2018 Around the World Gala Celebrates Community with "Aloha 'Ohana"

March 21, 2018

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The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington is excited to recreate the warmth and fun of Hawaii with this year’s Around the World Gala, “Aloha ‘Ohana.” On October 13th, the community will come together to generate much-needed funds to provide empowering opportunities for local children and youth living in low-income households. The Hawaiian theme will be represented in the evening’s décor, entertainment, cuisine and undoubtedly in the dress of its guests.

“The goal of the Gala is two-fold,” says Glenna Banda, Children’s Foundation Executive Director, “we look back proudly on what we’ve achieved together and celebrate the incredible impact of our community. We also look forward with courage and drive to continue building hope for local kids in need. We couldn’t do this without the tremendous support of our community.”

One of those proud and loyal supporters is Dan Burnham and The Co-operators Insurance, Presenting Sponsor of Around the World 2018. “It’s important for co-operatives like us that we’re connecting our values to supporting the communities where we live and work,” says Burnham. “I can’t think of a better way to support the community than by ensuring the future success of local children and youth.”

The word ‘ohana, incorporated in the name of the event, is a perfect fit with the mandate of the Children’s Foundation. ‘Ohana is a key concept of Hawaiian culture, referring to an extended sense of family that includes relatives, friends, neighbours and communities. The Children’s Foundation likewise believes in strengthening its community and the bonds within it by providing each child and youth the opportunities they need to build hope for lifelong change and break the cycle of poverty.

Each year, the demand for the Children’s Foundation’s programs continues to rise. Based on this community need, the organization is focused over the next three years on doing more to end childhood poverty in Guelph and Wellington. The funds raised at the Around the World Gala will be carefully invested in local children and youth to ensure that opportunity outshines their current hardships.

For sponsorship opportunities of support for Around the World 2018, please contact Kasia Rusiniak, Events Manager, by emailing kasia@childrensfoundation.org.