Archive for November, 2015

  • Grupo Vida e Esperanca celebrates their 5th anniversary

    10 November 2015 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Musical guests Jazz Plazma brings Party to Life

    Normally quiet on a Sunday afternoon, Abrigo's second floor was filled with the sounds of music and laughter on November 8 as 120 members of Abrigo's Educational and Recreational Group (Grupo Vida e Esperanca) celebrated their fifth anniversary.

    Without a doubt the highlight of the event was the amazing performance of Jazz Plazma featuring Stella Jurgen. Ms. Jurgen, a friend and donor to the Abrigo Centre, brought the house down with a smoking set of jazz standards and traditional Portuguese songs. The audience went wild as Stella and her band played hit after hit. Stella brought her first set to a rousing conclusion with her new single "Vontade de Viver". You can purchase a copy at the Abrigo Centre for $10 and all proceeds will go directly to the agency.

    In addition to the great music, the afternoon featured an amazing selection of food and desserts served up by five dedicated and loyal volunteers to the program. Since its inauguration, Sergio Sarmento, Elisabete Dias, Maria Zelia Tavares, Maria Teresa Moura and Maria Siva have provided unwavering service to the group. Sunday's event provided Abrigo with the opportunity to recognize them and say "thank you" to each for all of their hard work over the years. Our most sincere thanks to all!

    If you are interested in joining Grupo Vida e Esperanca, please contact Marilia dos Santos at 416-534-3434.

    Recognition of the Grupo Vida e Esperaanca volunteers

    Stella Jurgen and Jazz Plazma

    Program leader Marilia dos Santos, Stella Jurgen and the 5th Anniversary cake!

  • Thank you to all who supported Abrigo's United Way Yard Sale!

    09 November 2015 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    $650 Raised for the United Way Toronto & York Region

    Abrigo's third annual United Way Yard Sale took place on November 5th, 6th and for the first time an additional third day on Monday the 9th because of overwhelming demand.

    Bargain shoppers were out in full force as the leaders of this year's campaign, Lily and Sara, accumulated an amazing selection of items. From electronics to clothes to toys, games and household items, there was no walking away with out finding something you were interested in.

    Thank you to all who donated and purchased items, your support made a huge difference!

  • Staff of Plan Canada Donate Bikes to Abrigo!

    02 November 2015 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Team building activity creates bikes for a good cause

    For a second year, the Toronto based staff of Plan Canada have partnered with the Abrigo Centre to make the holiday season a little brighter for some families in need.

    As part of a team building activity, staff members at Plan Canada broke into groups and then had to work together to assemble a small children's bike. Nelly Morgado, Human Resources Talent Manager at Plan worked with Abrigo last year to donate a variety of personal care products that went to families in need and thought of Abrigo again this year.

    The result, a donation of children's bikes that will bring a big, bright smile to the face of some very happy kids this holiday season.

    Abrigo sends our sincere thanks to Nelly and all the staff members of Plan Canada for their truly generous support!

    Gerry Luciano, Manager, Fundraising & Communications and Nelly Morgado, Human Resources Talent Manager, Plan Canada

    Members of the Plan Canada team assembling a bike

    A finished product!

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