Thank you! The Ninth Annual UP & Away Charity Gala raised $310,000 for the Families & Schools Together Program!
Generous sponsors, donors, table purchasers, volunteers and 530 participants came together to raise funds for the Families & Schools Together (F&ST) program at the Ninth Annual UP & Away Charity Gala on May 3, 2018. Approximately $310,000 was raised that night, a record-setting total for the Gala.
Led by Master of Ceremonies Linda Olsen of Global Calgary, the evening included a delicious dinner at the BMO Centre’s Palomino Room, a rousing performance by Calgary’s a cappella comedy troupe the Heebee-jeebees, and heartfelt speeches from CEO Patricia Jones and Kevin To, a F&ST parent graduate. The UP Gala’s signature Balloon Raffle sponsored by Fairfield Watson Benefits Consulting ended the celebratory event with a bang!
In addition to proceeds from two raffles, an exciting live auction and a tempting silent auction, two anonymous donors offered to match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $75,000 – another well-received first for the Gala that boosted the fundraising total during the evening.
The UP & Away Charity Gala is a lot of fun. Watch this video and see why!
Photography: Sharon Lynn Photography | Video: Saša Dugonjić