A record crowd of more than 800 people came out to honour Dr. Ignat Kaneff at Community Living Mississauga’s 32nd Annual Tribute Dinner on Thursday, March 31st.

When a cheque for $230,400 was presented at the end of the evening, Dr. Kaneff and demonstrated why he is recognized as a great philanthropist, known for his generosity. He took the microphone and announced that he was donating an additional $70,000 to bring the proceeds for the evening up to $300,000!

“Dr. Kaneff is an exceptional individual. Coming from humble roots in Bulgaria, Dr. Kaneff is now recognized not only throughout Mississauga, but around the world,” explained Jack A. Prazeres, Chair of the Tribute Dinner Organizing Committee. “This year’s Tribute Dinner was an ideal opportunity to recognize Dr. Kaneff, who has supported Community Living Mississauga for 44 years with proceeds from his charitable golf tournament and has served, along with his wife Didi, as Honourary Chairs of the Annual Tribute Dinner for more than three decades.”

The evening included silent and live auctions and guests were treated to entertainment from Dimitrovche, a Bulgarian Folk Ensemble, and the Ontario Male Chorus as well as remarks from His Excellency Nikolay Milkov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Canada ; the Hon. Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, Province of Ontario; the Hon. William Davis, Former Premier of Ontario; Mayor Bonnie Crombie, City of Mississauga; Hazel McCallion, Former Mayor, City of Mississauga; and Dr. Mamdouh Shorkri, President and Vice-Chancellor of York University.

“Community Living Mississauga has seen many changes over the years. The evolution 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 be hosting this event to honor Dr. Kaneff, who has been a supporter of our organization throughout this journey.”

Jennifer Oppong, who has participated in Community Living Mississauga’s recreational and employment programs, also shared some of her personal experiences with the organization and explained the impact it has had on her life.

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.