Community Update

Waterfront Gala Raises Significant Funds for North Shore Charities

June Newsletter Duana

The North Shore Waterfront Gala celebrated two major milestones this year: our tenth event and a total of over $243,000 raised! This year two new charitable partners were selected to receive an annual grant of $50,000 each per year for two years: Backpack Buddies and North Shore Crisis Services Society (NCSSS).

Backpack Buddies work to fill the “weekend hunger gap” for children who rely on school-based meal programs during the week. The program discreetly provides bags of food directly to kids every Friday, and currently supports 124 families on the North Shore. NSCSS provides housing solutions and direct service programs to women and children (+ pets) surviving violence on the North Shore. Funding from the Gala will advance life-changing housing and support services that will help families to rebuild their lives.

This year the sold-out Gala (over 300 people) had ‘“fund a need” donor cards for each charity, which raised an additional $28,100 for the two organizations. A big thank you to the attendees and sponsors for their contributions!

All funds in excess of the committed $100,000 will go to the North Shore Waterfront Endowment Fund, which is managed by the North Shore Community Foundation (NSCF). North Shore organizations providing services to families and children can apply for grants at: Neptune and our fellow Gala sponsors believe that an investment in the well-being of children — our future citizens, employees and leaders — is an investment in the future of our community and our businesses.

Past beneficiaries of the Gala include North Shore Neighbourhood House, the Learning Disabilities Society, Sharing Abundance and Hollyburn Family Services Society’s Youth Safe House.