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On Saturday, November 26, Peel Children’s Centre (PCC) welcomed 180 guests to an Evening of Hope, an internationally-themed gala fundraiser that raised more than $67,500 for child and youth mental health services in the Region of Peel. The event was held at the Mississauga Grand Banquet & Event Centre and celebrated Peel’s diverse caring community working together for children and youth.
Without leaving the Region of Peel, guests were treated to a first class trip around the world. Upon arrival, guests were greeted in the Departure Lounge by PCC CEO Humphrey Mitchell, PCC Board President Patricia Grady and a Mariachi band. Each guest also received a glass of champagne with berries, the evening’s signature cocktail, sponsored by King Masonry Yard, and a selection of decadent chocolates, sponsored by the Newland Group.
The evening commenced with a warm welcome from Humphrey Mitchell and special guest MC Todd van der Heyden from CTV News. They both expressed sincere gratitude to everyone in attendance for their dedication to PCC, and Todd van der Heyden emphasized the need now, more than ever, for communities to come together to support young people struggling with mental health challenges.
Highlights from the evening’s program included special addresses from Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Presenting Sponsor Bell Canada, and Platinum Sponsor TD Canada Trust; live and silent auctions; and an Air Canada-sponsored raffle to win two round-trip tickets anywhere in North America, Hawaii and the Caribbean. Raffle tickets were sold by Matching Sponsor Scotiabank employees who volunteered at the Gala. Throughout the evening, Latin and Bhangra dancers wowed the crowd with electrifying performances of traditional dances from Latin America and Punjab.
The most moving moment in the evening came when a mother and her 12-year-old son shared their experience with the Strongest Families program. Strongest Families helps families by phone, which was a perfect fit for the boy, an elite athlete with a full schedule who also has anxiety. After talking about how Strongest Families helped him learn how to cope with his anxiety, Lena Demarco, Manager, Community Affairs from Bell presented the boy with a special gift on behalf of Olympic athlete Clara Hughes, a personal hero of his who lives with depression.
PCC extends its heartfelt thanks to the sponsors, volunteers and guests who helped make its 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 named 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, MA – Communications Specialist
905-795-3500 ext. 2297