The nearly 500 people who attended Community Living Mississauga’s 29th annual Tribute Dinner on March 28th at the Mississauga Convention Centre enjoyed an evening of food and entertainment while helping raise $140,000 for unfunded March Break and Summer programs for children, teens and youth.

This year’s event took a break from tradition. Instead of honouring a leading citizen from Mississauga, the evening paid homage to Mississauga’s world renowned landmark, the Absolute World Towers.

“Community Living Mississauga’s Tribute Dinner has continued to grow and evolve for nearly three decades,” explained Jack Prazeres, Chair of the Tribute Dinner Planning Committee. “This year’s planning committee decided to try something new this year. Instead of paying tribute to someone, we featured something which is putting Mississauga on the map.

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The Absolute World Towers are the internationally acclaimed 56-story tower, nicknamed the Marilyn Monroe building and its companion of 50 stories, at the intersection of Hurontario and Burnhamthorpe. The buildings, built by Cityzen Development Group and Fernbrook Homes, are the result of an international design competition with the winner being a young architect, Yansong Ma of Beijing.

Guests participated in both silent and live auctions and they were treated to entertainment from opera singer Vania Margani and Grammy-award-winning artist, Liberty Silver.

Another change for this year’s event was the addition of a dance following the evening’s formal program.

One thing that didn’t change was the memorable evening attendees experienced while supporting an important community agency. Proceeds from the event enable children and teens who have an intellectual disability to actively participate in a variety of summer camp programs offered throughout Mississauga.

Former summer program attendee, Adam Michniewicz, shared some of his experiences from the camps he attended and told guests about the impact the programs had on his life.

Each year, more than 200 children and youth participate in Community Living Mississauga’s summer programs – programs which are not government funded and require financial support from the annual Tribute Dinner and other fundraising events.