Invisible Ribbon Gala 2019

Invisible Ribbon Gala 2019

Every Donation Makes A Difference!

Welcome to MFRC Airways! Pack your bags and join the JetSetters, at the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre’s (MFRC) 15th Annual Invisible Ribbon Gala. Your evening aboard MFRC Airways will take-off at the National Air Force Museum of Canada on Saturday, May 11, 2019 where you will enjoy an incredible night above the clouds in support of military families.

The Invisible Ribbon Gala is more than just an evening of community philanthropy. It is about raising awareness of the strength behind the uniform – the strength of military families. Military families are called upon to be resilient and steadfast when their Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member is called upon in the name of our country. The unique challenges faced by military families every day can have an impact on the operational effectiveness of a CAF member; which is why we at the Trenton MFRC are dedicated to going above and beyond to ensure military families have the resources they need and the community support behind them to be resilient.

We are proud to say that, thanks to the support of community members like you and the success of last year’s Gala, we have helped military families in extenuating crisis situations when all other methods of support were exhausted. Additionally, we have enhanced our short-term counselling support, and focused on supporting children as they experience transition within their new community, school, or as a result of deployment.

This year, our goal is to expand our mental health team. Similar to a long line at the airport, waiting to board your flight that will take you to a sunnier destination, military families are facing long waitlists to access mental health care. Adding a Masters Level Counsellor to our Trenton MFRC mental health team will help shorten our waitlists for counselling as well as add couples counselling and psychotherapy to our list of services available to military families.

To help us achieve this goal, you are invited to show your support for our military families by donating an item to our auction, sponsoring the event, and attending the Invisible Ribbon Gala: JetSetters.

For more information about the Invisible Ribbon Gala and how the MFRC supports military families, please call Amy LeGresley at 613-392-2811 ext. 4635.

Thank you, on behalf of the military families of our community!

Together we are stronger!

Trenton Military Family Resource Centre


2019 Gala Sponsors


Title Sponsor


Ace Sponsor


Pilot Sponsors


Jet Sponsors


In-Kind Sponsors


Live Auction Sponsors


Candy Bar Sponsor


Runway Sponsor


Invisible Ribbon Supporters

  • Airport Technologies Inc
  • Baldwin Law
  • Bryan's Auction Services
  • Canadian Legion Branch 103 - Campbellford
  • Domtech Inc
  • Dows Climate Care
  • Haid's Hideaway Family Campground
  • Kiley Paving Ltd.
  • Lange & Fetter Motors
  • Quinte Animal Hospital
  • Tony Deodato & Sons Ltd.
  • Trans Tank Systems

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Invisible Ribbon Gala


Event Date: May 11, 2019
From: 6:00pm - 11:59pm
Location: National Air Force Museum of Canada

Welcome to MFRC Airways!

Pack your bags and join the JetSetters, at the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre’s (MFRC) 15th Annual Invisible Ribbon Gala.

Your evening aboard MFRC Airways will take-off at the National Air Force Museum of Canada on Saturday, May 11, 2019 where you will enjoy an incredible night above the clouds in support of military families.

The Invisible Ribbon Gala is more than just an evening of community philanthropy. It is about raising awareness of the strength behind the uniform – the strength of military families. Military families are called upon to be resilient and steadfast when their Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member is called upon in the name of our country. The unique challenges faced by military families every day can have an impact on the operational effectiveness of a CAF member; which is why we at the Trenton MFRC are dedicated to going above and beyond to ensure military families have the resources they need and the community support behind them to be resilient.

We are proud to say that, thanks to the support of community members like you and the success of last year’s Gala, we have helped military families in extenuating crisis situations when all other methods of support were exhausted. Additionally, we have enhanced our short-term counselling support, and focused on supporting children as they experience transition within their new community, school, or as a result of deployment.

This year, our goal is to expand our mental health team. Similar to a long line at the airport, waiting to board your flight to a sunnier destination, military families are facing long waitlists to access mental health care. Adding a Masters Level Counsellor to our Trenton MFRC mental health team will help shorten our waitlists for counselling as well as add couples counselling and psychotherapy to our list of services available to military families.

