On Friday, September 27th 2019, Malton Neighbourhood Services hosted it’s 1st annual Fundraising Gala at the Symphony Event Centre in Mississauga. This prestigious event brought together distinguished guests from the Mississauga/Brampton communities and beyond.

The event of nearly 200 attendees celebrated the accomplishments of Malton Neighbourhood Services, a non-profit organization that was established in 1975 which is committed to the development and promotion of opportunities for those it serves.

The event was also attended by the Mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie who gave a brief speech about the city of Malton and her continuous support. She also used the occasion to pay tribute to the victims of the recent shootings that happened in Malton. They keynote speaker for the evening was Crystal Mark, the co-founder of Malton Moms.

The MNS gala committee used the occasion to award three staff members for their contributions to the organization. This award went to individuals recognizing their achievements as positive leaders within our community.

The year’s recipients were: Lynette Cupidore for Seniors Engagement Award;  Chris Opoku for Youth Engagement Award; and Jaskaran Grewal for Long Time Service Award.

The first annual Malton Neighbourhood Services fundraising gala was sponsored by Caldwell Insurance, Lotus Funeral Home, HSBC, Finastra, PeelCAS, ProSound, Toronto Pearson Airport, Shoppers Drugmart, Innovative Roofing Systems and The United Way (Greater Toronto).

Special Thank You to the following businesses as well who supported the gala: Amica Senior Lifestyles, Canada’s Wonderland, Chef Robert Davie, Kay Thompson, Merle Norman Cosmetic, Moxies (Bramalea), Ontario Science Centre, Pashstone Masonry, Royal Ontario Museum, Sportscheck (Square 1 mall), Woodbine Fantasy Fair.

Over the course of the night, we saw special live performances by the DNA Project and music by DJ Big C.

Proceeds from the First Annual Fundraising Gala will help improve programming, including making services more accessible and appealing to seniors and youth in our community. MNS will continue to provide group activities and outings that offer participants a safe space to share with their peers and a positive, supportive environment for enhancing their personal, social development, cultural sensitivity awareness and self-empowerment.

Written by: Gabe Odartei (Communications Coordinator)