The 32nd annual Foundation Gala successfully sold out thanks to the dedication of event honorary co-chairs Lynn and Brent Belzberg.
“Having seen firsthand Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s tremendous impact in helping children involved in the child welfare system to overcome the immense barriers they face, it has become a cause very close to both of our hearts,” said Lynn.
“The community we created together at the Gala year after year is vital. By bringing together like-minded, caring Canadians, we can help to ensure that vulnerable children across the country receive the support they need to heal, thrive, and unlock their unlimited potential.”
Young people from care delivered a moving narrative of their personal experiences in child welfare and the impact the Foundation has had on their lives, which was set to music and accompanied by interpretive dance. And Dylan Cohen (pictured above with the Belzbergs and Foundation President and CEO, Valerie McMurtry), advocate and former youth in care, urged guests to continue to support the work that needs to be done to support youth in and from care in their community.
With entertainment generously provided by the Slaight Family Foundation, guests were treated to performances by Emily Schultz and Jordan John, and hit the dance floor when Montreal Rhapsody Orchestra took the stage. They also bid on incredible prizes and artwork in our silent auction.
Thank you to everyone who supported this event and for helping us to raise a total of $1.8 million through the Gala 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 $3.2 million.
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