In 2014, the Chief’s Gala to support Victim Services Toronto raised $233,000. This year, the organization that depends on corporate and private donations to do its work helping victims of crime and sudden tragedy, expects to surpass that total.
The annual event, which takes place on Thursday, November 5, at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, is now sold out
Chief Mark Saunders is hosting the eighth annual gala.
“The Chief’s Gala is especially significant for Victim Services Toronto, because of Chief Mark Saunders,” said the organization’s executive director Bonnie Levine. “Throughout his career with the Toronto Police Service, he has been a strong advocate for victims and Victim Services Toronto. His demonstrated support in continuing the Chief’s Gala, while not surprising, is deeply meaningful and incredibly encouraging. The funds raised from the Chief’s Gala are the underpinning for all our programs and services which help approximately 20,000 victims each year.”
Over 500 guests, including police chiefs and senior police leaders from across the province, government ministers and members of the business community are expected to attend the event.
Brian Moniz and Paula Silver are this year’s co-chairs while City of Toronto chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat is the Master of Ceremonies.
The gala tickets cost $300. Gala tables for 10 guests’ are available for $3,000.
Tickets can be ordered online at chiefsgala.com
Victim Services Toronto is a multi-service agency providing crisis response, trauma and support services to victims of crime and sudden tragic circumstances 24 hours a day. Supervised by crisis counsellors, volunteers provide crisis intervention and referrals, assist on the telephone or attend the scene as requested and also help with fundraising and other community outreach initiatives.