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2015 Vaughan Mayor's Gala

SnapdWoodbridge and SnapdVaughanEast
July 2015

On Thursday, June 4, the City of Vaughan’s Mayor’s Gala was held in support of more than 100 not-for-profit and community organizations that provide important services in our city and beyond.

The theme of the Gala was ‘Sen5e in the City’ and celebrated each of the five senses. The headline talent was Juno Award nominee and Canadian jazz-pop singer/songwriter Nikki Yanofsky, who dazzled more than 800 guests in attendance with an incredible performance.

For a group of beneficiaries, the highlight was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Yanofsky at an intimate reception before the Gala, where she gave an intimate performance, took pictures with guests and signed autographs. Some of the special recipients in attendance included children with multiple disabilities, youth affected by family crisis, and adults with developmental disabilities working towards living an independent life. As part of the City’s commitment to healthcare, guests were invited to participate in the live auction item ‘Dinner with Mayor Bevilacqua’ which raised a record-breaking $320,000 with all proceeds going directly to the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.

“Five years ago we started a new tradition with the Mayor’s Gala where all proceeds raised would be shared widely, helping tens of thousands of people. For me, there are few things more rewarding than giving the ultimate gift of hope and seeing an individual recognize that they have the power to enrich not only their own lives, but the lives of those around them as well. This is what the Mayor’s Gala is all about – it is about the power of bringing people together through the spirit of generosity. We are building a truly incredible City and with the support of our caring and generous community, we will continue to move Vaughan forward without leaving anyone behind.”
-Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua

Since 2011, the Mayor’s Gala and Golf Tournaments have raised more than $3.3 million
More than 100 not-for- profit and community groups that cater to youth, seniors, people with special needs, women’s centres, special education schools and sports groups have benefitted.