Sharing really is caring: #dinnnerpartyYVR invites Vancourites to share their dinner table in support of local charities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VANCOUVER, BC, March 25, 2014 – #dinnerpartyYVR presented by Cressey features 30 Vancouverites who open their homes and cook a meal for old and new friends to support their favourite charity. This year, the event on April 5 supports 26 different local and Canadian causes that will benefit from Hobby Chefs sharing their homes and dinner. Diners can participate by making a $40 donation to their favourite meal and the associated charity. 100% of the donations benefit the chosen causes.

“It’s amazing to see what can happen when you bring individuals, businesses, organizations, and charities together to create a unique experience that benefits the community. We all have something to share that makes our communities richer, more engaged, and quite frankly, more fun,” says Annika Reinhardt, Founder of Social Bites and producer of #dinnerpartyYVR.

#dinnerpartyYVR presenting partner Cressey is sharing its space, hosting the finale gathering at its Meccanica presentation center. The Cressey After Party will bring together more than 200 guests, Hobby Chefs, partners and charity members to facilitate more interaction and sharing of dinner party stories. The space also features two fully set-up show suites, which will make the event feel just like home.

Local carshare Modo joins #dinnerpartyYVR as transportation partner for the second time, sharing safe rides for diners and hosts to the Cressey After Party and matching all meal donations with the carsharing credits to help local charities deliver critical services throughout Metro Vancouver. In this way, both Modo and Cressey are demonstrating how businesses can support charity and community beyond strictly financial donations.

“Not only does #dinnerpartyYVR foster community through sharing—sharing space, sharing food and sharing in the experience of giving—but it also allows us to support local charities in a unique way,” says Hilary Henegar, Director of Marketing for Modo. “We recognize that transportation can be a huge expense, so we’re proud to able to donate vehicle use to help support the important work these organizations do to increase quality of life in our region.”

For more information about the event and too book a meal, please visit dinnerpartyYVR.com.

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About Social Bites

Social Bites events encourage conversation, community building and good-doing, all around the dinner table. Social Bites promotes inclusiveness and its social dining experiences have touched hundreds of people in and around Vancouver. Social Bites’ latest project, #dinnerpartyYVR, took place for the first time in October 2013 where 30 Hobby Chefs raised over $4,500 for numerous local charities. For more information visit socialbites.ca.

About Cressey Development Group

Cressey is a privately owned, fully integrated project development, construction, marketing and property management company with over 40 years of experience. With over 200 projects to date, Cressey has earned a reputation for constructing landmark developments of unparalleled quality, making them one of the regions most recognized and celebrated builders. The CresseyKitchen™, a prime example of Cressey’s forward thinking design is renowned for its functional walk-through layout, ample storage space, and sleek, seamless design.

About Modo

Modo is Metro Vancouver's only local carshare co-op, since 1997. Thousands of Modo members share access to hundreds of cars, trucks, vans and electrics across Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Surrey, Richmond, UBC and even Horseshoe Bay. Last year, the mission-based, not-for-profit co-operative donated carsharing to more than 60 community organizations. Modo not only shares vehicles but also its booking software, which it donates to carshare startups all over the globe, giving Modo members access to vehicles in those cities, from Nanaimo to New York and São Paulo to Sydney. Learn more about carsharing and Modo at www.modo.coop.

For more information, please contact:

Social Bites
Annika Reinhardt
778.230.4825
info@dinnerpartyyvr.com

Cressey Development Group
Katie Stevens
778.686.0906
katies@talkshopmedia.com

Modo
Hilary Henegar
778.896.0840 / 604.685.1395
hilary@modo.coop