Nearly 800 people helped raise $205,000 while honouring Mayor Bonnie Crombie at Community Living Mississauga’s 31st annual Tribute Dinner on March 26th.

“Community Living Mississauga’s Tribute Dinner has grown and evolved over the past 31 years…much like our great city,” explained Jack Prazeres, Chair of the Tribute Dinner Organizing Committee. “That is why the planning

committee felt the only possible honouree for our 31st annual dinner was our new Mayor, Bonnie Crombie.”

The Tribute dinner event was a great balance between the exciting future of Mississauga under the leadership of new Mayor Bonnie Crombie in addition to celebrating Community Living Mississauga’s 60th anniversary of providing

supports and services to individuals who have an intellectual disability in the community.

“We have seen many changes over the years with an evolution of growth and expansion offering 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. “And we are proud that this event in honoring Mayor Bonnie Crombie who has a long history of community leadership and volunteer service to the Mississauga community.”

The evening included silent and live auctions and guests were treated to entertainment from various cultural dance troupes and remarks from Mohamad Fakih of Paramount Foods, Gil Moore of Metalworks Studios, and Mayor Crombie’s three children.

As has been the case for more than 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.

Holly Pellizzer, who has participated in Community Living Mississauga’s recreational and employment programs as well as served on its Board of Directors, shared some of her personal experiences with the organization and explained the impact it has had on her life.

Proceeds from the 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.