On Saturday, February 11th 2017, The Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons celebrated the 33rd year of the Great Valentine Gala, an awards ceremony and fundraising event that celebrates the success of Canadians with physical disabilities.
With over 470 guests in attendance, attendees were treated to delicious food, sweet wines and live performances by the amazing Beatles tribute band – The Caverners. Of course, Suhana Meharchand, the event’s enthusiastic and professional MC, did an outstanding job as the Master of Ceremonies.
A lively reception took place in the Fairmont Royal York’s Ontario Room at 6PM, where guests in attendance were invited to socialize with other CFPDP members and guests as well as enjoy the complimentary drinks offered at the bars. Guests were also invited to sign a banner at the Invictus Games booth that is to be displayed at the event taking place in September 2017.
Afterwards in the Canadian Room, food was served and awards were handed out to Canadians who have showcased to the world in the past year, their ability to work hard and strive for success. Congratulations to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Medal Winners, Chantal Petitclerc, Tim Hortons Canada and Cisco Canada.
With more live entertainment provided by The Caverners and DJ Jerry Archer, our guests danced the night away and happily celebrated the end of the 33rd Great Valentine Gala. To see photos from this event click here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityeventstoronto/albums/72157680300383895
The Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons (CFPDP) will celebrate the 33rd year of hosting The Great Valentine Gala, one of the foundation’s largest fundraising events, on Saturday, February 11, 2017.
Since 1985, the gala has had over 22,000 attendees and has raised over $25 million. Thanks to Toronto Businessman, philanthropist and CFPDP founder, Vim Kochhar, The Great Valentine Gala has become an annual tradition in celebrating the accomplishments and achievements of physically challenged Canadians everywhere.
This year, with approximately 500 guests in attendance, balloons will be sold at a value of $60 in the exciting Tombola raffle. Guests can purchase a balloon at the raffle where they gain a chance to win a mystery prize.
All attendees are welcome to attend a beautiful reception before the main event where they can have a drink or two as well as mix and mingle with new and familiar faces. Following the reception, a fabulous dinner will be served promptly at 7:00 PM and afterwards a night of awards and great music presented by The Caverners, a Beatles tribute band, can be enjoyed.
After the awards are handed out and all the group photos are taken, a real party to end the night will begin where guests can enjoy great beverages, great food and best of all great company!
Some highlights for this year include
- designboom mart Toronto 2017 -designed by Ryerson School of Interior design
- and curated by notable digital design magazine designboom
- Talent Talks with a number of international and local talent. This includes Honour Sir David Adjaye OBE who makes their Toronto debut as well as Amanda Nisbet, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Nicky Haslam, and Megan Torza g Q&A sessions.
- Open Air: An exploration of space, Open Air aims to develop innovative ways for homeowners to extend their living spaces.
- The LAB: Transform your home to a smarthome. Experience the convergence of technology and design.
- Opening Night Party: this year’s theme is rebellion, Join over 5,500 industry notables as they kick off the design filled weekend
- Kentwood Design Challenge at IDS 2017. Where students were challenged to create a unique design utilizing Kentwood hardwood flooring, and five finalists were selected to ‘build out’ their visions at IDS. See some of our photos.
On Friday, November 4th, the 23rd induction to the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame took place. The three inductees were Marni Abbott-Peter in the Athlete category, Tim Frick in the builder category and Terry Kelly in the achiever category. The luncheon was held at the Fairmont hotel in all its luxury and glory.
It started with a speech by Joanne Smith, already a member of the hall of fame, thanking all who could make it. After Major Beverly Ivany sang the national anthem.
After lunch was served, Joanne returned to the stage and introduced all the Hall of Fame members who were present at the time. Minister Tracy MacCharles was then invited to the stage to be honored for her work.
When the inductees were called to the stage, the organizers had to repeatedly wait for the public to stop the loud and ongoing applauses. Marni was the first one on stage and delivered a beautiful speech on her path. Tim Frick also had beautiful words on his work and experiences as a wheelchair basketball coach. Terry Kelly was not able to attend the event but his wife Ann Nugent awarded us all with a thrilling speech on Terry’s life.
After the induction ceremony Michael Burns, organizer and promoter for the invictus games went on stage with a marvelous presentation on how much the games are important when it comes to inclusiveness and how the great majority of people are now aware not only of what are the games but also what they represent.
To see the pictures of the event, check out: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityeventstoronto/albums/72157676985091665
This magical event was held on November 16th was nothing short of spectacular. Ethan Faria is an extremely sweet kid, unfortunately a bacterial infection took away both his legs and part of his arms due to an infection last year. His family promptly started to organize a series of fundraising events to pay for his medical expenses. When Felicia Pizzonia offered to publish a book based on Ethan and use the selling of the books to aid on the fundraising a partnership started, it got even stronger when Vanessa, Felicia’s sister, inspired by Ethan’s story wrote her song “superhero”.
The book sale started with stands offering Ethan’s book “Marley & Maverick Find Ethan’s Magic Legs”, accepting donations and selling other works of wire publishing. When the Presentations began we were all marveled as all songs were based on the theme of being a hero. Ed Culjak delivered an outstanding performance in a classic manner with one guitar and simple percussion. He was followed by the motivational speaker Shayne Smith, who amazed us all with a speech about his condition related to Ethan’s and his life story. In the end, the moment we were all expecting arrived, Vanessa performing “Superhero” under a magnificent light and effects that baffled all expectators.
The best, as usual, was saved for last. After great food, great wine and outstanding entertainment, we were able to see Ethan walking on his magic legs, it was possible to feel the emotion in the room as he walked in with his prostectics, aided by a walker and kicking a soccer ball with his father.
The event was also visited by Makda Ghebreslaisse from CBC news who wrote a beautiful piece on Ethan and was invited to hand out a prize on the Raffle of an exclusive wine basket by Jackson Triggs.
All the guests left feeling better than when they came and the money collected will absolutely help Ethan and his family.
Books available at: http://www.ethansmagicbook.com/
Photos of the event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityeventstoronto/albums/72157675219605271