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Second Annual Lucky Ball

FYFB. Fort York Food Bank. Lucky Ball 2014Fort York Food Bank would like to thank the sponsors, attendees, supporters and organizers of The Lucky Ball for making the second annual event such a fabulous success, raising $40,000 for FYFB.

The funds raised will cover approximately a quarter of the food bank’s annual operating budget, an incredible amount.

FYFB. Fort York Food Bank. Lucky Ball 2014Held Thursday, March 13, 2014, approximately 400 generous people packed Revival on College Street West to attend the festive party.

“It was an incredible turnout for just the second year of The Lucky Ball,” said Scott Shallow, a director of the Fort York Food Bank. “More importantly, Lucky Ball has become the noted kick off to the St. Patrick’s Day weekend while increasing our connection to the community that we serve. We look forward to growing this event to be able to continue supporting the important programs offered by FYFB, a charity which serves 4,500 clients annually in Toronto’s downtown west community.”

FYFB. Fort York Food Bank. Lucky Ball 2014In FYFB’s tradition of focusing on efficiency, all proceeds raised will go to support FYFB programs, thanks to the generous donations of sponsors who once again stepped up to cover the costs to hold Lucky Ball. Notably, FYFB would like to thank its community partners:

FYFB. Fort York Food Bank. Lucky Ball 2014

Last but certainly not least, FYFB wishes to express immense gratitude to the volunteer organizing committee for spending countless hours to ensure The Lucky Ball’s growth and success.

FYFB. Fort York Food Bank. Lucky Ball 2014
Some of the Lucky Ball organizing committee, from left to right: FYFB Chairman Chris Murphy, FYFB Director Scott Shallow, FYFB Director Lindsay Grange, FYFB Director Trevor Guy, W Events owner Whitney Pizale, and FYFB Director Ryan Dzierniejko. Albums of photos from The Lucky Ball are available here: facebook.com/FortYorkFoodBank.

$17G Raised Through TTC Blitz

A group of dedicated volunteers and staff at multiple Bay Street law firms collected over $17,000 for Fort York Food Bank at the annual TTC Subway Blitz.

The May 1 event saw articling students from various high profile law firms canvassing for (spare) change at TTC subway stations along the Yonge-University line during the morning rush-hour commute, and topping up donations with the help of staff at their firms.

“The TTC blitz and accompanying ‘Bay Street Challenge’ has become an annual tradition for downtown law firms and FYFB, for which it is the second largest individual source of funding behind Lucky Ball,” said FYFB Board Director and TTC Blitz organizer Ryan Dzierniejko. “I want to extend the appreciation of FYFB and its clients to the generous donors who dipped into their pockets to help a good cause and all of the law firms who continue to step up and meet the ‘Challenge’, many of whom have supported the blitz since its inception six years ago.”

Participating law firms this year included:

For the third year in a row, McCarthy Tétrault LLP raised the most money of any participating law firm, raising more than $4,500 in the event.

FYFB Receives Top Charity Rating

FYFB. Fort York Food Bank. Charity Intelligence ratingCharity Intelligence has rated Fort York Food Bank as one of its top charities once again. Charity Intelligence launched its charity ratings in early July, and Fort York Food Bank was one of the Canadian charities that earned its highest 4-Star rating for excelling in financial transparency, accountability to donors and cost-efficiency. Prior to moving to a rating system this year, Charity Intelligence had selected FYFB as one of its Top Picks for four straight years.

For details on the rating, please visit Charity Intelligence’s profile here: charityintelligence.ca

Charity Intelligence researches Canadian charities for donors with its website providing reports on over 500 Canadian charities as well as in-depth reviews of philanthropic sectors like Canada’s environment, cancer and homelessness, per the organization. Today over 100,000 Canadians use Charity Intelligence’s website as a go-to source for information on Canadian charities and have downloaded over 124,000 charity reports. Through rigorous and independent research, Charity Intelligence aims to help donors be informed and give intelligently and to assist Canada’s dynamic charitable sector in being more transparent, accountable and focused on results.

In Appreciation Of Peter L.

The FYFB community wishes to extend its appreciation to long-time volunteer Peter L., who recently moved on to other pursuits.

“Peter volunteered at FYFB for more than a decade and was one of our longest serving volunteers. His dedication and presence will be missed, especially by our clients,” said FYFB Chair Chris Murphy. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of FYFB. And we are thankful to have found one as dedicated as Peter was over the years.”

“There isn't a client that doesn't know Peter’s name, in any language,” said FYFB Program Manager Mike Schoonheyt. “As one of our primary client interviewers, Peter maintained our database well over the years. And within it contains not just names and data, but lives Peter personally touched without fail, day in and day out over the years. I have a feeling we will be hearing the name Peter for quite a while to come even in his absence!”


FYFB has once again benefited from the support of the dedicated staff of CIBC in Toronto’s financial core district.

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CIBC staff deliver food to FYFB.

As part of the bank’s summer drive, employees prepared and delivered 100 care packages and food donations for FYFB clients. Bank staff had earlier in the year collected and donated $3,000 for FYFB.

“We’re extremely thankful to CIBC for their ongoing support of FYFB,” said FYFB Chair Chris Murphy. “FYFB operates with only one staff, so we focus on leveraging the impact of volunteer and partner support to assist our clients. Nurturing relationships with residents and businesses in the downtown area we serve is extremely important to us. It is gratifying when we can develop partnerships with such groups because they recognize the need of our collective community and our efficiency at addressing that need.”

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