This year, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada hosted the 33rd annual Gala – Teddy Bear Affair alongside event honorary co-chairs Dave and Karen McKay and in partnership with RBC.

Gord Raman, Valerie McMurtry, Karen and Dave McKay - standing in front of Children's Aid Foundation of Canada logo

The evening opened with attention-grabbing performances by Jordan Hart and The 6ix Stix. We were thrilled to welcome back broadcaster and author Andrea Bain as our host for the evening, along with our first-ever youth co-host, ERINE, former youth in care.

One male and one female drummer from The 6ix Stix, drumming on buckets with Raptors logos on them, holding drumsticks in the airTwo women standing on main stage, both wearing gold dresses, delivering their opening remarks in front of a large screen with Foundation logo.

We were also honoured to have been joined by the Teddy Bear Affair’s founder, Judi Cohen, to celebrate her incredible legacy and dedication to serving children, youth, and families across Canada.

Judi Cohen, founder of the Teddy Bear Affair, standing at podium on main stage giving a speech

Later in the night, guests heard from CHANDA, former youth in care, who shared her personal experience in child welfare and the impact the Foundation has made in her life. This moving narrative was accompanied by opera singer Meher Oavri, cellist Eena Yoon, and pianist Godwin Friesen.

CHANDA speaking on main stageGuests enjoyed the photo booth, sponsored by BMO; participated in Teddy’s Raffle; and browsed and bid on incredible prizes and artwork in our almost-live auction thanks to our Almost Live Auction Partner, Air Canada Foundation, and our silent auction thanks to our Technology Partner, CGI. They were also treated to performances by Slaight Music artists Jillea and Theo Tams, and jumped to their feet when a hidden dance floor was revealed and Sole Power took the stage to close out a fantastic night. Thank you to our Entertainment Partner, the Slaight Family Foundation.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Gala by attending, donating, partnering, sponsoring, and volunteering. Together, we raised a total of $1.8 million to support the vulnerable children and youth we serve. Your generosity also helped us to bring the total raised for the Teddy Bear Fund to $4.9 million.

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The Children's Aid Foundation of Canada funds programs to help Canada's most vulnerable children and youth, those who have experienced or are at risk of abuse and neglect, overcome the obstacles in life that prevent them from reaching their full potential. We are committed to giving ongoing support to those who need it most.

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