care for its members.
Now, the Wise Guys Charity Fund has grown into a widely-recognized charity in the Niagara Region. We can’t give full credit to one specific individual, but we can be grateful for the efforts of the collective. Together, we accomplish so much more than we ever could alone. Together, we’ve created a new way to care for our home.
We believe in supporting Niagara with every resource we can spare. We believe in finding new resources when we don’t have any to spare. Are you ready to pitch in?
Thursday, September 10, 2020@ TBD
Thursday, April 15, 2021@ 6:00 PM
Friday, June 11, 2021
Downtown St. Catharines
Friday, July 16, 2021
Tuesday, July 20, 2021@ 5:30pm
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Sunday, August 8, 2021
Red Roof Retreat provides programs for children and young adults with special needs in the Niagara Region. As a new charity, Wise Guys Charity readily saw the need for what we did, and were instrumental in helping us purchase a wheelchair accessible van and promote our work. Again this year, they were one of the first and most generous to help build an accessible playground. It’s such a honour to be backed by a group of people who work tirelessly to support us, so that we can in turn can help others. Saying “Thank you” never seems like enough, but we are deeply honoured to be recognized by the Wise Guys.
Niagara Region Public Health has been the beneficiary of the generosity of the Wise Guys Charity’s dedicated, caring volunteers and business partners regarding development of the Health Bus initiative. In particular Chuck Smith’s vision and energy were instrumental in providing support and encouragement for the initiation of outreach public health care service to vulnerable, marginalized individuals in Niagara. The Health Bus initiative has also enabled Niagara Region Public Health to maintain current and build new partnerships with numerous community organizations that serve this priority population. The Health Bus is but one example of how the Wise Guys Charity has responded to the needs of disadvantaged residents of the Niagara community. A number of Health Bus clients have cited how services provided on the bus assisted and supported them to make decisions toward a healthy lifestyle. NRPH wishes continued success for the Wise Guys Charity in pursuit of this benevolent mission.
On behalf of Bethlehem Projects of Niagara, I would like to congratulate Wise Guys Charity for their 20 years of giving back to the community. They have certainly lived up to their mission “to improve the quality of life within the Niagara Region”. Their fundraising efforts have resulted in more than $1.5 million being donated to local charities. Thanks to the support of Wise Guys Charity Fund and others in the community, we have seen our dream of building a 40 unit affordable, supportive apartment building in St. Catharines become a reality. Following this success we are nearing completion of a similar building in Niagara Falls and again Wise Guys Charity has stepped up to the plate with a substantial pledge to make this possible. We wish Wise Guys Charity continued success for many years to come and applaud their ongoing commitment to improving life in their community.