Friends of We Care Raises $1 Million for Easter Seals


TORONTO — Mississauga, Ont.’s International Centre housed a sea of shining stars this past weekend, as hundreds of foodservice industry executives gathered at the Friends of We Care “Lights, Camera… Taking Action,” gala, where a cheque for more than $1 million was presented to Easter Seals to fund trips to summer camp for disabled kids.

Every year the money raised helps send approximately 6,000 kids to 16 Easter Seals camps across the country. “It’s the best place on Earth. It’s a place where we can focus on our abilities, not our disabilities,” said Lara Wong, former We Care Ambassador, who co-hosted the night’s festivities with Breakfast Television’s Kevin Frankish and welcomed her friend, Taylor Hanson to the role of We Care Ambassador.

Current We Care Ambassador, Ian Steadman, also took to the stage to thank the foodservice industry for their support. Such appreciation continued throughout the evening as David Abrams of at Oakville, Ont.’s David Roberts, earned the Gary Wright Humanitarian Award; Quebec’s Saputo earned the Corporate Friend of We Care Award and Nick Perpick as well as John Rothschild of Vaughan, Ont.’s Prime Restaurants and Vaughan, Ont.’s Cara, respectively earned the Hall of Fame Award.

Since its inception, 31 years ago, Friends of We Care has raised more than $18 million to send disabled kids to Easter Seals’ camps.


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