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Third Annual Shelter Gala


Nov 29 / Tuesday

Third Annual Shelter Gala

It’s nearly time for our GivingTuesday Shelter Gala and we’re making it bigger than ever!

November 29 is GivingTuesday and you’re invited to support our third annual 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 specialty 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 200 gourmet meals to serve to the broader community from the new FIRST UNITED Food Truck!

We’re raising $75,000 for this event that will provide 50 residents with comfort, dignity, and special celebration they often don’t get, and the expanded community lunch will feed over 200 community members.

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 may assist with a food truck meal service and receive a community education session!

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 bigger picture work.

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

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 29, 2022 12:00 PM
End: Nov 29, 2022 8:30 PM

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