More than 650 people raised over $162,000 while honouring Mayor Hazel McCallion at Community Living Mississauga’s 30th annual Tribute Dinner on Thursday, March 27th.

The evening, themed “A Lifetime of Community Giving, Community Living”, celebrated Mayor McCallion’s contribution to the growth and development of Mississauga over the past four decades.

“This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Community Living Mississauga Foundation Tribute Dinner,” explained Jack A. Prazeres, Chair of the Tribute Dinner Planning Committee. “To celebrate this milestone anniversary, it seemed obvious that we needed to honour the woman who has served as mayor during each and every one of those events.”

The evening included remarks from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, John Tory as well as video greetings from former Premier Bill Davis.

For 2014, the organizing committee connected with Carassauga to create a truly multicultural event. Tribute Dinner attendees experienced Tastes of the World food stations from various Carassauga pavilions, enjoy music and dancing from a variety of cultures.

“This year’s Tribute Dinner truly represented the diverse community Mayor McCallion has helped create,” said Prazeres.

Guests participated in both silent and live auctions and they were treated to entertainment from various cultural groups who will also be participating in the upcoming Carassauga festival.

As has been the case for the past 30 years, attendees experienced an entertaining evening while supporting an important community organization. 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 participant, Michael Lazowski, shared some of his experiences from the camps he attended and told guests about the impact the programs had on his life.

Throughout her three-and-a-half decade term, Mayor McCallion has maintained a soft spot for the city’s youth. So it is very appropriate that proceeds from this evening’s dinner will go towards Community Living Mississauga’s unfunded leisure and recreational programs including the Summer and March Break programs supporting over 200 children and teens to have a fun summer, participating in the life of their community alongside their non-disabled peers.