Nearly 750 family, friends and dignitaries came out to honour master philanthropist Sam Ciccolini, at Community Living Mississauga’s 34th annual Tribute Dinner on Thursday, March 22nd at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

The evening, which was emceed by Leonard Lombardi, raised $255,555 to support children, teens and youth to attend Community Living Mississauga’s Summer and March Break Programs.

Michael Ciccolini, Samantha Youakim, Dr. Agosotinho Pierro, Senator Consiglio Di Nino and Raniero D’Amuri, Italian Vice Consul General, shared memories and stories about Sam’s philanthropic work as well as insights into his family life.

Michael DeMelo, a young man supported by Community Living Mississauga who has participated in the organization’s summer and March Break programs, shared some of his personal experiences with the organization and explained the impact it has had on his life.

The evening also featured entertainment from legendary singer/songwriter, Andy Kim.

“Community Living Mississauga has seen many changes since our first Tribute Dinner was held. During these 34 years, we have built an organization which has seen growth and expansion in opportunities that cover all aspects of life from residential opportunities to day support, employment, leisure and recreational activities,” said Eugene Nolin, President of Community Living Mississauga’s Board of Directors. “We are proud to host this event to honour Mr. Ciccolini, who has enhanced our community by supporting our organization as well as many other charitable initiatives.”

Jack A. Prazeres, Chair of the 2018 Tribute Dinner Planning Committee, echoed Nolin’s sentiments about the impact Sam Ciccolini has had on our community.

“Sam Ciccolini is man who has built communities from the ground up through his involvement and dedication to the charitable sector spanning over six decades,” said Prazeres. “His impact has been seen and felt across our province and great nation. Not only is he a committee member of the Annual Tribute Dinner, he is also a generous supporter of the event.”

Sam has created several small and medium-sized businesses which now employ more than 100 hard-working Canadians.  Despite the demands on his many business interests, Sam is an active volunteer in the community raising funds for more than 80 groups, including services clubs, hospital and research organizations, provincial ministries, community health centres, municipalities, charitable foundations, scholarship funds, and Community Living Mississauga – all of which have benefitted from his time and talents over the years.

Now in its 34th year, the annual Tribute Dinner has raised more than $2.9 million to provide opportunities for children and youth who have an intellectual disability to attend summer camp programs. This year’s event is presented by The Symons Group at ScotiaMcCloud Mississauga with dinner sponsored by Masters Insurance and the Christina Ciccolini Memorial Fund.