Nature Inspires as Conservation Gala Receives Record Support

Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) hosted its 13th Annual Conservation Gala on Thursday, May 10. The final count shows a record level of support from the local community. More than 375 guests raised approximately $300,000 in support of local environmental initiatives. Sponsorship from businesses in the community 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.

“What a fantastic evening in support of a great cause,” said Karen Ras, CVCF Board Chair. “This year’s gala was the most successful in the event’s 13-year history. We’re well on our way to reaching our five-year fundraising goal thanks to the open hands and hearts of our donors. We’re so grateful for the support from the 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 a local cider sampling station.

Guests were welcomed to the dining room by CVCF’s Chair and Master of Ceremonies, Karen Ras. The event featured a special 10-item live auction with Philanthro-tainment by Layne the Auctionista and a silent auction with 125 unique items and experiences. Dinner was sponsored by Port Credit West Village Partners, and wine sponsored by Condrain, DG Group, Aquatech and GEMS.

“This year we held a Fund-A-Need auction that was a huge success, raising over $25,000 in under five minutes,” said Terri LeRoux, CVCF Executive Director. “We’re thrilled with the results. These funds will be used to acquire new land in the northern part of the watershed that we’ll protect for future generations.”

Since 2006, the Conservation Gala has raised over $1.9 million in support of CVC projects and initiatives that enhance the local environment for present and future generations. Every year the gala is attended by corporate leaders, individual donors and municipal representatives.


Caption: left to right: Layne the Auctionista, CVC’s CAO Deborah Martin-Downs and CVCF’s Chair Karen Ras sharing a laugh and entertaining guests during the live auction segment of CVCF’s 13th annual Conservation Gala on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
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Caption: left to right: CVCF’s Executive Director Terri LeLoux, CVCF’s Chair Karen Ras and CVCF’s Vice-Chair Ed Arundell at CVCF’s 13th annual Conservation Gala on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
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Caption: Wild Ontario volunteer Kathryn Arbour poses with Ellesmere (Elle), a Gyrfalcon, at CVCF’s 13th annual Conservation Gala on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
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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.


Media Contact
Jamie Williams
Specialist, Marketing & Communications
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 285
[email protected]

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