April 7, 2020 – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the directions provided by the Government of Ontario, and Public Health Agency of Canada, the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) has decided against hosting the Invisible Ribbon Gala in 2020. The 16th annual Invisible Ribbon Gala: CANADA, was set to be held on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the National Air Force Museum of Canada.
In late February, the Trenton MFRC launched the Gala’s theme, fundraising focus, and announced the event’s title sponsor with great community response. The fundraising campaign, which includes the Gala and an online auction that is open to the public prior to the event, had already begun with several confirmed sponsors and ticket holders. Following this momentum, the Trenton MFRC will keep the theme of ‘CANADA’ and bring it to life again next year when the 16th iteration of the fundraising event will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021. The theme of ‘CANADA’ is a tip of the toque to the place where military families often call home since many military families resonate with the saying, “home is where the military sends us.”
“Many sponsors, donors, and ticket purchasers were sharing their excitement about the theme,” said Special Events Coordinator, Amy LeGresley. “This year’s theme was a way of toasting military families that live across the country from coast to coast and we were so happy to see people connecting with it.”
Another element that will remain the same for next year is the event’s title sponsor. Dibbits Excavating and Landscape Supply, a long-time supporter of military families, has confirmed that they will retain their title sponsor commitment for the Gala in 2021.
“While some elements of the Gala may change between now and next May, we are excited to continue with our theme of CANADA and so grateful that sponsors like Dibbits and others are committed to supporting military families despite the postponement,” said Trenton MFRC Executive Director Tamara Kleinschmidt.