Sources Foundation’s annual gala – taking place next weekend at Hazelmere Golf & Tennis Club – is sold out, but organizers say there are still opportunities for those who don’t have tickets to pitch in for the cause.
In addition to 50/50 tickets (Sources5050.RaffleNexus.com) that offer a chance at half of a possible $200,000 jackpot, there is also a silent auction (Can.Givergy.com/MysteryOnTheNile) that is open to anyone over the age of majority.
The Nov. 4 gala, dubbed Mystery on the Nile, will be the foundation’s 27th. This year, Sources’ community living programs, food banks and mental-health initiatives are to benefit from proceeds, which officials hope will hit $400,000.
Last year’s gala raised $420,000 for Sources’ women’s programs.
Sources operates five staffed homes for adults with developmental disabilities and autism, but officials say one is a priority for space and accessibility upgrades.
Money raised at the gala will help Sources “create a home where all residents can comfortably age in place.”
“We want to give our residents exactly what everyone has, despite their disabilities and how their needs may change,” Christine Conlin, the foundation’s executive director, said in a news release.
“They deserve to feel comfortable, be able to access their home and live as independently as possible.”
Sources food banks – which have logged nearly 77,000 visits in the past year; an increase of more than 50 per cent from 2021-2022 – will also benefit from gala proceeds, as will the organization’s DiscoverY counselling program for youth.
Sources CEO David Young said the gala isn’t only about raising money.
“It also gathers our community together for an important cause,” Young said in the release.
“Because of the overwhelming response we have received from last year’s gala, we were able to launch a new anti-violence women’s program. This year, we are asking for everyone’s help to better serve the long-term needs of our residents and assist others to overcome hunger and mental health challenges.”
As of Tuesday morning (Oct. 24), the silent auction had raised just shy of $3,200, and the raffle jackpot was at $2,525.
For more information, visit SourcesFoundation.ca/Gala