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Gala raises $51K for United Way

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Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall hosted the 11th annual Simcoe County Warden’s Gala on Sept. 28.

SUBMITTED Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall hosted the 11th annual Simcoe County Warden’s Gala on Sept. 28.

Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall hosted the 11th annual Simcoe County Warden's Gala at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort in Alliston on Sept. 28. Thanks to the sponsorship of the numerous individuals, businesses and organizations, the event raised $51,000 in support of United Way Simcoe Muskoka.

"Over the past 11 years, the gala has raised more $650,000 to assist our partners at the United Way bring residents from poverty to possibility," said Marshall. "It was a special night with a singular focus on making a meaningful impact on the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents. Thank you to all our generous sponsors, partners and guests for making the gala such a huge success."

Highlights of the evening included a musical performance by Jeremy de Freitas, food stations provided by the Nottawasaga Inn Resort, entertainment by comedian Gilson Lubin, and CTV News Anchor Jayne Pritchard as the evening's emcee.

The County of Simcoe is a proud partner of United Way Simcoe Muskoka in part because of the complementary missions. As the consolidated municipal service manager, the county administers essential social services programs for residents throughout the region including the cities of Barrie and Orillia through the children and community services, social housing, and Ontario Works departments.

"We truly appreciate the ongoing support of Marshall, county council and staff, as well as the generosity of all sponsors and guests who participated in this year's event," said UWSM CEO Dale Biddell, whose team works closely with the county and many other community partners to improve social conditions for the residents of local communities. "Since 2006, the Warden's Gala has been a valuable opportunity to build much-needed awareness, alliances and resources to further this work."

United Way Simcoe Muskoka invests grants, research and expertise to address high-priority social challenges across Simcoe County. These life-changing resources help move county residents from poverty to possibility, to build inclusive communities, and help children and youth reach their potential.



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