Modo gives #dinnerpartyYVR charities and donors a lift
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On Saturday, October 19th more than 200 Vancouverites will convene in 30 homes across the city to share a special meal with strangers while raising funds and awareness for 24 local charities. Social Bites’ #dinnerpartyYVR, presented by Chimp, is Vancouver’s largest, most socially inclusive dining experience and Modo The Car Co-op—no stranger to sharing with strangers—is steering the wheel to deliver carsharing to both diners and charities.
As transportation sponsor, Modo is offering rides to diners and hobby chefs to the giant dessert after-party at a special edition of Hawkers Market, recruiting a team of its member-volunteers to serve as chauffeurs for the evening.
In addition, Modo is matching dollar-for-carsharing-dollar all #dinnerpartyYVR monies raised for charity. This means that each ticket purchased for the event is contributing both cash and cars (or rather, 300 cars, trucks, vans, and electrics) to help local charities deliver critical services throughout Metro Vancouver. In this way, Modo, a not-for-profit locally operated co-operative, is demonstrating how businesses can support charity and community beyond strictly financial donations.
“We are proud to participate in #dinnerpartyYVR,” says Hilary Henegar, Director of Marketing for Modo The Car Co-op. “Not only does the event foster community through sharing—sharing space, sharing food and sharing in the experience of giving—but it also offers us the opportunity to demonstrate our support for local charities in a unique way. 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.”
One of the tasty dishes from #dinnerpartyYVR Vegan Fall Medley meal
Henegar says she hopes to see more businesses in the region donate not just cash but also their own service and product offerings to nurture the good works of those in their communities. The Red Cross, the David Suzuki Foundation, the BC SPCA, BC Children’s Hospital, the Vancouver Food Bank, and A Loving Spoonful are just a smattering of the participating charities.
Annika Reinhardt, co-organizer of the event and founder of Social Bites, said she’d had the mission-based carshare high on her list of event partners, as Modo’s values and goals align so well with the sentiment behind #dinnerpartyYVR.
“Modo works on creating a sharing environment that goes well beyond cars,” says Annika of the partnership. “They are keen on connecting with people and communities to encourage sharing on an emotional level. I’m thrilled to be able to count Modo among our partners!”
There are still tickets available for some of the dinners and 100% of the $35 ticket price will be donated back to chosen charities via presenting sponsor, Chimp. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, please visit www.socialbites.ca.
For more information about Modo, please visit www.modo.coop.