Alzheimer Society Coffee Break Raises $30,000 for Windsor-Essex
A Fundraising Campaign By the Community, For the Community

February 11, 2015, Windsor, Ontario. The Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County‘s Coffee Break 2014 campaign raised $30,600 – a little over its goal of $30,000.

“Coffee Break is a great campaign, not only because it raises funds that allow us to serve more, but also because it engages the community,” says Sally Bennett Olczak, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County.

A total of 91 businesses, organizations, and groups raised the amount by hosting Coffee Breaks. Colonial Coffee, a Windsor-based company, provided all the coffee and coffee-making supplies for the campaign – enough to make 8,000 cups of coffee.

The top Coffee Break fundraisers for 2014 were:

  • Bulk Barn (5 stores) - $6101
  • CenterLine (Windsor) Ltd - $5294
  • Green Shield & Unifor Local 240 - $2571
  • FreshCo (6 stores) - $1806
  • Seasons Amherstburg - $1400
  • Ministry of the Attorney General - $1028
  • University of Windsor Odette Commerce Society - $751.63
  • Kensington Court Retirement Home - $639.44
  • Westminster United Church - $615
  • Banwell Gardens Care Centre - $600
  • Rafih Autogroup - $525.41
  • Trios College - $500

The top three fundraisers were featured in Biz X Magazine, the campaign’s media sponsor.

Benett Olczak adds, “Our Coffee Break hosts outdid themselves with their creativity. They added bake sales, raffles, and other strategies to encourage their participants to give more.”

Seasons Amherstburg put up an Italian Kissing Booth. The Church of the Redeemer provided a baked potato bar and a chocolate fountain. Family Respite Services decorated their room to look like a café and played background music.

Even the Alzheimer Society did something out of the box: for one morning, they transformed their parking lot into a Coffee Break drive-through. Patrons were happy to make their morning coffee count by giving to an important cause. 

Best of all, the Coffee Breaks gave participants an opportunity to talk about dementia.

Proceeds from the annual Coffee Break campaign remain in Windsor and Essex County to serve individuals who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Family members and others who care for persons with dementia also benefit from programs of the Alzheimer Society. Over 6,100 persons in Windsor and Essex County have been diagnosed with dementia.

Coffee Break will begin again in September, World Alzheimer’s Month. Interested hosts can contact the Alzheimer Society at 519-974-2220 extension 244.

The Alzheimer Society is the leading nationwide health charity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Active in more than 150 communities across Canada, the Society offers Help for Today through our programs and services for people living with dementia and Hope for Tomorrow...® by supporting research to find the cause and the cure.

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For more information, please contact: 
Peggy Winch, Manager of Fund Development and Community Engagement
Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County
Telephone: 519-974-2220 ext. 225  |  Email:  |  Website:

Last Updated: 11/08/2017