Support Grieving Children with the Tender Hearts Gala, Friday April 26th

& Online Auction: Leather and Lace: Online Silent Auction, from April 20 (noon) – April 27 (6:00 pm)

Courtesy Barrie 360, April 18, 2024

By Marie Gagne

The Seasons Centre for Grieving Children invites you to an evening of elegance, entertainment, and impactful giving at their 28th Annual Tender Hearts Gala. This year’s event takes place on Friday, April 26 with an online auction running from April 20 to 27.


About the gala

This annual gala is a cornerstone event for the Seasons Centre, raising crucial funds for their vital peer support programs. As the only centre in the area solely dedicated to assisting bereaved children and their families, they provide a safe space for children, teens, and their loved ones to navigate the complex emotions of loss. The centre’s programs are free of charge, relying entirely on community generosity to continue offering comfort, education, and support during some of life’s most challenging moments.

This year’s theme, Leather and Lace, promises a unique and stylish atmosphere. Seasons Centre encourages guests to embrace the theme with their attire, adding a touch of glamour to the evening. The event will be hosted by Dale and Charlie from KOOL FM, ensuring an evening filled with laughter, engaging entertainment, and heartwarming moments.


How you can participate 

While in-person tickets are currently sold out, there are still exciting ways to participate and support a cause that makes a real difference in the lives of children and families facing grief.

The Tender Hearts Gala includes a fantastic Online Silent Auction. The auction will kick off Saturday, April 20 at 12 pm and close Saturday, April 27 at 6 pm. This virtual platform allows everyone to participate in the fundraising fun from the comfort of their own homes.

A sneak peak at the auction items

The auction boasts a diverse selection of incredible items, catering to a variety of tastes and interests. 

Culinary enthusiasts can bid on a state-of-the-art barbecue from Napoleon, perfect for elevating summer gatherings. And for those who appreciate a culinary adventure away from home, a $100 gift card to B’Spoke Kitchen & Market promises a delicious treat.

Wanderlusting spirits can set their sights on luxurious vacation rentals, with escapes to captivating destinations like a beachfront villa in Turks and Caicos or a beautiful Muskoka resort

Sports fans can vie for coveted tickets to see the Toronto Blue Jays in action. Or they can bid on a piece of hockey history – a 1967 Stanley Cup Win Maple Leafs Jersey signed by legendary Leafs players. Golfers can tee off with a foursome for 18 holes with a cart and lunch at the Midland Golf and Country Club.

For those seeking self-care serenity, you can find it in the Good Wax Candle Co’s self-care box. This collection of hand-poured soy candles and fragrance sprays is designed to promote well-being

Music lovers have the chance to bid on two tickets to see the Donny Osmond perform live at Casino Rama.  

And these are just a few of the many enticing items up for grabs!

By participating in the auction, you’re not only bidding on fantastic items. You’re also playing a vital role in supporting children and families. That’s because, every winning bid will contribute directly to the Seasons Centre’s mission, ensuring no child has to grieve alone.

Help the Season’s Centre spread the word

Whether you’re attending the gala, participating in the virtual auction or spreading the word about the event, every action makes a difference. 

Consider sharing information about the gala and auction with your friends and family on social media or within your network. You can also directly contribute to the Seasons Centre’s mission by making a donation on their website.

The Tender Hearts Gala is more than just a night of entertainment and fundraising. It’s a testament to the power of community.

For more information about the Seasons Centre, the Tender Hearts Gala, or the Online Silent Auction, visit their website

Patricia Dent

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