The Benny&Co. Foundation, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, raised more than $90,000 in the third edition of its Annual Fundraiser, with the support of spokespeople Benjamin Gratton (Monde de Benjamin) and his father, Mathieu Gratton. The proceeds will be used to fund more than sixty summer camp experiences for young people with special needs, allowing them to have fun at a camp adapted to their requirements. The three organizations supported by the initiative are Camp Papillon, le Camp Massawippi et la Société franco-ontarienne de l’autisme.
Throughout the month of April, Benny&Co. customers were invited to make donations in their restaurants. Each location also joined the cause by donating $0.50 to Benny&Co. Foundation for each meal sold from the kid’s menu, thus doubling their usual involvement. The Foundation would like to thank the loyal Benny&Co. customers in the restaurant’s 79 locations in Quebec and Ontario, as well as their employees and partners, for their generosity during the 2023 Annual Fundraiser.
“In Quebec, approximately 100,000 families have a minor child with a disability. As a result, their parents face significant financial challenges due to their professional constraints and the special needs of their children. One thing is certain: There is a lack of resources available in Quebec. This year, the Benny&Co. Foundation is once again contributing, in its own way, to offer respite to more than sixty families and we hope to do more, year after year,” said Yves Benny, President of the Benny&Co Foundation.
Since its creation, this annual event has allowed more than 220 young people to experience a moment of fulfillment in an adapted camp, while giving a moment of respite to their parents or caregiver. The respite becomes a breath of fresh air that allows parents to maintain a balanced social life and to enjoy a little rest in order to better give back to their child. In addition to stays adapted for young people, the Foundation supports projects and initiatives of other organizations and groups whose mission is in line with its values.
To make a difference in the life of a family, you can make an online donation to the Benny&Co. Foundation by clicking here.
About Benny&Co. Foundation
Created in 2013, the Benny&Co. Foundation’s mission is to contribute to the well-being of young people with special needs by facilitating and increasing the accessibility of adapted stays, while giving parents a chance to recharge. Since its creation, the Benny&Co. Foundation has donated more than $1,500,000 to organizations in line with its mission.
About Camp Papillon
Located in Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez in northern Lanaudière, Camp Papillon is one of the largest adapted camps in North America. The team offers young people living with a disability the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities in a safe and adapted summer camp that welcomes close to 500 campers each year.
About Camp Massawippi
Camp Massawippi offers sports, recreation and leisure activities in a bilingual setting for children and adults with physical and multiple disabilities through its summer and respite camps in Ayer’s Cliff and its day camp in Montreal.
About the Société franco-ontarienne de l’autisme
The Société Franco-Ontarienne de l’Autisme’s primary mission is to respond to the needs of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families in order to meet their needs and promote their rights. The SFOA oversees Camp Été Fou, the first specialized francophone camp in Ontario to integrate neurotypical children with children with ASD, promoting the development of communication and social interactions of children with ASD.