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On Saturday, November 21, Peel Children’s Centre (PCC) welcomed 200 guests to its first Evening of Hope, a 1930s-themed gala fundraiser that raised $66,425 for child and youth mental health services in the Region of Peel. The sold out event was held at Credit Valley Golf Club in Mississauga and celebrated PCC’s 30 years of service in the Peel community.
Upon arrival, guests were greeted by PCC CEO Humphrey Mitchell, PCC Board President Patricia Grady, and local performer Jason Allin in the guise of Charlie Chaplin, who provided entertainment throughout the night. Each guest also received a glass of champagne, the evening’s signature cocktail, sponsored by King Masonry Yard, and a delicate handmade chocolate pearl from Andrea True Confections. Other sponsors included Christie Digital, The Newland Group, Royal LePage Mississauga Lakeshore, and Meridian Credit Union.
The evening commenced with a warm welcome from Patricia Grady, Humphrey Mitchell, and special guest MC Tom Brown from CTV News. They all expressed sincere gratitude to everyone in attendance for their dedication and support to PCC, and Tom Brown shared his personal story of raising a child with mental health challenges.
Highlights from the evening’s program included special addresses from Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Presenting Sponsor Bell Canada, live and silent auctions, and a WestJet-sponsored raffle to win two round-trip tickets anywhere in North America, Hawaii and the Caribbean. Raffle tickets were sold by Platinum Matching Sponsor Scotiabank employees who volunteered at the Gala. The most moving moment in the evening came when Joss Copperthwaite, a former client in PCC’s Child Witness program, shared his story about coping with mental health challenges and how PCC helped him and his family during a particularly trying time in his journey.
PCC extends its heartfelt thanks to the sponsors, volunteers and guests who helped make its inaugural Evening of Hope a success. With your support, we will continue to pursue our Vision of A Caring Community Working Together for Children and Youth.
PCC is a fully accredited, not-for-profit children’s mental health agency. Since 1985, PCC has provided free and confidential mental health services to over 4,000 children, youth and their families annually. In 2015, PCC was appointed Lead Agency for the Region of Peel as part of Moving on Mental Health, the Provincial Government’s plan to transform child and youth mental health services in Ontario. To learn more about PCC, visit our website, www.peelcc.org. To learn more about next year’s Evening of Hope, visit www.pcceveningofhope.com.
Alexandra Macgregor-Amde, Communications Specialist
905-795-3500 ext. 2297 or firstname.lastname@example.org