Jan. 8, 2014, Victoria, BC – The votes are cast and the donations are counted and, during its fifth year, the public’s donations to Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase at Inn at Laurel Point reached $21,531 for Habitat for Humanity Victoria, a $5,500 increase over the 2012 figure.
Close to 3,500 votes were cast by the public and “Calling All Muggles” by Jennifer Dumont was declared the winner of the 2013 People’s Choice Award. Dumont joins professional category winner Chef April Iverson of Inn at Laurel Point for her “Steampunk Cinderella” creation.
All the funds raised are used to support Habitat for Humanity Victoria and its efforts to make affordable homeownership possible for low-income families living in the Victoria region. In 2012, the event resulted in donations totalling more than $16,000. All funds went towards supporting the building of new homes for low-income families living in the Victoria region.
“Our goal is to help raise awareness and funds for Habitat for Humanity Victoria” says Ian Powell, managing director of Inn at Laurel Point. “Every year the public continues to show their love for these amazing works of art as well as this fantastic foundation we are proud to call our partner.”
“We cannot thank the Inn at Laurel Point, the incredible chefs, and all of the people who came out to see the Showcase enough for supporting our efforts to provide affordable homeownership right here in Greater Victoria,” says Yolanda Meijer, executive director of Habitat Victoria. “What a wonderful community event.”
Images of the entries from Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase are available here.
About Inn at Laurel Point
Inn at Laurel Point is an elegant, Pacific Rim-inspired waterfront hotel located downtown on Victoria’s Inner Harbour. It was the first carbon-neutral hotel in BC and, Condé Nast Traveler has rated the Inn as one of the top 25 hotels in Canada. For more information about Inn at Laurel Point, visit www.laurelpoint.com.
About Habitat for Humanity Victoria
Habitat for Humanity Victoria works in tandem with Habitat organizations from around the globe towards a vision of a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. The charity works to break a cycle of poverty by mobilizing volunteers and community partners to help build affordable homes for purchase by local hard-working, low-income families. For more information, visit www.habitatvictoria.com.
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