2017 Conservation Gala

Like a fine wine, Credit Valley Conservation Foundation’s (CVCF) annual galas get better with age. CVCF hosted its 12th Annual Conservation Gala on Thursday, May 4.

Over 375 guests including corporate leaders, individual donors, community stakeholders and municipal representatives happily wined and dined to support a positive future for the Credit River watershed. Guests were determined to show their commitment to our watershed by setting a new record in donations. Between the tickets sold, donations, corporate sponsorships and live and silent auctions, guests raised an astounding $237,000.

Like years past, there were some outstanding live and silent auction items. The CVCF team collected 150 bottles of wine to donate to the live auction in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Guests discussing the history of the Credit River in front of the 150 wine bottles.
Guests discussing the history of the Credit River in front of the 150 wine bottles.

Funds raised support 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 first is investing in securing new conservation lands ensure they are protected in perpetuity. The second is inspiring youth to be future environmental champions through the Conservation Youth Corps program. The third is building the Credit Valley Trail to connect the Lake Ontario waterfront to the headwaters of the Credit River in Orangeville.

CVC’s CAO Deborah Martin-Downs arriving in style on the red carpet
CVC’s CAO Deborah Martin-Downs arriving in style on the red carpet

All guests were there to support Mother Nature. Special guest speaker Caroline King, former Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, articulated the importance of conserving our environment for current and future generations. Nature is essential to healthy communities and individual well-being.

Since 2006, the Conservation Gala has raised over $1.6 million in support of CVC projects and initiatives. The CVCF team consists of three hard-working individuals. Months of planning and dedication are required to ensure a successful event. The smiles seen and laughs heard throughout the evening confirmed that it was indeed a job well-done.

Gala guests enjoying the evening.
Gala guests enjoying the evening.

View the photo gallery of the 12th Annual Conservation Gala. Stay in the know with all things CVCF by following their Twitter account or visiting their website.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Dinner Sponsor:

  • Port Credit West Village Partners (Diamond Corp., Dream, FRAM + Slokker, Kilmer Van Nostrand Co. Ltd)

Cocktail Reception Sponsors:

  • DG Group
  • Condrain
  • Aquatech
  • GEMS

Valet & Photography Sponsors:

  • Argo Land Development
  • Urbantech Consulting

Birds of Prey Sponsor:

  • Shoreplan Engineering

Wine Sponsor:

  • Solmar Development Corp

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