Team BCO is dusting off our parkas and winter boots, and getting ready to hit the pavement to help those in need. On February 20, we will be co-hosting our second annual Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) fundraiser with the Okotoks Food Bank Association.
What is CNOY?
CNOY is a family-friendly walk that raises money for local charities working to help people experiencing homelessness, hurt and hunger across Canada.
COVID-19 and Public Health Restrictions
This year more than ever, CNOY is all about community- how we can work together (even when we can’t physically be together,) to help those in need. Due to current public health restrictions, CNOY 2021 will be held virtually in Okotoks, with all participants choosing their own routes to walk in town, either individually or in socially distanced teams.
A Legacy of Kindness and Charitable Giving
Last year, our inaugural CNOY event inspired over 120 participants to come together, demonstrating the resilience and compassionate spirit that makes our community such an amazing place to live. They walked a mile or two in the shoes of the hungry, homeless, and vulnerable, and in doing so raised over $15, 000.00 for local charitable initiatives led by BCO and the Okotoks Food Bank. This year we are building on that amazing success, increasing our fundraising goal to $30,000.00, with 11 teams registered so far and more joining every day.
How Can I Get Involved?
Visit www.cnoy.org to donate, register to walk or start your own team to join in some good-natured competition!
Together, we can make sure nobody gets left out in the cold!
What a fantastic day! Our first CNOY- Okotoks 2020 co-hosting with Okotoks Food Bank Association was a great success! We had over 120 amazing folks from our community share in a walk for the hungery, homeless or hurt.
We are incredibly grateful to our volunteers that welcomed everyone, managed routes and rest stops, our registration team that registered our walkers to our food team that made the delicious community meal for all to enjoy.
Thank you to all our amazing teams! You raised over $15,000.00 to date! Thank you for your dedication and your big hearts for thinking of others first, caring for your community and those who are vulnerable. We loved meeting your families and friends as you all gathered to share an evening that was one we at BCO will not forget! And to our donors WOW! Thank you so much for all your support!
To our sponsors and community business leaders that supported our event: Thank you for all you do in our community and your continuous compassion for charity!
It’s not too late if you would still like to donate to a team, individual or to CNOY-Okotoks the link will remain active for 1 more week.
All of us at BCO are forever grateful for every part, every action and all the compassion and kindness you brought in making CNOY- Okotoks a great success!
Mark your calendars and we will see you at CNOY-Okotoks 2021💛
We hope you can join us on February 22nd and support a community we hold so dear to our hearts. We are still in great need of volunteers! Please feel free to sign up directly on the CNOY Okotoks page or reach out to us directly.
Check out this excellent video by Coldest Night of the Year:
We are beyond thrilled to be hosting the Okotoks Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser in partnership with the Okotoks Food Bank.
We are gearing up our teams and getting ready to spread some community love on February 22nd, 2020!
We would love your support--where’s your passion? Team captain? Or do you want to be part of a team? We have a spot for you! Volunteer for one of the many spots available. Or maybe you would like to sponsor part part of our community walk? Reach out to us today and we will help to get you all set up!
Sign up today to run, walk or donate! #community #charity #fundraising #giveback
Thanks everyone for your big hearts, your time and your donations that made our annual Christmas Feast a huge success!
We had 29 volunteers this year and served 31 families consisting of a grand total of 139 individuals, which includes 68 children! It was a day full of gratitude, community spirit and friendship!
"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." – Coretta Scott King
We could not end such a wonderful heartfelt morning without joining back together at Hubtown to extend the feeling that filled our hearts today in children receiving gifts from Santa and all the makings for a Christmas feast!
Special thanks to our amazing supporters in the community, without whom we would not have been able to serve our community today:
Sheep River Health Trust
Hub Town Brewing
Pet Valu (Okotoks, AB - Southbank)
PetSmart (200 Southridge Dr, Ste 681, Okotoks, Alberta)
Christmas Angels - Judy and Louise
Latter Day Saints in Okotoks (Teen group - our giftwrapping team!)
And to Sobeys Okotoks our partner for 3 years now, their dedication and compassion to our community is beyond remarkable! Thank you, David, Jamie and Bruce for always for simply being the humble kind souls you are!
Read the Okotoks Online Article Here: https://okotoksonline.com/local/baby-it-s-cold-outside-bundling-up-for-coldest-night-of-the-year
We are incredibly humbled and so very grateful to the amazing team at Bar None Ranches for their heartfelt words and generous donation of $5,000.00.
Here is a peak into the beautiful message we received today ...
"It was our pleasure to be able to help with such a worthy charity! I am just so grateful that there are people like you and your organization in this world. Without people's hard work, compassion and time, these charities would not exist! Thank you🙏🏻"
We are Incredibly grateful for the wonderful donation we received from Carlin Howden and Mark Klaudt from The Original Essential Oils Kitchen from their fun and fantastic Beer and Burger event!
A huge thanks to their amazing sponsors Pre Pak Meats of Calgary, COBS Bread , Hub Town Brewing, @fahr brewery, Hard Knox Brewery, Six Corners Brew Works and @high river brewery. A big thank-you to Mike Sands for entertaining us for the afternoon!
Nothing better than beer, burgers, and crazy talent all in support of offering a hand up to those in need!
What an honour to be nominated! We are incredibly humbled to sit in such amazing company! Thank you to all who support BCO in offering a hand up to vulnerable citizens in our communities.
Together we make the difference.
Incredibly grateful to CDBloom Studio for their support to BCO and the community!
"WOW! Our hearts are full! Thank You everyone for joining us this past Saturday to celebrate our 1st Anniversary. Together we raised $1,500.00 for 2 local charities: Orenda Society - Empower Mind & Baby it's Cold Outside. We are so grateful for each and every one of you who have supported us over these last 12 months & we look forward to serving you, our community, in the years ahead. See you soon, Cindy & Jim"
We couldn’t be more grateful for the amazing turnout in support for the BCO Jail and Bail at the MarketSquare Artisan Markets Spring Fling.
We had an amazing line up of BCO jailers that made this event the great success that it was in raising a total of $4780.00!
We have so many people to thank:
Brad Mauro Digipower Design and Print Centre
Chrissy Mouland Loop Kids Consignment & New
Beverly Ryan iDental Okotoks
Julie Matchett JD Accounting Services
Tanya Thorn - Okotoks Town Councillor
Jeannine Coupland Evolve Wellness
Tanya Douglas Pure Envy Salon & Spa Ltd
Laurene Palmiere Band
Special thanks to:
Ron and Sheila Hughes
Jim Boudreau CDBloom Studio
Megan Wozniak Created by MarketSquare
The George Traditional House
Can’t wait until next year!
We are a charitable organization based in Alberta, Canada. We are devoted to helping the homeless through various fundraising events, clothing and essentials drives, and our eventual goal is transitional housing.