Though it may look different this year, Sleep Cheap will take place in 2020.
The annual fundraising event officially called Sleep Cheap Charities Reap, is now in its 17th year and has become a long standing community tradition. Since its inception in 2004 the event has raised over $2,150,000 for local charities.
Mayor Jim Diodati said, “We know these are very extraordinary circumstances, but after careful deliberation, and in consultation with local hoteliers, we have decided the event should go on. I am confident in the excellent protocols and procedures the hotels, as essential services, have instituted to safely accommodate Niagara Region residents during Sleep Cheap.”
The mayor said he knows the struggles that many charities are facing to meet their fundraising targets this year due to cancelled initiatives and events, while at the same time seeing an increased demand for their services.
For the first time in history, Sleep Cheap will run for a full week, from Sunday Nov. 15 up to and including Saturday Nov. 21. Reservations for the event can be made starting Friday, Oct. 23 at 9:00 a.m. Participating hotels and booking information can be found online at sleepcheapcharitiesreap.com.
Many of Niagara Falls’ finest hotels will offer rooms, at a discounted rate, exclusively to Niagara residents during the event. Minimum donations for rooms will remain the same as last year for Sunday through Thursday: $35 per night for a standard room, $45 for a Fallsview room, and $65 for a whirlpool room. Room rates on Friday and Saturday nights will see an extra $10 per night added to the weekday rates. Participants will also be able to book two-nights stays this year.
Rooms with access to waterparks will not be available for Sleep Cheap 2020 due to provincial restrictions. Participants should contact hotels directly to confirm available amenities and COVID-19 protocols.
Sleep Cheap also announced an additional feature for Niagara residents, Greg Frewin’s Las Vegas Style Magical Show, WILD MAGIC, performed by International Grand Champion of Magic, Greg Frewin. The show is suitable for all ages.
The Sleep Cheap Charities Reap Committee is seeking applications from local charities and registered not-for-profits serving residents of the City of Niagara Falls that are interested in receiving a donation from funds generated by the annual, “Sleep Cheap Charities Reap”, initiative.
Eligibility requirements and application forms are available on the City’s website niagarafalls.ca. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. All of the funds raised through Sleep Cheap benefits local charities.