Mayor’s gala a boost to the community

Mayor Iain Lovatt knows how to throw a party.

His sold-out, inaugural mayor’s gala proved to not only be one of the town’s social and business highlights of the year but was a huge success at providing what will be a big boost for some local organizations.

The event, with 340 guests, entertained by Jazz vocalist Tia Brazda and presided over by local emcee favourite Jim Mason, helped to raise about $90,000 for the Whitchurch-Stouffville Legacy Fund.

Mayor Lovatt’s 2019 fundraising efforts have secured close to $200,000 for the Whitchurch-Stouffville Legacy Fund for a grand total with the endowment of almost $700,000.

The fund, noted Mayor Lovatt, has a goal of achieving $2 million and is meant to support special community-building efforts. Lovatt shared his vision for the Legacy Fund and what it will do for the community and also presented the Community Impact Awards, a nod to exemplary citizens who have contributed to the betterment of Whitchurch-Stouffville.

The Legacy Fund, which will be administered by the board, will be accepting submissions for grants and donations during October. The deadline for grants and donations this year is October 31, 2019.

While the amount to raise is substantial, one of the highlights of the gala event was to announce the first major donors, Flato Developments and Wyview Group, who committed to chip into the fund will be committing $500,000.

“I am blown away by the support that we received at my first Gala #ForStouffville,” said Lovatt. “From the event sponsors to auction donors, planning committee, volunteers, venue and catering staff, award winners and all the guests – thank you for your contribution to our community. To end the evening by announcing the $500,000 endowment for the Whitchurch-Stouffville Legacy Fund just put things over the top. I can’t thank Mr. Rehmatullah of Flato Developments and Mr. Wang of the Wyview Group enough for their commitment to the people of Whitchurch-Stouffville.”

Award winners and the Legacy Fund were not the only celebrants of the evening as one lucky winner walked off with a trip to Cabo San Lucas as part of a raffle. The raffle sales benefited Ronald McDonald House Charities and, in particular, the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Markham Stouffville Hospital.

For more information and to contribute to the Legacy Fund, visit www.wslegacyfund.com.

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