We Care Dinner & Awards Gala

Location: The International Centre, Hall 1 – 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017


Care to take a walk in the Enchanted Forest. We cordially invite you to journey with us and celebrate another successful year of sending kids with disabilities to summer camp.



Member Sponsors automatically receive a table of eight (8) and can purchase additional tickets as necessary. Non-members must purchase tickets.

Cost: $300/ticket for members, $450/ticket for non-members. Maximum 10 seats to a table; you must notify us if your table needs more than the standard 8 seats.




Register Please respond no later than April 7, 2017.

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What to Expect

Attire: “Whimsical Wear”, Business Formal
Cocktail & Hors D’oeuvres Reception at 5:30PM
Dinner & Presentations at 7:00PM

ARRIVAL: “The Trailhead “


RECEPTION: “Into the Woods”
  • Grab our special welcome cocktail and explore the forest; discover all its magical and delicious parts, including chef stations with wine and beer pairings (Cash bar also available. Pre-purchase a Gala Passport, which includes two drink tickets)
  • Hundreds of amazing and unique silent auction items – use your smartphone to bid on items! (How do I bid with my smartphone?)
  • Pick up a gift from the forest. Tea gift sets available for purchase; includes various flavours – $20


THE MAIN EVENT: “The Clearing”
  • Indulge in a gourmet dinner experience
  • Awards and presentations
  • For dessert, return to the woods for post-dinner offerings and entertainment. With a photo booth, games, live music, and food, you’ll wish this event never ends!


Gala Passports

Skip the line and buy online. Purchase your Package Deal ahead of time which includes everything you need for the night. Limited quantities available. Purchase by April 21st, 2017.

Gala Passport: $50 (value of $60!)

  • 2x Drink tickets
  • 1x Pick-a-Prize voucher
  • 1x Tea gift set



Sponsorship Opportunities


To become a sponsor or enquire further, contact:

Tiana Rodrigue – trodrigue@friendsofwecare.org
Jim Clark – jimc@coliowinery.com
Margaret Dowell – mdowell@sircorp.com
Dan Valade – dan_valade@ca.campbellsoup.com


Silent Auction

Year after year, the Silent Auction features hundreds of unique items and generates an additional $50,000 for the cause. We’ll open up the bidding online one week before the gala.


STEP 1: Download the Handbid app from the App Store or Google Play Store. Create an account by adding your cell phone number.

STEP 2: Find the Friends of We Care Gala auction.

STEP 3: Flip through the digital catalogue of items and place your bids!

*You can set the app to alert you by text or push notifications if someone has out-bid you.

Don’t have a smartphone? You can access the auction from a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet at home. Just head ONLINE HERE to find the Friends of We Care Dinner & Awards Gala auction. Register in advance and remember your Paddle Number! At the gala, a few tablets will be available so you can continue your bidding.


Help us raise more funds for the kids, donate an item or cash (which we’ll use to purchase an item on your behalf) to our silent auction. Let us know before April 7th, 2017. All donors will receive recognition during the event and a tax receipt can be granted for big-ticket items with proof of pricing.

Please contact Michelle Lee-Garbe for more info: mleegarbe@friendsofwecare.org.



We’re bringing back the ‘Pick-A-Prize’ dinner game. Just $20 gets you a prize valued at up to $100! Donating items to this prize is a great way to get your brands noticed. Prizes can be anything from products to gift cards – we’ll collect, package and wrap it up.

Please contact Tiana Rodrigue for more info: trodrigue@friendsofwecare.org.


Blossoms for Sale

Embrace the spirit of the forest! Visit the Blossom Boutique at the entrance of the event. We’ll have plenty of hair pieces, corsages, and boutonnieres to choose from, with 100% of the proceeds going to the kids. Each piece will be $20.

Quantities are limited and items are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations for specific styles.



Donation Wishing Station

As always, we will have a table for all those who just want to make a donation. Each donation will get you a ballot to win an amazing prize package and a We Care Flashing Heart pin. The table will be in the cocktail area, just before you enter the dining hall.



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