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Children’s Foundation hosts ‘Around the World Gala’

GUELPH - The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington’s largest annual fundraiser, the Around the World Gala, is a spirited celebration and a call to action.

Through the invaluable support of honoured corporate sponsors and dedicated, loyal donors, the event celebrates the foundation’s vision that all children and youth have equal opportunity to learn, grow and participate in their community.

The Around the World Gala takes its annual theme inspiration from a different country or culture each year, celebrating the community that supports its children and youth through an aptly colourful, lively lens.

This year, the Gala stays close to home and takes a closer look at its broader community with “A Walk Through Canada” on Oct. 14.

“This year, as we celebrate Canada’s anniversary, it seemed fitting to celebrate our own culture and what makes Canada so unique,” said Angela Crawford, committee chair.

The Foundation welcomes back Dan Burnham and The Co-operators Insurance as the presenting sponsor of Around the World 2017.

Burnham and The Co-operators are supporters of the Gala and encourage Guelph community partners and businesses to join them in casting a vote for the future of the community.

“When you invest in the children of the community, you invest in the community’s future,” says Burnham.

“Each year, you can feel the impact in the ballroom, and we’re thrilled to be able to help make that happen.”

The Around the World Gala raises vital funds to support the Children’s Foundation’s four programs. Last year, the demand on those programs was higher than ever before.

Officials state, with rising demand, the foundation works hard to make every dollar count.

In 2016, through the support of donors and corporate sponsors like Burnham, the foundation invested $1.94 million in bettering the lives of over 20,000 local children living in low-income households.

Top children’s charity

In December 2016, the foundation was named one of 23 Top Children’s Charities Worth Your Money by Financial Post Magazine based on financial transparency.

For more information about the gala, the programs it supports and how to get involved, visit

April 21, 2017


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