To make it possible to meet our philanthropic goals, we rely on the proceeds of fundraising events. Since its inception more than 100 years ago, the UWC of Toronto has been a force in finding creative ways to raise money to achieve these goals.
Our fundraising is mainly accomplished through creative social events organized by the Fundraising Committee, and supported and put into action by our entire club membership.
HOLA: A NIGHT IN SEVILLE FUNDRAISER FOR ROMERO HOUSE
On September 18, 2017, we hosted an amazingly successful fundraising evening. Over 200 people gathered at the Faculty Club, which was transformed into a festive ‘Night in Seville’. Guests were treated to sangria, wine, tapas, hors d’oeuvres and serenaded by classical guitar. The highlight of the evening was a beautiful flamenco dancer in her flaming red dress, with castanets and stomping heels.
The Silent Auction of 40 items included art, antiques, jewellery, gift certificates, theatre and sporting tickets; plus there were numerous raffle and door prizes, all thanks to our generous donors. When it was all tallied up, we were delighted and proud to report that we will be giving $15,000 to Romero House.
Its founder, Mary Jo Leddy, addressed the audience reminding us of the importance of a warm welcome – whether to our fellow University Women’s Club members or to new refugees to Canada. Like last year, this year’s donation from UWC to Romero House will be used to buy laptops for young women, providing them with a crucial tool for success in Canada. We are fortunate to have such a strong relationship with this wonderful organization.
Chopin & Champagne
Chopin and Champagne, the Gala Charity Event for Romero House held September 19, 2016 was a resounding success. Two hundred tickets were sold by the University Women’s Club Toronto, and the U of T Faculty Club donated the use of their three ground floor rooms at 41 Willcocks Street.By 5:00p.m. crowds had arrived, and AleksanderGerun, an immigrant from Sarajevo and a graduate of the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade skillfully played Chopin as the crowd enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvresand began bidding on generous donations ranging from a 20 karat gold brooch to an enchanting stained glass window to Blue Jays tickets.
When the bidding frenzy ended, Father Jack Costello introduced Mary Jo Leddy, the founder of Romero House. Leddy gave an inspiring address about the model of companionship given to refugees as they navigate the challenges of establishing their lives in Canada. Leddythen accepted a $1.000.00 donation from UWC president Judith Lewis. Eleven year old Daniela Reyes from Columbia read from her book in progress which demonstrated her flawless English.
Special thanks go to the event organizers Susan Freeman, Rosemary Hales, and Jane Hamer and to the spirited support of UWC members. 2016 marks the 25th year Romero House has been “welcoming the stranger” to Canada. More than 1,000 refugees fleeing torture, war, and political persecution around the globe have found the home a safeplace to land and live.
The house is named after Archbishop Oscar Romero, a courageous spokesman for the impoverished people of ElSalvador who was felled by an assassin’s bullet while saying mass. Located in the West Bend neighbourhood of Toronto, it is a collection of four houses and a community centre all within ten minutes walk of one another.
For more information, or to volunteer or make adonation,contact Romero House:
www.romerohouse.org or 416-763-1303.