On Saturday, February 8, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph celebrated their 25th year of the Have a Heart for Kids’ Sake Gala. Guests dressed to the nines as well as sponsors, community members and local politicians flooded the Italian Canadian Club. The Have a Heart for Kids’ Sake Gala, presented by Skyline, provided an opportunity to take a moment to recognize the new branding and vision behind the BBBS name. BBBSG was proud to present and showcase two incredible matches: Andrew (big) and Anthony (little), 10-year match, and former big brother Jeff Thomason along with his little brother Christopher Poon-Tip, who were matched from 1992 to 2001 shared their experiences and stories with 256 guests.

This exceptional night filled with music, exciting special guests and of course fantastic food, could not have been possible without local community support, sponsors and donations. It is because of the generous support from the Guelph community that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph was able to fundraise $76,000. Guests were encouraged to donate, pledge support or participate in a silent/live auction to continue the work of raising highly needed funds for the BBBSG programs. All donations and proceeds from the 25th Anniversary Gala will be used to continue the great work Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph is doing in the Guelph and surrounding area. As BBBSG looks towards the future, their goals for the next 25 years will far surpass the great work they have completed so far. This beautiful gala not only raised funds for a worthy cause, but also raised awareness and acknowledgment of the BBBS name.

Thank you to our sponsors:

BrokerLink, Cintas, Hoyes Michalos, Hueniken Law, Intrigue Media, Linamar, Magic /1460 CJOY, Penske, Skyline, SV Law, RLB LLP, Nick FitzGibbon from Coldwell Banker, Wayne Pitman Ford, Alliance Roofing, TRICAR, Elora Mill Hotel and Spa, Royal City Crossfit, First Capital Realty, Aird & Berlis LLP, Vineland Estates Winery, Print Three Guelph and Terry Gibson from Winemister Consulting.

Thank you to our décor sponsors of the evening, Canada Flowers and Cobblestone Creations. Our silent auction had 117 items and it wouldn’t have been possible without the following partners: 

Aberfoyle Mill, Accents for Living- Furniture & Design, Bin 23 Restaurant, Brisson, Leis and Associates Optometrists, Buddies in Bad Times, Budget Blinds, Canadian National Exhibition, Canadian Tire – Stone Rd, Chris, Hierlihy Pottery, Cinema Works, David’s Tea, Delta Air Lines, DermaEnvy Skincare, Divide & Conquer, Dixon’s, Distilled Spirits, Dulux Paint – Speedvale Rd. , Ferraro Karate & Fitness, Four Fathers Brewing Co., GIN MILL, GolfNorth, Grosche International, Guelph Lakes Golf & Country Club, Guelph Museums, Guelph Nighthawks, Jeff Shackell, Wellington Motors, JESS UNDECIDED, KEURIG, Krown Rust Protection Guelph, Linamar Corporation, Louise Frost, DoTerra Consultant, Lug, Merry-Hill Golf Club, Microsoft, MLSE, NSK Canada Inc., One Tooth, Ontario Science Centre, Pillitteri Estates Winery, Pippa & Peach, PJ’s Restaurant, Popeye’s Supplements Guelph, Region of Waterloo Museums, Reid’s Chocolates, Reptilia, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Riverfest Elora, RLB LLP, Royal Bank of Canada, Samuel Emerson Photography, Sarmazian, Sequoia Dental , Shuh’s Appliance Centre, Silveri Jewellers, Skin Studio Spa, Skyline, Spring Mill Distillery, Steam Whistle, SV Law, Teak Barn Furniture & Home Décor, The Aberfoyle Spa, The Franco Memorial, The Making Box, The Olive Experience Inc., Theatre Passe Muraille, Theatre Woodstock, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Tri-City Scuba Centre Inc., TrilliumWest Real Estate Brokerage, Trina Koster Phtography, Urban Cutz, Vail Rail Canada, Victoria Park East Golf Club, Vineland Estate Winery, Well.ca, The Winberg Foundation, Woodhaven Furniture and Your Spa Solutions.

Finally, the evening would not have taken place without the tremendous support from our Have a Heart for Kids’ Sake Planning Committee. They had been involved in the organizing process since September and we could not be more thankful for their help.

Dana MacDonald (Chair), Louise Frost, Alicia McDonald , Katie Waddington, Madison Fach, Becky Meyer, Madison Benham, Clarke Delport, Nurmeen  Ahmad, Emily Scott, Shannon Worden, Jennifer McBlain, Urszula Karwowska, Judith Little, Ashley-Ann Maginnis (Staff)

We are #BiggerTogether