Mississauga – The generosity of the Peel community shone brightly at Peel Children’s Centre’s (PCC’s) 24th Annual Holiday Brunch and Auction, a local holiday tradition that marks the beginning of the festive season – and the season of giving.
Rogues Restaurant was packed on Sunday, November 30th for the sold-out event, which raised more than $57,000 to support Peel children and youth struggling with mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, bullying and self-harm.
Among the many dignitaries attending the brunch were Mayor-Elect Bonnie Crombie, outgoing Regional Chair Emil Kolb, and Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa.
“Our annual Holiday Brunch and Auction helps us bridge the growing gap between government funding and the cost of meeting the mental health needs of Peel’s children and youth,” said Humphrey Mitchell, CEO of PCC, to the crowded restaurant.
“Thanks to you, PCC can provide more services for more struggling kids and families.”
Mitchell thanked Rogues Restaurant owner Tony Pereira, executive chef Bevan Terry, and their team for the delicious meals and warm surroundings that have kept the event’s guests coming back for 24 years.
He also thanked the many event sponsors, noting the support of Bell Let’s Talk, the presenting sponsor; Air Canada Foundation, which donated a roundtrip flight for two anywhere in North America; and Scotiabank, which matched the money raised in the raffle for the Air Canada prize.
As well, Mitchell thanked the generous donors of items for the auction, which accounts for a large portion of the funds raised at the event.
In addition to their brunch, guests received a generous serving of humour with a performance by acclaimed Toronto-based standup comedian, Evan Carter and the entertaining emceeing by Mississauga Living Arts Centre’s CEO, Ron Lenyk.
PCC is a fully accredited, charitable, not-for-profit children’s mental health centre that has served Peel Region since 1985. Each year, PCC provides 6,900 services free-of-charge for children/youth under age 18, and their families, who are experiencing serious mental health challenges. For more information, visit www.peelcc.org.