_ (via Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program) _ On February 3rd through 6th of 2016, members of the legal and police communities will perform together in the world premiere of A New Paradise, the final play in the Paradise trilogy, written by Ian Stauffer. The cause: raising money to continue and expand the “Feed the Hungry” program which has been operating out of The Ottawa Mission for the last five years. In addition, a portion of the funds raised will be directed to the Mental Health Supports Program being launched at the Ottawa Mission.
Since 2010, hundreds of members of the legal community have served thousands of hot meals to needy fellow citizens. Our program is totally funded by donations. More than 90¢ of every $1 donated goes directly to the program. We receive no government or institutional financial support. Our 2013 show raised over $50,000.00 after expenses and we hope A New Paradise will be just as successful.
Of special note, playwright and author Ian Stauffer is currently launching his debut novel, The Quickbeam Chronicles: The Journey Begins. A story of the struggles of an articling student in 1981 Ottawa, the adventures of Joshua Quickbeam should bring a smile to lawyers and non-lawyers alike. Ian’s book will be available for sale at the Ottawa Little Theatre for the run of the show. Some of the proceeds of sale will go to the Ottawa Lawyers Feed the Hungry program run out of The Mission.
About the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program
The Ottawa Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program partners with the Ottawa Mission to put on meals for Ottawa’s most vulnerable residents. Hot meals are served twice per month at the Ottawa Mission, located at 35 Waller Street, between the hours of 3:00 – 5:00 P.M.
This important year-round meal program, providing more than 12,000 meals a year, is made possible thanks to generous donors and committed volunteers. For more information about this program, please visit the Law Society Foundation’s website: http://www.lawyersfeedthehungry.ca/ottawa.html.