BY: KABRENA ROBINSON
A-Supreme Foundation, a charitable organization aimed at providing care and support to vulnerable and low-income seniors unable to afford adequate home care, has announced the hosting of their third annual “A New Era of Care” Grand Gala.
The Gala is set for Saturday, October 7th inside the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto. The evening will commence with a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
Recently, the foundation launched a major campaign called the Gold Circle Campaign aimed at helping more qualified seniors to access its subsidized in-home care program. With that goal, they hope to provide 500 qualified seniors in the GTA with the necessary in-home care service by the end of 2017. Proceeds from the gala will go towards supporting the campaign.
According to organizers, the gala is an effort to “benefit and further improve the organization’s critical contributions to providing subsidized home care for seniors in need”. It is also an avenue to spread awareness on the necessity and importance of senior care.
“As a foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for seniors through education, advocacy and subsidized in-home care, this special event is a great opportunity for others to join us in our work while enjoying a fun, collaborative evening out,” states Keisha Johnson, President of A-Supreme Foundation in a press release.
This year’s gala, hosted in collaboration with the Jamaica 55 Independence Canada Committee under the auspices Her Excellency Janice Miller, High Commissioner of Jamaica to Canada, is set to be hosted by Itah Sadu, distinguished storyteller, and children’s author. The main feature and key-note speaker of the gala will be The Most Honourable Juliet Holness, wife of Jamaica’s current Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
Along with the anticipated appearances from prominent speakers topped with an evening of live entertainment, various notable individuals and organizations within the community will be awarded the Foundation’s Diamond Citizen Award for their contributions and advocacy toward improving the lives of people within their respective communities across Canada and Jamaica.
Among those to be awarded are, The Carpenter’s Union, an organization that represents over 25,000 blue collar workers in Ontario; The Jamaica National Group, Jamaica’s first mutually-owned global business serving Jamaicans at home and in the diaspora; Marcia Brown founder of the Trust 15 Youth Community Support Organization, Patrick Shaw of the Falstaff Community Centre and Linden Dryden founder of Liberty for Youth.
Nadine Spencer, CEO of BrandEQ Agency and the first president of A-Supreme Foundation says that all awardees have contributed greatly to their various communities here in Canada and are highly regarded as reputable champions for their specific cause.
“The gala is really a way to receive in terms of people coming and giving but it’s also a way of the organization to give back by recognizing the individuals in our community that have really served and have stepped up to the plate and have given the time and resources,” she said in an interview.
Spencer added that she hopes everyone attending will take back from the occasion a very important message.
“I want us to all recognize as a community that we are all getting there in terms of age and we need to create a path and a standard of excellence that’s going to be our bed when we get there and so we really have to support initiatives that are laying that foundation for excellence in senior care,” she said.
Tickets for the Gala can be purchased online at Eventbrite for $100 or $200 for VIP.