To help us achieve this goal, you are invited to show your support for our military families by donating an item to our auction, sponsoring the event, and attending the Invisible Ribbon Gala: JetSetters.

For more information about the Invisible Ribbon Gala and how the MFRC supports military families, please call Amy LeGresley at 613-392-2811 ext. 4635.

Thank you, on behalf of the military families of our community!

Together we are stronger!




I would like to become a Gala Sponsor.  What do I do now?

Complete the Online Sponsorship Form (coming soon!) and provide details about your preferred sponsorship.

  • Call Amy LeGresley at 613-392-2811 ext. 4635 to customize a sponsorship package to meet your needs
  • Complete the Sponsorship Form then email (amy.l@trentonmfrc.ca) or fax (613-965-7371) and we will be in touch to confirm the details of your sponsorship package

  • In-Kind Sponsor

    Business owners or individuals who offer a product or service that may benefit the Invisible Ribbon Gala are invited to provide donations on an in-kind basis.  You will receive sponsorship benefits based on the value of your donation.  In-kind ideas: catering, decor, flowers, print/radio advertising.

  • Invisible Ribbon Supporter

    Min $100 Donation

    Invisible Ribbon Supporters are business owners or individuals who make a monetary donation to the Invisible Ribon Gala of $100 - $1,499.

    Benefits include:

    • Business or personal name on gala website
    • Business or personal name in the event program
    • A charitable tax receipt
  • Unique Opportunities

    $1500-$5000

    Attach your sponsorship dollars to a specific element that will make the night a memorable one.  Contact us to customize your package.

    Examples include:

    • Photobooth Sponsor
    • Candy Bar Sponsor
    • Individual Attendee Gifts
    • Entertainment Sponsor
    • Centrepiece Sponsor
  • Runway Sponsor

    $1500

    Benefits include:

    • Two individual tickets to attend the Invisible Ribbon Gala
    • Certificate of appreciation
    • Window cling to display in your business to show your support
    • Business or personal name on the gala website, social media channels and in the event program, during the Invisible Ribbon Campaign
    • Business or personal name in MFRC's "E-News', during the Invisible Ribbon Campaign
  • Jet Sponsor

    $2500

    Includes all benefits of a Runway Sponsor, plus:

    • An additional two tickets (4 total) to attend the Invisible Ribbon Gala
    • Upgrade to a business logo on the Gala website
    • Link from the Gala website to your business website until December 31/19
    • An ad in the MFRC's Welcome Package until December 31/19
    • Recognition of support during the Gala
  • Pilot Sponsor

    $5000

    Includes all benefits of a Jet Sponsor, plus:

    • One VIP table (eight event tickets)
    • An invitation to the VIP Cocktail Hour
    • Business name or logo on Gala promotional posters
    • Business name or logo on Gala print advertising
    • Business name or logo in Gala Program (upgraded from printed name)
    • Corporate name or logo on your table
  • Ace Sponsor

    $10000

    Includes all benefits of a Pilot Sponsor, plus:

    • Cheque presentation during the event
    • Opportunity to display a corporate banner at the Gala
    • Customized naming opportunity for various gala elements
    • Recognition at key MFRC events until December 31/19

Our event will feature an Online, Silent and Live Auction.

To help us achieve our goal  you are invited to show your support for our military community by donating an item to our auction.
​Donations of all amounts are appreciated. 

What Items Can Be Donated to the Auction?   

  • Gift certificates for products, services, restaurants, accommodations or travel
  • Event or attraction tickets
  • Electronics or appliances
  • Home and garden items
  • Sports gear or memorabilia
  • Tours (e.g. winery, boat, fishing)
  • Custom or high-end jewellery
  • Lessons (dancing, cooking, art, music)
  • Your imagination is the limit—customize a ‘priceless’ package for a memorable experience!

I have an item to donate to the auction.  What do I do now?

Complete the Online Donation Form and provide details about your Auction Item donation.

