Guest post by Jessica Hughes, Director of Community Development for United Way Central New Brunswick
Last month in Fredericton, United Way of Central New Brunswick hosted our community’s first ever Timeraiser. Being only the third city on the east coast of Canada to try to run a Timeraiser, many were anxious to see what we were capable of! Fredericton is a city small in size, but big in heart. We are a vibrant city and a thriving mecca of art, culture, and history. So when it came to the idea of hosting a Timeraiser, it was a no-brainer for our community.
Fredericton is still riding waves of bliss after the November 7th event! We had over 200 attendees make their way through the maze of art and charities at an old multi-level dance club in the downtown core that United Way re-purposed specifically for this event.
We are ecstatic to have raised 1,400 hours for local charities and non-profits in our community and to have invested $7,000 in local artists. Aside from surpassing our goal of raising 1,000 hours, we had SO MUCH FUN swing dancing the night away to live performances by the Alex Bailey Swing Band, mingling with local charities and of course, bidding hours on some amazing art. Plans are already underway for the 2nd Fredericton Timeraiser in 2016!