In February 2013, a couple of donors (Scott Shallow of Brad Lamb Realty and Sennheiser) approached the Board of Directors of the Fort York Food Bank with a $10,000 donation. The Board was ecstatic, but figured that with these guys behind them, perhaps they could leverage the $10,000 donation into something more.
That “something more” morphed into the first annual Lucky Ball, a St. Patrick’s Day-themed party. The Brad Lamb Realty / Sennheiser donation was used to rent a venue and pay for staffing. Molsons (Heineken) threw in beer for the party. Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene) agreed to DJ the event. Whitney Pizale (W Events) and Lindsay Grange (Rethink Breast Cancer) offered to plan the party. SheDoesTheCity.com came on as a media sponsor. And Chris Murphy at CIBC stepped up to cover the cost of decor and anything else we needed. The result was that the cost of the party was completed covered and in March 2013 —- less than one month after the concept for the event was born — 300 influential young professionals attended the first annual Lucky Ball, raising almost $30,000 for Fort York Food Bank.
In 2017, our goal is to raise approximately $40,000 for Fort York Food Bank. Raising $40,000 would cover almost 1/3rd of the food bank’s cash operating budget for 2017.
About Fort York Food Bank
Fort York Food Bank (an agency of the Daily Bread Food Bank and Second Harvest), located at Dundas Street West and Bathurst Street, is a multi-service agency reconnecting people with our community. 95% of every donation to FYFB goes directly to programs that provide an integrated set of services assisting clients in a holistic manner. In a given month, FYFB helps approximately 1,200 of the most vulnerable members of our community; FYFB clients survive on an average of $3 a day after housing costs.
For more information on FYFB, please visit fyfb.com.