Fundraiser to support poverty in Lethbridge

The annual Sapphire Benefit Dinner put on by Streets Alive Mission is receiving a twist. Due to the pandemic restrictions, the nonprofit group was not able to hold their biggest fundraising event like years past. Now the event is called, Sapphire Dinner ‘in A Box’. Jennifer Lepko, the Director of Fund Development at Streets Alive, says the funds will go towards people in our community facing poverty.

Lepko says, “It’s something a little different than what we’ve ever done before. The goal is to also support local businesses as well.”

Those who purchase a Sapphire Dinner ‘in a Box’ receive a $75 gift card to a locally-owned restaurant, wine glasses with sparking juice, linen napkins, a candle, a leather keychain, charm, and chocolate. There will also be stories from people who have received help through Streets Alive Mission. “We have some real and raw stories that we’re including in the box. We’re also including the businesses that have really supported this initiative. We want to support them back,” adds Lepko.

There are 250 boxes available, but Lepko says they are flying off the shelves.

Prize draws will be on Facebook from the Mission on June 30 at 6pm, and everyone can take part in the online auction from June 25-30.

You can order your own box before 5pm on June 30 at

Micah Quinn

After graduating from Mount Royal University in Calgary with a Broadcasting Diploma, Micah made the trek down to Lethbridge to work for Bridge City News. He has previously worked at City TV Calgary on the Breakfast Television morning show. He looks forward to connecting with this community, and reaching a new audience. Micah has a passion for interviewing and finding out why people think the way they do. You’ll often find him pursuing local feature stories and hard news.

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