KAWARTHA LAKES: The Kawartha Haliburton Children’s Foundation (KHCF) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes Foundation (BGCKL Foundation) have announced a new partnership to ensure the highly successful Dream Ball continues to enrich the lives of children and youth for many years to come.
This year’s event which took place on November 16th, raised over $105,000. Guests were treated to a special Silver Anniversary celebration where it was announced that the KHCF and BGCKLF have entered into a partnership in order to ensure the longevity of the Dream Ball. The transition will occur over a period of five years, after which time BGCKL will be the sole organizer and beneficiary of the event.
“After 25 years, the timing was perfect to partner with another local organization in Lindsay,” says Deb Aben, Executive Director of the Kawartha Haliburton Children’s Foundation. “The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes was our first and best choice considering that many of the children already supported by the Dream Ball attend their summer camps.”
“We can’t thank KHCF and the Dream Ball committee members, past and present, enough for this wonderful opportunity,” says Amy Terrill, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes Foundation. “In 2020, the Club’s 50th anniversary year, it will be an incredible honour to work with the Dream Ball Committee, existing volunteers, sponsors and donors, and to bring our staff and volunteers to contribute their energy and ideas, in order to produce this fabulous community fund raising event.”
At last Saturday’s Dream Ball, six of the original committee members were honoured. Margaret Davies, Dorothy DeNure, Wanda Percival, Sue Stephenson, Barb Truax, and Ellen Woodward have been working on the event since its inception in 1994.
“Twenty-five years ago KHCF Board Member Margaret Davies and her friends created a new fundraising event to help send local at-risk children to summer camp,” explains Deb Aben, Executive Director of the Kawartha Haliburton Children’s Foundation. “Since then the Dream Ball has helped send over 5,000 vulnerable children who are involved with the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society to summer camp. We are thrilled that under the direction of the Boys and Girls Clubs, the event will continue for many years to support children and youth in our community.”
KHCF and BGCKL Foundation wish to thank all the sponsors, donors and guests of the 2019 Dream Ball. The 2020 Dream Ball is planned for Saturday, November 21st at the Victoria Park Armoury.