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Fourth Annual Shelter Gala


Nov 28 / Tuesday

Fourth Annual Shelter Gala

A “gala” experience for 300 of our Downtown Eastside neighbours

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT! All donations to our GivingTuesday Shelter Gala will be matched! Help us raise $75,000 by midnight Nov. 29th.


November 28 is GivingTuesday and you’re invited to support our fourth annual GivingTuesday Shelter Gala. Instead of a traditional gala that includes luxuries for donors, we’re providing 50 FIRST UNITED shelter residents with an incredible evening of entertainment and gifts, and a special three-course meal prepared by celebrity chef Billy Nguyen.

This year, we’re hitting the streets of the Downtown Eastside with that five-star meal, too! Chef Billy will prepare over 250 gourmet meals to serve to the broader community from the FIRST UNITED Food Truck!

We’re raising $75,000 for this event that will provide approximately 300 Downtown Eastside community members with a special, gourmet meal, and 50 residents of our shelter with gifts, entertainment, and dignity. 

Become an evening sponsor: $2,500

Residents will enjoy their gala experience from your named table. Businesses will be recognized as Community Partners for one year on our website, and individuals will be recognized as Community Donors. Also included is an employee engagement or volunteer experience, where you and 7 others assist with a food truck meal service and receive a DTES community education session from our staff!

Become a table sponsor: $1,500

Shelter residents will enjoy their gala experience from your named table, and you can submit a short message to be displayed. Photos from our expanded community lunch and Shelter Gala will be shared directly with you as a keepsake. Ensure residents have an exceptional evening, and support FIRST’s work of providing belonging, dignity, and justice to the DTES.

Become a gift sponsor: $500

In true holiday fashion, all residents are given gift bags with special treats at the Shelter Gala. Become a gift sponsor and we’ll also include a hand-written card with a custom message from you inside, to make it a truly personal experience.

To donate

You can donate directly toward our Shelter Gala goal online. All donations will be matched! 

To become a sponsor

If you would like your company to become a GivingTuesday Shelter Gala sponsor please contact Katie Koncan, Director of Development and Communications, at [email protected] or 604.335.9334.

To create a Shelter Gala Team Fundraiser

You can create a team and collectively become Gift, Table, or Evening sponsors and still reap all the benefits! Once you create your team, ask your friends, family, and neighbours to donate and join you. You can create your fundraising team quickly and easily through CanadaHelps.

Our deepest thanks to our Shelter Gala Partners:


Start: Nov 28, 2023 12:00 PM
End: Nov 28, 2023 8:30 PM

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