20th Annual Gala Fundraiser Was An Outstanding Success

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This year, The Shining Through Centre celebrated its 20th year of educating children with Autism at the Embassy Grand Convention Centre on March 1, 2019. It was a beautiful night with about 1,350 friends, families and community members coming together to support families affected by Autism (ASD) and increase awareness in the community. 

The night started with a beautifully displayed antipasto bar and a cocktail reception to help guests get acquainted over scrumptious bites. Dinner and entertainment commenced with the national anthem beautifully led by one of our  Learn to Live learners, Julian Trozzo.  

As per our annual tradition, the silent auction was ongoing as dinner and entertainment progressed.  Guests had the opportunity to bid on a diverse range of items from sport memorabilia to gift cards. This year’s surprise guest was Darryl Sittler who gave an enlightening speech in support of Autism Awareness. After the speech, he signed jerseys for donors and took pictures with gala guests. A lucky guest also won a chair from Maple Leaf Gardens! All proceeds from the auctions benefit children’s programs and therapy at Shining Through Centre.

Our President, Fred Santini, gave a genuine and inspirational speech calling for the support of Autism Awareness given the changes in the Ontario Autism Program. He rounded up his speech by sharing a  heart-warming video that highlights the tremendous impact of the Shining Through Centre and the achievements of some of our alumnus thriving in the community. We also received a surprise video from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau supporting our work in the community and the importance of Autism Awareness in Canada.

We would like to thank everyone who made this night a huge success. A big thank you to the Gala committee as well as the Board for a great vision and direction. To our wonderful and dedicated families, friends, staff and volunteers who spent months behind the scenes creating the unrivalled experience that the Shining Through gala is known for, we thank you.  To everyone that attended our gala, we thank you for your financial support. Without all of you, we would not be able to make miracles happen and provide the children with the programs and support they need to thrive and grow.

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Check out our  photos from our 20th Shining Through gala.

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