The theme of the 2019 A Touch of Love and Hope Foundation Fundraising Gala was UNITY. There was an enormous power in the room. Love and Devotion to help human lives in our local and global communities brought together neighbours, friends, sisters and brothers of diverse political persuasions, cultural identities, religions, and professions. Our differences make us beautiful, but only together do we build synergies that positively impact whole communities.
The evening began with a welcome address and toast by Co-Founder John Di Marco. President Geraldine Di Marco thanked all who contributed to this special night, including the Gala’s Corporate Sponsors: Beaver Valley Stone Limited (Main Corporate Sponsor), Toro Aluminum and the Di Marco Family Foundation, LiUNA Local 506, LiUNA Local 183, TACC Developments, Lady York Foods, J.D.M. Realty Ltd, Brokerage, and Lo Specchio; as well as Advertisers, Attendees, and the Gala Committee.
The SPERANZA 2019 Honourary Gala Patron, Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, thanked all who supported this evening’s event and A Touch of Love and Hope Foundation. The Board of Directors presented a cheque in completion of a $10,000.00 pledge to Mackenzie Health Foundation toward a State-of-the-Art MRI Scanner, as well as a cheque to the 50/50 Lottery Draw Winner. In addition, the Foundation was graciously presented with donation cheques from Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua’s Spirit of Generosity and the President and immediate past President of the National Association Bersaglieri d’Italia.
The Board of Directors recognized and presented recipients with A Touch of Love and Hope Foundation’s Outstanding Service Award – Media. Recipients were: Lo Specchio, Snap’d Woodbridge, Panorama, Italiani.ca, CHIN, and Ital News, as well as Outstanding Community Photographers Awards to Cav. Tony Pavia and Gregorio Riccio.
Among the distinguished guests were: Honourary Gala Patron Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua; MP for Vaughan-Woodbridge, Francesco Sorbara; MP for King-Vaughan, Deb Schulte; Canadian Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship, The Honourable Amhed Hussen; Deputy Mayor And Local and Regional Councilor, City of Vaughan, Mario Ferri; Local and Regional Councilor, City of Vaughan, Gino Rosati; Former Ontario Minister for Immigration and Culture, Laura Albanese; and Senior Major Gifts Officer, Mackenzie Health Foundation, Afsheen Jiwani.
Following the gala, we took great pleasure in making donations to our other three Beneficiaries in the GTA and the Commonwealth of Dominica, as well as to other local groups and organizations.
A Touch of Love and Hope Foundation can only continue its work with your continuous support.
Thank you for helping us to help those in need, at home and abroad.
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Geraldine Di Marco O.V.
A Touch of Love and Hope Foundation
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