Arrangement options:

  • Drop off - Print the Donation Form and drop it off with the auction item to the Trenton MFRC, ATTN: Rabia Stobbart, 50 Rivers Drive East, Trenton, ON
  • Mail - Print and mail Donation Form to the Trenton MFRC, ATTN: Rabia Stobbart, P.O Box 1000 Station Forces, Astra, ON, K0K 3W0
  • Volunteer pick up - Email (rabia.s@trentonmfrc.ca) or fax (613-965-7371) Donation Form and request that a volunteer pick up your auction item.  We will be in touch with you to make arrangements that suit your schedule

Please contact us with any questions or for more information. 

For event inquiries:

Amy LeGresley, Special Events Coordinator
amy.l@trentonmfrc.ca
613-392-2811 ext. 4635

For media inquiries:

Devon Taylor, Communications & Development Coordinator
devon.t@trentonmfrc.ca
613-392-2811 ext. 3598
613-242-7232

For auction donation inquiries:

Rabia Stobbart, Youth Services & Personal Development Coordinator
rabia.s@trentonmfrc.ca
613-392-2811 ext. 2568

Trenton Military Family Resource Centre

50 Rivers Drive East
Trenton, ON
​613-965-3575
www.trentonmfrc.ca


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Spend a night above the clouds in support of military families!

8 WING/CFB TRENTON – March 14, 2019 – All systems are “go” for the 15th annual Invisible Ribbon Gala on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The Trenton Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) has launched its annual fundraising campaign in support of military families and this year’s theme of ‘JetSetters’ is taking flight with tickets already in demand.

Tickets offer guests a chance to feel like a JetSetter and ‘fly above the clouds with MFRC Airways.’ While the evening will not actually include any flying, the National Air Force Museum of Canada will be transformed into the terminal of ‘MFRC Airways’. Upon reaching ‘Gate 15’, in honour of the Invisible Ribbon Gala’s 15th year, guests will find that ‘MFRC Airways’ reminds them of a time when air travel was a glamorous adventure, not simply a mode of transportation, with live entertainment, fine dining, and an air of luxury. The evening will also include silent and live auctions, a raffle basket with flight tickets, and more, all to support military families in the Quinte region. 

The goal of this year’s Invisible Ribbon Gala is to expand the MFRC’s mental health team. Military families are facing long waitlists to access mental health care. Adding a Masters Level Counsellor to the Trenton MFRC team will help shorten the waitlists for counselling, as well as add couples counselling to the list of services available to military families through the MFRC at no cost.

“­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The word our committee is focusing on this year is teamwork,” explained Tamara Kleinschmidt, Executive Director of the Trenton MFRC and military spouse. “It takes a whole team of people to make an aircraft fly – and even more people to make flying feel like a luxurious experience. Similarly, it takes teamwork to support the military family community. All members of the MFRC team, like deployment or employment support, are important; this time, we are focusing on the mental health aspect.”

On board with the Trenton MFRC as the Invisible Ribbon Gala’s Title Sponsor for the fourth consecutive year is Scotiabank – Trenton Town Centre and Downtown Trenton locations. When asked why Scotiabank finds the MFRC such an important cause, branch manager at the Trenton Town Centre Michelle MacKay said, “Our two organizations share key values like community, youth, and education around mental health. That includes giving kids and military families and service members the opportunity to feel a part of our community. It is so important for military families to know that they have somewhere to go as a first stop in the area or when they are looking for support and the MFRC does that.”

Tickets for the Invisible Ribbon Gala: JetSetters can be purchased online at www.trentonmfrc.ca/InvisibleRibbon or in person at the Trenton MFRC, located at 50 Rivers Drive East, off of RCAF Road. For further details on the 15th annual Invisible Ribbon Gala and the Trenton MFRC, please visit www.trentonmfrc.ca or contact Devon Taylor to learn more.

Media Contact

Devon Taylor, Communications and Development Coordinator

devon.t@trentonmfrc.ca | 613-392-2811 ext. 3598