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2023 15th ANNUAL GALA:

May 5, 2023 at Bellvue Manor in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

Thank you to our TOBFC Global Family for making our 15th Annual Gala such a great success! It was wonderful to see so many supporters in person once again on Friday, May 5, 2023, in Vaughan, Canada. Together we raised a total of CAN $84,057 that will help ensure the success of our programs in 2023.


The night was filled with lots of fun activities, including a photo booth, dancing, door prizes, and our very popular 3D virtual reality tour of TOBFC programs in Tanzania. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make the evening a success. A special thank you to our MC Tom Morton who kept us on track, Andres Molnar our trumpeter, Stephanie Ferracane who sang the Tanzanian and Canadian national anthems, and Allan Moore the evening's photographer.


Our founder Deborah McCracken-Nangereke’s keynote address included some personal stories, interesting insights into TOBFC programs and plans for the coming year. She emphasized the transformative role that education programs have on both individuals and communities. Thank you for supporting TOBFC’s programs and helping our students dream!

Platinum Gala Sponsor 

Silver Gala Sponsor 

Bronze Gala Sponsor

Table Donors – $1,500 and above

Bellvue Manor

Dr. Amin Dhalla and Dolly Jiwa

Councillor Gino Rosati

Glenda Woods​

Montessori School in Kleinburg

​Natural Electric


Sunrise Printing Corp.

Tender Nursing Care

Gold Ticket Purchasers and Donors – $500 and above

Richard Boutin

Drumm International Group Inc.

Tina Haller

Patricia McCabe

Ginette and Wayne McCracken

Malcolm Moore

Robbie Rotin

Shoreplan Engineering Ltd.


Individual Ticket Purchasers and Donors – up to $499

Cathy Baxter

Nicholas Beck

Susan Beckett

Bob & Peggy Belcher

Sherri Bennewies

Barbara Blonska

Michael Bonello

Kim Bonomo

Michael Callahan

Susan Carter Smith

Francesca Gigliotti Chari

Brenda Clark

Janet Dabei

Diana Davey

Maureen Davey

Barbara Davis

Leopoldina De Medeiros

Nancie Drouin

Marc Drumm

Robyn Drumm

Sylvie Fournier

Kathleen Gorsline

Mariann Grimaldi

Rabindra Gunraj

Cathy Hillary

Peter Jacobsen

Kelly Johnson

Sandra Kaufman

Monica Kavanagh

Angelika Koeth

Daniel Koomar

Keshini Kumarakesary

Heidi Last

Karen Letwinka

Matthew Mah

Mario Marrelli

Rev. Dr. Peter Mikelic

Kelli Mlckovsky

Allan Moore

Malcolm Moore

Juan Mora

Judith Ness

Robert Onorato

Lisa Oppedisano

Mehernosh Pestonji

Sera Roberto

Laura Rosati

Charlotte & Jerome Ryan

Janice Seidelin

Linda Similas

Angela Simpson-Cormier

Barbara Smith

Rebecca Smith

Gwen Sugiyama

Duane & Toni Terrill

Lucy Vivaldo

Anthony Zavarella

Amanda Zupancic

Anonymous – 75

Silent Auction, Prize, and Decor Donors

Ana Pascos

Susan Carter Smith


Cottage and Crown

Creative Act ART

Emma Ferracane

Free Bird Paintings

Gala Organizing Committee

Helene Clarkson Design

How to Cake It

Ifakara Women's Group

Joyfully Organic Farm

Arlene Letwinka

Karen Letwinka

Linen Farm

Makingi Arts

Makonde Woodcarvers

Maureen Davey

Ginette and Wayne McCracken

Mid Valley Gardens

Deborah and Putiyei Nangereke

New Hope United Church Quilters

Pamoja Tunaweza

Party Magic

Victoria Pensa



Renew You Coaching

Repurposed With Panache

Ri-Go Lift Truck Ltd

Laura Rosati

Charlotte Ryan


Select Art Galleries

Stratus Vineyards

The Terrill Family

Wonder Workshop

Wood Creations by Richard

Victorian Garden Spa

Our Global Family is very important to us and we want to acknowledge every individual who has made a donation. We need your consent to recognize you on our website, so if you don't see your name please contact us at Let us celebrate you!

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