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Thank you FOR supporting our 2024 16TH ANNUAL GALA:

April 27, 2024 at Bellvue Manor in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

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Thank you to our TOBFC Global Family for making our 16th Annual Gala the most successful gala yet! Together we raised a net total of C$75,800, exceeding last year’s amount by just over $1,700. 


Plus, Vaughan Mayor Steven Del Duca presented a cheque at the gala for $10,000 from the Spirit of Generosity. This donation will support the operation of TOBFC's KICKIT Mobile Libraries program, serving 20 communities and 4,000 students every week. Deborah McCracken-Nangereke thanked Mayor Del Duca by presenting him with a book from Tanzania for the City of Vaughan Libraries collection.


Our 2024 grand total including the Spirit of Generosity donation is a record-breaking C$85,800!
All of these funds will go directly to support TOBFC programs and services in Tanzania.

See the infographic for more achievements from the 2024 Gala. Thank you to everyone who contributed to these fabulous results.

The theme of the 2024 Gala was about the importance of strong roots. During her keynote address, founder Deborah McCracken-Nangereke described how TOBFC programs provide roots that transform lives by enabling individuals to grow and thrive. Deborah also discussed how her roots in Vaughan continue to provide incredible support to TOBFC.


Our MC for the evening Rob Pagetto flawlessly guided us through a fun-filled night that included a professional photo booth with a choice of Tanzanian backgrounds, painting messages of love for Tanzania, dancing, and a 3D virtual reality tour of TOBFC programs. Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor LiUNA! Local 183 and all our gala sponsors. We couldn’t have done it without you!


For every ticket purchased, TOBFC is planting one tree in Tanzania to demonstrate our commitment to strong roots, which is now being matched by the Tanzanian Regional government.


The 2024 Gala was a huge success, supporting impacts beyond our expectations and helping to make dreams come true!

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Platinum Gala Sponsor 

Silver Gala Sponsor 

Bronze Gala Sponsors

Gala Supporters

MC – Rob Pagetto

Artist – Anni Bretschneider

Photographer – Rayna Morrison

Singer – Stephanie Ferracane

Official Media Partner

Photo Booth Sponsor

Marketing Sponsor

Creative Sponsors

$10,000 Donation

Table Purchasers and Donors – $1,750 and above

A la Carte Financial

Bellvue Manor

Compact Mould

Barb & Karl Davis

Dr. Amin Dhalla & Dolly Jiwa

Ferracane Family

Francesca Gigliotti Chari

Gulshan & Pyarali G. Nanji Family Foundation

J.P. Kovac

Wayne McCracken

Montessori School in Kleinburg

Regional Councillor Gino Rosati

Hon. Deb Schulte & Anna Bortolus

Tender Nursing Care

Gold Ticket Purchasers and Donors – $500 and above

​Jane Alsop-McQueen

Nicholas Beck

Rein Breitmaier

Susan Carter Smith

Drumm International Group Inc.

Monica Kavanagh

Karen Letwinka & Richard Boutin

Mirela Madarasz

Thomas & Patricia McCabe

Ginette McCracken

Laura Rosati

Jamie Rossiter

Lindsay Stiles

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Individual Ticket Purchasers and Donors – up to $499

Simon Boutin

Ken Cormier

Diana Davey

Maureen Davey

Nancie Drouin

Marc Drumm

Robyn Drumm

Adina Fishbein

Sylvie Fournier

Jane Graham

Rabindra Gunraj

Louise Hiltunen

Michelle Hunt

Peter Jacobsen

Rev. Dr. Peter Mikelic

Robert Onorato

Tom Popielarczyk

Maria-Anna Rossi

Charlotte & Jerome Ryan

Janice Seidelin

Erica Sirdevan

Barbara Smith

Rebecca Smith

Gwen Sugiyama

Lynda Thompson

Councillor Adriano Volpentesta

Anthony Zavarella

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Silent Auction, Prize, and Décor Donors

Ana Pascos Portrait Artist

Baldani Fashion

Anni Bretschneider - Creative Act Art

Susan Carter Smith

Alex Cross

Cultural Heritage Tanzania

Maureen Davey

Diane Demidow

Drumm International Group Inc.

Firefly Feng Shui

Free Bird Paintings

Gala Committee


Gold Standard Gluten Free Baking Co.

Karima Hamir

Mo Hamir & Amin Rajan

How To Cake It

Jody Howe -

Dolly Jiwa

Monica Kavanagh

Kabuni Artisans

Leaf and Root Co.

Arlene Letwinka

Karen Letwinka

Makingi Arts

Makonde Woodcarvers

Mid Valley Gardens

Deborah & Putiyei Nangereke

Al Nanji

Naomi Simpson Astrology

The National Ballet of Canada

Party Magic

Victoria Pensa

Petal Academy


Tom Popielarczyk - Raymond James

Renew You

Repurposed With Panache

Laura Rosati

Charlotte Ryan

Jeff Smith

Michelle Elaine Wong


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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