Move over brawn, Guts + Glory Battle of the Brains surpasses fundraising goal in support of youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk

Toronto, May 28, 2021 – The youth at Covenant House are benefitting from an influx of over $350,000 in donations thanks to the generous support of Toronto’s business community. Teams from across the real estate, legal and tech industries came together on May 27 for a virtual challenge, Guts+Glory Battle of the Brains presented by Accenture.

Pivoting to a virtual set-up due to COVID-19, 29 teams of six to 10 people went head-to-head on a special digital platform to tackle a series of mind-bending trivia and escape room challenges all in support of vulnerable youth. The winning team from the law firm Fasken was awarded bragging rights as well as the coveted Guts + Glory trophy.

“This event really stood out because it’s an opportunity for colleagues to forget about work for a while and have a great time solving challenging puzzles together,” said Northern Private Capital CEO Andrew Lapham, Event Co-Chair. “Our goal was to create a great bonding experience participants will remember, and raise as much as possible for the youth at Covenant House who really need our help during these very stressful times.”

Teams had to fundraise a minimum of $10,000 to participate, and a portion of a team’s overall score was based on their fundraising success. The more a team raised, the better their chances were of winning, and knowing that the money raised helps youth at Covenant House made victory that much sweeter. Guts + Glory has raised over $2 million since its 2015 debut.

“Everyone has been hit hard by COVID-19, but youth experiencing homelessness and survivors of sex trafficking are particularly vulnerable,” said Covenant House executive director Mark Aston. “Events like Guts + Glory are critical to keeping our operations going as the pandemic persists. The growing enthusiasm we’ve seen over the years from the business community has been truly amazing.”

Covenant House helps youth ignite their potential and reclaim their lives. As Canada’s largest agency serving youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk, they offer the widest range of 24-7 services to more than 300 young people each day.

For more information, please contact:
Michael Sheiner
Associate Manager, Public Relations
Covenant House Toronto