An estimated 165 people spent the night sleeping outside in South Surrey on Nov. 5, as part of Joseph Richard Group’s second annual ‘Sleep Out’ event, raising more than $150,000 for youth homelessness. (Photos: Submitted, Facebook)

Surrey-based Joseph Richard Group ‘Sleep Out’ raises $150K for youth homelessness

Roughly 165 people spent the night sleeping in a South Surrey parking lot

More than 100 people spent the night sleeping on the pavement in South Surrey on Nov. 5 to raise funds – and awareness – for youth homelessness.

The second annual “Sleep Out” fundraiser, an initiative of Fraser Valley-based restaurant franchise giant Joseph Richard Group (JRG), raised more than $156,000 this time around, to be donated to Covenant House Vancouver and Youth Unlimited.

The estimated 165 people who bundled up and took part spent the night, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., in the parking lot of Grandview Corners Shopping Centre, next to JRG’s S + L Kitchen & Bar (16051 24 Ave.).

“It was just amazing to see the support this event has generated,” said Ryan Moreno, CEO and co-founder of JRG, in a release.

Moreno first participated in Covenant House Vancouver’s Sleep Out: Executive Edition two years ago and felt that more could be done.

From that experience, Moreno’s idea for a Fraser Valley “sleep out” was born.

In the event’s inaugural year, the group raise more than $115,000.

“Last year was great to see the staff really get behind it but this year it has gone to a whole new level with friends, family and other local business and community leaders getting involved. We hope next year can be even bigger and continue to grow annually,” added Moreno.

This year, JRG extended the invitation to friends, family and other local business and community leaders to get involved and help raise awareness for homeless youth and the community responded.

See also: VIDEO: Restaurant workers sleep on Surrey streets, raising more than $100K (2017)

A long list of businesses organized teams to take part in the South Surrey sleep out this year, including Dana Matheson (C&D Logistics), Jen Hamilton (Oxygen Yoga), Darian Kovacs (Jelly Marketing), Randy Watson (Village Church), Matt Dryfhout (Scout Technology Guides), Angie Quaale (Well Seasoned), San Bhatha (Southridge Dental), George (A&W South Surrey), Mike Penno (Penno Plumbing), Mackenzie (SPINCO Cloverdale), Ryan Cyr (Semiahmoo Minor Hockey Coaches), Rob Visnjak (Rob Visnjak Personal Real Estate Corporation), Renee (Mountain View Veterinary Hospital), Aaron Steinfeld (Newton Hi Quality Meats), Will Loftus (Game Ready Fitness), Brandon Drewlo (Novacom Building Partners), Dave (Sparo Mortgage Advisors) and Chris Wakefield (Tim Horton’s).

Moreno and fellow JRG co-founder Andre Bourque are now readying to participate in this year’s Covenant House Vancouver: Executive Edition Sleep Out on Nov. 15th in downtown Vancouver, where they will sleep on the streets for a second night.

Donations are still being taken to support the cause at jrgsleepout.com.

JRG is made up of 25 public houses, restaurants and liquor retail outlets in BC and Alberta. Visit jrg.ca to learn more.

Just Posted

South Surrey woman mastering the stuff that matters

KonMari method, developed in Japan, draws on heart connection

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Remember when? Historical society invites Surrey residents to reminisce

Surrey Historical Society continues to collect, record history in ‘memory social’ series

Delta man charged with attempted murder after Monday night stabbing

The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

B.C. chief says they didn’t give up rights for gas pipeline to be built

Hereditary chief: no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en land

Thieves steal thousands from 140 Coast Capital Savings members

Online fraud tactics included phising and ‘brute force’ in November and December

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

UPDATE: B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Dog shot in foot with BB gun during cellphone sale at SkyTrain station

William Ayers, 28, is facing a number of charges after incident in Burnaby

Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Man, two children sent to hospital after Vancouver carbon monoxide leak

Nine people were evacuated from the home in south Vancouver

Most Read