FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR INNER CITY YOUTH, the Calling to Connect Gala will take you on a journey of hope, showing in pictures, words and art how we are all connected.
Thanks to our corporate sponsors and donors ICYA’s “Calling to Connect Gala, Inner City Exposed” had a record turnout of 393 people and raised a record amount of $200,262+ for relationship-based programs at ICYA. The evening focused on breaking the barriers of discrimination, while exposing the harsh realities that inner city kids face daily. The evening was rich through the participation of actor, singer and activist Tom Jackson who spoke and performed, Global Winnipeg’s anchor Megan Batchelor as emcee, Winnipeg artist KC Adams Perception and Cyborg Hybrid series being exhibited, both highlighting stereotypes of Indigenous people, and fiddler Jason Lepine and guitarist Jeremy Rusu. Thanks to donors, sponsors and special guests for impacting and improving the lives of Inner City Kids, giving them the ability to reach their God-given potential.
Inner City Exposed
Winnipeg’s inner city youth receive a negative rap from the world and are often described as: lazy, good for nothing, a burden on society and a source of crime. In reality, they are often the victims. Growing up in poverty brings with it a gamut of brutal circumstances and risks. Society typically looks away and points fingers of blame rather than considering the harsh realities that these kids face daily. Together we can break the pattern of blame and eliminate barriers of discrimination by building bridges of compassion and working hard to empower our youth. Rich or poor, we are worthy of the same chance to thrive and reach our God-given potential.
Please join us for an evening that will give you a fresh perspective on the myths and realities of inner city youth.
Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm Arrival, Dinner at 6:15 pm
Location: At the Centro Caboto Centre, 1055 Wilkes Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Individual Tickets: $65 each
The event sells out quickly. Reserve your tickets and table today by contacting Laurie at 204-582-8779 ext. 207 or click to email Laurie.
For over 40 years Canadian-born actor, singer and activist Tom Jackson has crafted a compassionate stage for caring. He is famous for his acting role in North of 60, Shining Time Station, Street Legal and guest appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation. The singer is best known for The Huron Carole concert series where he raises funds for Canada’s food banks. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada 2000 for his music and humanitarian effort, received the Queen’s Jubilee Medals in 2002 and 2012, the Juno and Gemini Humanitarian Award 2007 and several honorary degrees. Tom’s passion and dedication for the marginalized was born after living on the back streets of Winnipeg for seven years and it’s where he launched his music career.
Master of Ceremonies
Global’s Night Watch reporter Megan Batchelor’s broadcasting career began while in high school, working evenings and weekends at CFAM Radio 950 Altona. CKX News Brandon was her next reporting job before she moved to Global Winnipeg. A small-town girl at heart, Megan enjoys sharing local stories, meeting people and visiting her family in Altona. As a Blue Bomber season ticket holder, you will find Megan cheering for the blue and gold.
* Reservations made before October 2, 2014 will ensure corporate placement and maximum visibility.
* There is no money raised on individual ticket sales, therefore they are non-receiptable. All donations made at the banquet will go DIRECTLY to supporting our programs!