Hundreds of young professionals prepare to party at one of Toronto's best St. Patrick's charity balls to raise tens of thousands of dollars to help those less fortunate in downtown west.
One of Toronto's largest charitable food banks is preparing for its 6th annual St. Patrick's themed Lucky Ball fundraiser. The downtown party attracts hundreds of downtown residents with proceeds going to serve the clients of the Fort York Food Bank (contributing >20% of FYFB's operating budget).
FYFB serves the entire downtown west community (essentially from Yonge west to Dovercourt and Bloor south to the lake) and recently relocated to 380 College Street
FYFB is 1 of 10 Canadian organizations in Charity Intelligence's Impact Fund, reflecting the charity's success in financial transparency, accountability to donors and cost-efficiency (FYFB puts over 95% of every donation towards programs)
Lead sponsors of the event are Amsterdam BrewHouse and Brad J. Lamb Realty Inc., with important contributions from other generous corporate participants
WHAT AND WHO:
6th Annual Lucky Ball fundraiser celebrating the spirit of St. Patrick's Day and benefitting the Fort York Food Bank
Radio: Interviewing Board Co-Chairman Julie LeJeune on the importance of this event to the community the food bank serves and how the event ties the growing community together.
TV/Print/Online: Doing a story on the programs and volunteers, and the help provided by this fundraiser, which is supported by the neighbours and businesses in the community.
Providing notice of the event in your local calendars.
STORY OPPORTUNITIES NIGHT OF EVENT
TV/Print/Online: Availability for live hits, taped visuals/interviews, photography with interviews of Lucky Ball Committee members and attendees for nightly/morning stories.
WHAT LUCKY BALL NEEDS
People to buy tickets and party!
Silent auction donations
Corporate sponsorship dollars which provide prominent recognition of the company in marketing collateral
If people can't attend but want to help, tax receipted charitable donations through fyfb.com
ABOUT LUCKY BALL
Launched in 2013, the Lucky Ball is the largest and most prominent fundraising event for the Fort York Food Bank (FYFB), generating approximately 20% of the charity's annual cash operating budget. The Lucky Ball has raised more than $130,000 since inception. The cocktail attire event provides attendees with great music, gift bags, open bar and hors d'oeuvres and has become one of the most popular St. Patrick's Day parties in Toronto while increasing FYFB's connection to the downtown west community we serve.
ABOUT FORT YORK FOOD BANK AND WHO WE SERVE
FYFB was founded in 1998 and is a grassroots charitable organization that directly assists families and individuals in need who live in downtown Toronto. The charity is non-denominational, receives no government funding and is not politically aligned. FYFB is volunteer-driven, with only one paid staff member and is one of the largest food banks serving Toronto. It puts over 95% of every donation towards programs. FYFB serves over 1,000 clients every month, approximately 40% of whom are recent immigrants or refugees, 15% are children and 18% seniors. The typical client survives on $4 per day after housing costs. FYFB provides vital services that can help prevent homelessness within this vulnerable population, by feeding the hungry through the provision of groceries and hot meals and helping people get on track by offering a variety of supportive services in a safe environment so they can find jobs, safe housing, and appropriate social/community programs. Being a local organization, FYFB staff and volunteers take the time to speak with clients that come through the door, as each client contact is an opportunity to establish trust and identify core needs beyond the immediacy of food.
Our thanks to Cision for sponsoring this announcement