And what a pancake it was.
Yesterday, supporters of LITE (Local Investment Towards Employment) held their 15th annual Blueberry pancake Breakfast, which is their largest fundraiser of the year at the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre at 45 Robinson. LITE Began in the late 90’s as a response to the dramatic decline in grocery store sales during the Christmas season due to the high rate of donated hamper usage in the inner city. As a result, they created a hamper program that purchased products from inner city businesses.
This event took place and was a fantastic opportunity for Winnipeg’s Inner City to come together. The Masters of Ceremony for the event were Bubba B the MC and yours truly, Michael Redhead Champagne. The entire City of Winnipeg (on Twitter) was also kept alive as @northendmc with the #winnipeg hash tag. There were many opportunities to eat, enjoy some awesome live entertainment and engage in the beautiful gifts that the inner city of Winnipeg has to share. There were raffle tickets to Winnipeg Jets games, tickets to any place WestJet flies and a variety of other basket prizes. We were able to serve THE most delicious pancakes ever.
We also had an excellent range of entertainment including:
This dance school, only a year old has succeeded in bridging contemporary with traditional with a variety of dance styles, mixed with culture and a variety of ages, including little ones.
We also had the likes of:
As you can see, it was a ridiculoursly awesome occasion and my personal highlight came when Fred invited myself and Bubba up on stage to sing a REMIX of some of his biggest hits! Fred Penner was the person who gave me my very first Cassette Tape when I was going to David Livingstone Elementary School on Flora Avenue. Represent the vintage, and shout out to Fred Penner!
Volunteers Made the LITE World Go Round
The event was indeed a rousing success. We had several live feeds to HOT 103, presentations from the Winnipeg Foundation and Assiniboine Credit Union and of course, tons of fun courtesy of your MCs. Thanks to the hard working volunteers that organized, cooked and sit on the Board of Directors and continue to steer the ship, set a trend and provide hope and LITE for inner city employment.