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Spark Soirée 2018 Raises $83,000 in Support of ONFE’s School Breakfast Program

Our second annual Spark Soirée, hosted on October 20 at the Infinity Convention Centre, was a huge success! To relive the night, we thought we’d do something a bit different with a photo blog.


Spark Soirée, ONFE
Taking a moment before the start of the Spark Soirée to appreciate the breathtaking space at the Infinity Convention Centre. 


Spark Soirée, ONFE, ROPE
  Our fantastic auction items made their way to the room. Did you land the item you were eyeing?


Spark Soirée, ONFE, ROPE
The icing sugar that stuck to your fingers was a small price to pay for these delicious French toast skewers.


Spark Soirée, ONFE, ROPE
The only thing better than bacon? Bacon-wrapped bacon, of course.


Spark Soirée, ONFE, ROPE
Attendees lined up to grab some truffles and test their luck in the hopes of winning a return trip for two, valued up to $2,900, courtesy of WestJet.


Spark Soirée, ONFE, ROPE, 89.9, Jenni, Brady Jones
Our talented emcees for the night, Brady Jones and Jenni from the New HOT 89.9, kept the crowd entertained from start to finish.


Spark Soirée, ONFE, ROPE, Kathy McKinlay
Our CEO, Kathy McKinlay, spoke about the reach of ONFE’s School Breakfast Program: “A quarter-century ago, ONFE understood that all our children need access to a healthy breakfast in a safe, supervised environment to start their day ready to learn. Over time, we have grown from supporting 1,000 students in 25 schools, to more than 13,500 students in 191 schools every day.”



Spark Soirée, ONFE, ROPE, SWAY
The harmonies of local band SWAY had the entire crowd on its feet all night.


Spark Soirée, ONFE, ROPE, GoBooth
Say cheese! ? Our photo booth was open all night and our guests had a blast goofing off with props.


Spark Soirée, ONFE, ROPE, Mychelle Mollot
Mychelle Mollot, our Spark Soirée Committee Chair, introduced our keynote speaker, Wanda Mills-Boone, Principal at Sir Winston Churchill Public School.


Spark Soirée, ONFE, ROPE, Wanda Mills-Boone
Wanda Mills-Boone, Principal at Sir Winston Churchill Public School and keynote speaker at the Spark Soirée, spoke about the importance of breakfast programs. Wanda has been an educator for the past 20 years and she’s learned first-hand the importance of breakfast programs: “Many students whose lives are touched by the School Breakfast Program often grow up to pay it forward.”


Spark Soirée, ONFE, ROPE, Matthew
Matthew, a student at St. Paul High School, was featured during the night for his contributions to the School Breakfast Program: “Lots of kids go to school hungry. That’s what this program is all about; to make sure that your stomach is full.”


Spark Soirée, ONFE, ROPE
 No breakfast is complete without waffles! This twist on the breakfast staple was made with rum. Yum!


Spark Soirée, ONFE, ROPE, Candace Enman
Candace Enman tried her luck with our Truffles or a Trip contest and now she’s off to the location of her choice!


Spark Soirée, ONFE, ROPE
The lively crowd was on its feet until the very end, dancing to the beat of SWAY.


Spark Soirée, ONFE, ROPE
Dancing it out until the clock struck 11:00. Our Spark Soirée raised an astounding $83,000 for ONFE’s School Breakfast Program!


Couldn’t join us at this year’s Spark Soirée? You can still support the 13,500 meals we serve daily by making a donation to ONFE’s School Breakfast Program.

Were you one of our 300 guests? What was your favourite part about our Spark Soirée? Let us know in the comments. See you next year!

Thanks to all who attended and to our wonderful sponsors who made this event possible.

Spark Soirée sponsors

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