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3rd Annual "Keep Talking" Gala

Please join us for the 3rd Annual “Keep Talking” Gala

A one of a kind fundraiser! This year the Gala takes place at Mercedes-Benz Barrie on Friday, October 25th, 2019. We are grateful for Kevin Frankish who will emcee our evening. All net proceeds go to the Youth Shine Campaign. This event promises to be one of the most high profile Barrie galas of 2019.

Gala Details

  • $150 per person.
  • Welcome prosecco with complimentary wine during dinner
  • Silent Auction
  • Live performances by local musicians
  • professional photography by Darren Eagles Photography
  • Valet Service
  • Gourmet dinner prepared by Liberty North
  • Featured beverages from Heritage Estate Winery & Cidery and Redline Brewery.
  • Guest Speakers sharing inspirational stories about mental health & addiction journeys

Use of Funds

The Youth Shine Campaign $600, 000 is the number to make this happen!

CMHA new youth centre plans

Who are we? CMHA has been offering community based care since 1960. We provide mental health and addiction services to almost 3,000 youth across Simcoe County every year. Our youth centre is good but could be better with your help. The launch of the “Youth Shine” Campaign will make our centre more inviting and able to offer additional resources for our youth and families. With 70% of mental illness arising in adolescence early intervention is essential. Our youth should have access to timely, quality services in their community. Options should be focused on health and wellness, not just illness. We do just that every day. Your donation will make a substantial contribution to the “Youth Shine” Campaign. This facility provides a safe and comfortable environment where youth and their families access professional services, peer support, counseling, groups, education, and recreation. We are very excited to begin planning this dream for our community! your contribution can make a difference towards our youth and families of Simcoe County.

Emcee Kevin Frankish

Kevin Frankish

It was 1978. Pierre Elliot Trudeau was our Prime Minister. Jimmy Carter was in the Oval Office. Wayne Gretzky played his first professional game of hockey. Oh yeah … and a 14 year old student from North Bay, Ontario signed on with a high school TV show at Maclean Hunter Cable TV. From there my future had been set. From volunteering for 3 years at “Cable 12”, to 3 years working through school at a CTV/CBC station in North Bay, to 9 years at CKVR in Barrie followed by 26 years at City TV in Toronto … my life has been “on camera” … heck, I even proposed to my wife on TV. I have been a pioneer in this industry. I saw the change from black & white to colour tv’s, the advent of the desk top computer, fax machine cell phones, smart phones and, perhaps the biggest change, the rise of social media. I was there for the Barrie Tornado, the Cold War, 9/11, the Toronto subway crash, several market melt-downs and royal weddings. The Toronto Sun chose me as the TV Personality of the year for 10 years (and sexiest TV Personality one year in what must have been Russian meddling with the vote). I have used my popularity so many times to give back to dozens of charities and worth while causes … most notability having been involved with Easter Seals for almost 4 decades. I spent the majority of my working life on Breakfast Television in Toronto. I was instrumental in growing this local third place show to the most watched in the country. It was here that I truly developed a relationship with my audience. That relationship so comfortable that it has helped me deal with the onset of depression and anxiety. This in turn has led me to advocate strongly for mental health. My wife, Beth, and I live in Barrie, Ontario and have watched our 4 kids grow up and move onto their lives.

Sponsorship opportunities available.

Oct 25, 2019

Mercedes-Benz, Barrie

2440 Doral Dr., Innisfil

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