Our team collaborated with Right To Play Canada to produce the annual Heroes Gala for a night of celebration, fundraising & entertainment that honoured heroes dedicated to empowering children and youth to rise above adversity.

The must attend signature fundraising event is an impactful evening of inspiration and hope as more than 1,000 community leaders in business, sports, entertainment, government and philanthropy unite to raise funds and shine a spotlight on this year’s hero recipients.

The guest experience began the moment they arrived where they were immersed in the unique & vibrant artwork of talented graffiti artist Gene One, who created a one-of-a-kind mural alongside Indigenous youth in Wabigoon Lake, a community in Northern Ontario.

Right To Play harnesses one of the most powerful and fundamental forces in every child’s life: the power of play. Guests engaged in playing games to connect to the cause and understand how play can help children rise above adversity.

A custom Opening Moment included cheerleaders, a youth BMX biker, skateboarder, a hoop dancer, hip-hop dancers and a spoken word performer.

Hosted by Canadian Television Sportscaster and host of TSN’s “The Shift with Kayla Grey,” Kayla Grey, the evening included a fund-the-need hosted by Layne, The Auctionista and honoured 2022 Hero Award Winners:

  • Corporate Hero Award: Blake Hutcheson, President and CEO, OMERS
  • Athlete Hero Award: Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser OC, Olympic gold medalist, Medical Doctor, Hockey Hall of
  • Youth Hero Award, Canada: Ciara Lewis, Community Mentor, Right To Play Indigenous Programs
  • Humanitarian Award: Larry Tanenbaum OC, Chairman, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment

The Closing Performance was a celebration of youth and “The Power Of Play” showcasing a poignant moment between a basketball player and ballerina while hip hop dancers incorporated stylized sport and dance to bring this performance to life and showcase the remarkable power that sport plays in the lives of children and youth.

Together, guests and corporate sponsors raised a record-breaking $3.1 million!

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“Our experience working with Hala is nothing short of fantastic. She is a collaborative partner and provides innovative ideas that are in keeping with both business objectives and mission of our organization.”

Susan Vardon
National Director, Right To Play Canada



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