Foodservice and Hospitality Pros Party for Kids


MISSISSAUGA, Ont. ― Hundreds of donors, volunteers and sponsors from the foodservice and hospitality industries donned their finest threads Saturday night to raise money for Concord, Ont.-based Friends of We Care, a non-profit organization that sends Canadian children with disabilities to Easter Seals summer camps.

The circus-themed gala featured carnival games, magicians, stilt-walkers and a death-defying aerial performance. In addition to a plated full-service dinner, party-goers noshed at several food stations.

Three award recipients were honoured for their overriding commitment and contributions: Quebec-based Olymel received the Corporate Friend of We Care award; Murray Webb of Toronto-based Armark Canada received the Hall of Fame Award; and TV personality Kevin Frankish received the Gary Wright Humanitarian Award. “I’ve talked about the camp a lot, and I finally got the chance to experience it first-hand this past summer,” said Frankish. “I want to talk to you about a really important moment I had when I was there. They had just taken the kids sailing and canoeing and kayaking. While I’m looking out watching these kids laughing and splashing each other with water, I turned and looked beside me at a bunch of empty wheelchairs and walkers left on the shore. That’s the great equalizer; letting kids be kids.”

At the end of the evening Easter Seals Canada CEO, Dave Starrett, accepted a cheque for $1,049,730, the total funds raised since last year’s gala. Since 1983, Friends of We Care has raised more than $17.5 million to send more than 38,000 children to summer camps across Canada.

The 25th annual We Care Golf and Spa Classic will take place June 2. For more information, visit

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