‘Food-Tech’ Fusion Fundraiser with Mariner and Thandi Launches to Benefit United Way Community Fund

Jun 15, 2023 | News

SAINT JOHN – In an exciting partnership aimed at creating change that matters, Mariner is thrilled to announce the launch of the ‘Food-Tech’ Fusion Fundraiser in celebration of their 20th Anniversary. This unique initiative, in collaboration with Thandi Restaurant, aims to raise $10,000 for the United Way serving Saint John, Kings & Charlotte through the sale of Gerry’s Salad. The funds raised will directly support the United Way’s impactful programs and initiatives, making a tangible difference in our community.

The ‘Food-Tech’ Fusion Fundraiser offers a mouth-watering twist on community impact, allowing restaurantgoers to support a worthy cause while indulging in a delightful taste sensation. Crafted with innovation and care, ‘Gerry’s Salad’ promises an unparalleled sensory experience that will satisfy stomachs and hearts alike.

“When Gerry approached us to partner on this opportunity we were inspired”, said Ken & Holly Singh co- owners of Thandi.  “Gerry’s Salad is elevated with a tantalizing addition of crispy tempura calamari, offering a balanced fusion of flavors and textures. Crisp romaine lettuce leaves are generously coated with our creamy Caesar dressing, complemented by shaved Parmesan cheese, garden fresh tomatoes, and house-made croutons for that perfect crunch. Innovator Ken’s crowning glory is the tender tempura calamari, delicately tempering the dish with its light, golden-brown crispiness. This innovative take on the classic Caesar salad is sure to captivate your taste buds and leave you craving more.”

Gerry’s Salad is distinctive, much like its namesake – Gerry Pond. As co-founder of Mariner and well-known advocate of the Atlantic startup ecosystem, Gerry exemplifies an unwavering commitment to technology and social entrepreneurship, innovation, and community support. With a relentless passion for pushing boundaries, he has embraced innovation wholeheartedly, constantly bringing people together to partner in moving their ideas forward. And Gerry’s deep-rooted dedication to initiatives that uplift and empower Atlantic Canadian communities for collective progress remains a cornerstone of his endeavors.

“20 years ago, Gerry, Bob Justason and Curtis Howe set about a mission to impact the prosperity of Atlantic Canada through technology innovation,” says David Baxter, Mariner’s Vice President, Marketing. “From the beginning, they were inspired to develop a high-performance, ever-lasting company and a great place to work where people could imagine a difference and enable change that matters for their customers, and community. Although this fundraiser probably wasn’t something they envisioned when founding Mariner, it reflects what they’re about – enabling impactful change through talented people and community partners. We are delighted to team up with the like-minded folks at Thandi to give back in this way, showcasing a fun take on Mariner’s purpose to innovate always and everywhere.”

During the campaign, Thandi Restaurant will contribute a portion of the proceeds from each sale of Gerry’s Salad directly to United Way, serving Saint John, Kings, & Charlotte. Mariner has pledged to match this for a total donation of $10,000. This means that every bite of this delicious salad will contribute to vital programs supporting poverty reduction and creating strong local communities for the region. With each purchase, patrons can be confident they are directly impacting individuals on the path to self-reliance.

“We are incredibly excited about the ‘Food-Tech’ Fusion Fundraiser and its positive impact on our local community,” says Alexya Heelis, Executive Director of United Way Saint John, Kings & Charlotte. Together with Mariner and Thandi Restaurant, we can create a powerful wave of change through this innovative fundraiser. By enjoying Gerry’s Salad, supporters can make a meaningful contribution to our local United Way, helping thousands of people reach their full potential through our programs and initiatives.”

To amplify the reach and impact of the ‘Food-Tech’ Fusion Fundraiser Mariner encourages participants to share their experiences on social media. By using the hashtags #ImagineADifference #LocalLove and tagging Mariner, Thandi and United Way Saint John, Kings & Charlotte, salad fans can showcase their support and inspire others to join the movement.

The ‘Food-Tech’ Fusion Fundraiser will officially launch on June 15th. Mariner invites individuals, businesses, and organizations to head to Thandi Restaurant, 33 Canterbury Street, uptown Saint John to experience ‘food-tech’ innovation of a different kind and help us reach our fundraising goal of $10,000. United, we can make a lasting difference in the lives of countless individuals in our community.

To stay updated on the progress of the fundraiser follow the partner organizations: find Mariner on LinkedIn, Thandi Restaurant on Facebook and United Way Saint John, Kings & Charlotte on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.

About Mariner
Founded in Saint John, New Brunswick in 2003, Mariner is Atlantic Canada’s largest privately held IT and business transformation consultancy, with over 350 employees. Mariner’s purpose has always been to be a great, everlasting technology company for people who make an impact. Mariner elevates people, data, and technology in the best way to solve hard problems. Mariner provides IT and business services, and products, and includes SHIFT Energy, an energy management and decarbonization company, and East Valley Ventures, which offers mentorship and investment services to emerging companies.
For more information visit www.marinerinnovations.com 

About Thandi Restaurant
Thandi is a family-owned business known for their fusion of flavour from East to West. They specialize in steaks, seafood and especially authentic Indian curries. Situated in the heart of uptown Saint John and recognized as one of the best restaurants in the province of New Brunswick, Thandi offers guests a uniquely wonderful culinary experience in an amazing atmosphere.
For more information, visit www.singhdining.com/thandi/

About United Way Saint John, Kings & Charlotte
United Way Saint John, Kings & Charlotte is creating systemic change for poverty reduction and creating strong local communities for all in their region. They collaborate, advocate, and invest in pro-active solutions to lift people out of poverty and prevent people from entering poverty by focusing on education, children’s futures, mental health supports, and a strong network of community supports. Through measurable and sustainable solutions, United Way Saint John, Kings & Charlotte know they are making a difference for thousands of futures.
For more information, visit www.unitedwaysaintjohn.com

Media Contact:
Jennifer DiPaolo, Marketing Director



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