MEDIA ADVISORY: Second Cup Co-Founder, Frank O’Dea, shares his rise from homelessness with Calgary’s influencers

Calgary Homeless Foundation’s inaugural Trail Blazer Breakfast is a gathering of 350 business executives, non-profit leaders and community philanthropists

February 27, 2018

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Thursday, March 01, Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) is launching its first annual Trail Blazer Breakfast event, a fundraiser that will bring together community leaders and invite them to take part in the charge to end homelessness in Calgary.

Second Cup Co-Founder Frank O’Dea will be delivering a keynote message chronicling his rise from the streets of Toronto to co-founding a small business that would eventually become the Second Cup coffee chain. To this day, he remains a respected business man and one of Canada’s most admired philanthropists.

All proceeds raised at the event will benefit the work of Calgary Homeless Foundation.

Who:
Diana Krecsy, President & CEO, Calgary Homeless Foundation
Frank O’Dea, Co-Founder, Second Cup 
Sandra Huculak, Managing Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Reputation and Brand, ATB Financial
Karen Young, President & CEO, United Way Calgary and Area
Trent Edwards, Chief Operating Officer, Brookfield Residential Alberta

What:
The Trail Blazer Breakfast is a city-wide invitation to be a part of the transformative work that takes place within the homeless-serving sector in Calgary.

When:
Thursday, March 1, 2018
7:30am – 9:30am

Where:
Hyatt Regency Calgary
Imperial Ballroom
700 Centre St S, Calgary AB T2G 5P6
Calgary

Agenda

8:00: Welcome, Diana Krecsy, President & CEO, CHF
8:02: Opening Prayer, Casey Eagle Speaker, Elder, Blood Tribe
8:05: Opening, Diana Krecsy
8:08: Presenting Sponsor, Sandra Huculak, Managing Director Corporate Social Responsibility Reputation and Brand, ATB Financial
8:15: Networking
8:25: Literary Sponsor, Karen Young, President & CEO, United Way Calgary
8:29: Trail Blazer Video
8:37: Comments, Diana Krecsy
8:42: Speaker Sponsor, Trent Edwards, COO, Brookfield Residential Alberta
8:45: Keynote, Frank O’Dea, Co-Founder, Second Cup
9:25: Closing, Diana Krecsy

Media are invited for the following interviews from 7:15 am – 7:50 am:
Diana Krecsy, President & CEO, CHF
Frank O’Dea, Co-Founder, Second Cup
Sandra Huculak, Managing Director Corporate Social Responsibility Reputation and Brand, ATB Financial
Karen Young, President & CEO, United Way Calgary
Trent Edwards, COO, Brookfield Residential Alberta

Media Inquiries:
Calgary Homeless Foundation
Darcy Halber
Communications Specialist
403-615-7607
darcyh@calgaryhomeless.com

About CHF

Through Systems Leadership and mobilization of collective impact the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) is a catalyst and enabler for Systems and Service Agencies to optimize client success. CHF focuses on four strategic pillars of work; Research and Development, Community Mobilization, Funder of Outcomes and Impact, and Public and Political Will. CHF addresses gaps and identifies best practices to improve the system of care. Through mobilization of collective impact, CHF is committed to moving forward in partnership with the many homeless-serving agencies, the private sector, government partners, the faith community, other foundations and all Calgarians to end homelessness in Calgary. For more information, visit calgaryhomeless.com.