Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) hosted its 14th Annual Conservation Gala on Thursday, May 30. This year marked another successful event with 390 guests who raised approximately $310,000 in support of local environmental initiatives. Sponsorship from community businesses raised a significant portion of these funds.
The Conservation Gala is a fundraiser that supports CVCF’s five-year Protect, Connect and Sustain Campaign. The campaign goal is to raise $5 million for Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) by 2020 to support three key projects: the Credit Valley Trail, Conservation Youth Corps and land securement. To date, CVCF has raised $4.8 million of their 5-year campaign goal.
“We’re so thankful for all the support received at this year’s gala,” said Karen Ras, CVCF Board Chair. “These funds will help Credit Valley Conservation complete critical environmental work toward a vibrant, sustainable future. We’re grateful for the support from businesses, partners, volunteers and individuals in our community.”
The gala, held at Lionhead Golf Club and Conference Centre in Brampton, kicked-off with a cocktail reception sponsored by Lakeview Community Partners. Additional entertainment included a Birds of Prey experience with native wildlife, and pianist Davor Jordanovski.
Guests were welcomed to the dining room by CVCF’s Chair and Master of Ceremonies, Karen Ras. The event featured a special 8-item live auction sponsored by 407 ETR with Philanthro-tainment by Layne the Auctionista. Guests also showed their support through a silent auction featuring 118 unique items and experiences. Port Credit West Village Partners sponsored the three-course dinner. Wine was sponsored by Condrain, DG Group, Aquatech and GEMS.
“This year our Fund-A-Need auction was a huge success, raising over $17,000 in under five minutes,” said Terri LeRoux, CVCF Executive Director. “These funds will help us acquire 44 acres of crucial land in the heart of Caledon. This will be the first land securement initiative for the Credit Valley Trail. Thanks to the support of local businesses and community members, we’re connecting more people with nature and protecting land for the future.”
Since 2006, the Conservation Gala has raised over $2.2 million in support of CVC projects and initiatives that enhance the local environment for present and future generations. Each year our corporate leaders, individual donors and municipal representatives attend the Conservation Gala.
Caption: left to right: Michael Ras, CVCF’s Executive Director Terri LeRoux, CVCF’s Chair Karen Ras, CVC’s Credit Valley Trail Senior Coordinator Natalie Faught and CVCF’s Past Chair Jim Muscat at the 14th annual Conservation Gala on Thursday, May 30, 2019.
Caption: Left to right: CVCF’s Chair Karen Ras and CVCF’s Executive Director Terri LeRoux at the 14th annual Conservation Gala on Thursday, May 30, 2019.
Caption: Left to right: Town of Orangeville Councillor Grant Peters and wife Heather at the 14th annual Conservation Gala on Thursday, May 30, 2019.
About Credit Valley Conservation Foundation
Credit Valley Conservation Foundation is a registered environmental charity working to help protect and conserve the lands and waters of the Credit River Watershed. The Foundation accomplishes this by raising funds in support of the valuable conservation projects carried out by Credit Valley Conservation that protect the health and well-being of the flora and fauna, the watershed and its inhabitants for today and tomorrow.
About Credit Valley Conservation
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. That watershed is the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drain into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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