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#GIVTAR 2017

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#GIVTAR 2017

Sharyn Ghacham

A little delayed, but better late than never!

A BIG MERRY belated Eid to all that celebrated!

We are happy to share with you that on June 10, 2017, CivicMuslims hosted its third annual #GIVTAR event at the gorgeous Center for Social Innovation in Regent Park. This year's #GIVTAR event included several special guest speakers, a full house of new and familiar faces, silent auctions, and of course delicious food!

Just like previous years, all ticket proceeds were donated through Give30 to the following food banks of guest’s choice: The Mississauga Food Bank, North York Harvest Food Bank and Daily Bread Food Bank. This year Give30 raised an impressive total of $153,398 making a grand total of $704,865 since its beginnings in 2012! INCREDIBLE!!!

#GIVTAR 2017's silent auction included a tea assortment chest, trendy jewelry, and a variety of beautiful art pieces ranging from print to paint on canvas. A big thank you goes out to our generous partners for kindly donating these wonderful pieces. All proceeds of the silent auction will be going towards Give30.

The event commenced with introductions from CivicMuslims’ very own Nazir Amir, Mohamed Awad as well as founder of Give30 Ziyaad Mia - all of whom spoke of the history and mission of their respective organizations. The mic was then passed along to our keynote speaker, Parliament Member for Ajax and also a Give30 Ambassador, Mark Holland. Holland shared his journey of fasting during Ramadan, which he described to be an incredible experience. Through fasting he was able to truly understand what hunger felt like, but knew he would have a feast upon sunset. He explained that this is not always the reality for Canadians and people around the world who suffer from hunger. Holland described Give30 as a catalyst for change. “It’s a call for us to do more and get involved…countless of millions go to bed hungry,” said Holland. His speech was powerful and heartfelt and could not be more appropriate for the #GIVTAR event – he is truly an inspiration to all of us at CivicMuslims.

Upon Holland's speech, the mic was further passed along to tremendous Food Bank representative guest speakers: Stephanie Brown, Corporate and Community Partnership Manager at The Mississauga Food Bank; Leslie Venturino, Development Associate at North York Harvest Food Bank; and Sandra Dimini, Volunteer at the Daily Bread Food Bank. Their speeches came from the heart and filled the space with vibes of positivity and gratefulness - you could really feel their passion and dedication. They shared stories which illustrated the importance of giving and helping others in need – a true reflection of Ramadan.

By sunset, guests enjoyed dates and warm samosas, followed by a delicious array of catered Middle Eastern cuisine which included fluffy rice, flavourful roast beef, and mouth watering hummus – all of which was cooked and tasted to perfection - that was generously donated by Somethin’ 2 Talk About. A delicious #GIVTAR cake and an assortment of baklawa was provided for dessert.

The night was a tremendous success, we were so happy to see the room full with both new and familiar faces. Conversations were blossoming all around - it could not have been a more joyful #GIVTAR event. If you were unable to join this amazing event - not to worry, our #GIVTAR tradition isn't going anywhere and is only getting stronger! We hope to see you at our #GIVTAR 2018!

We'd like to extend a very warm thank you to the Centre for Social Innovation - Annex for their partnership and for yet again allowing us to use their beautiful venue.

Thank you to all who attended, to our supporters and to our partners, each of you all are a huge part in continuously making #GIVTAR a success every year. We look forward to the many #GIVTAR events to come.

By the Numbers:

92 guests x inspirational vibes x delicious food x tremendously passionate guest speakers

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A memorable and beautiful Iftar event