Archive for May, 2017

  • 2017 Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame

    31 May 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off on 2017 Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame

    Proceed Beneficiaries Include Abrigo

    The 5th annual Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame (PCWOF) Gala Awards Dinner was held on Saturday, May 27 at the Famous People Players Theatre in Etobicoke. The Abrigo Centre is one of three benefiting charities receiving proceeds from this event.

    This year PCWOF Chair Manuel DaCosta, owner of Viana Roofing, and the other members of the organizing committee selected Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa, physicist Pedro Gil Vieira, and musician Antonio Amaro as the 2017 class of inductees.

    The three inductees were feted at ceremony at Camoes Square on College St. earlier in the afternoon. The scene quickly shifted to Famous People Players theatre were a fabulous dinner was had by all and guests got to enjoy both traditional Fado music and a theatre performance by the acclaimed Famous People Players group. In all, it was a fantastic evening of music, theatre, and education about the significant and groundbreaking work done by these three leaders in our community.

    Among the sponsors for the evening included New Canadians Lumber, LiUNA Local 183, Torcan Lift Equipment and Hallmark Housekeeping Services. Hallmark owner Mr. Manuel J. Clementino was inducted himself in 2016.

    Abrigo send our sincere thanks to Chair Manuel DaCosta, Mr. Jose M. Eustaquio, Davenport MPP Cristina Martins and the other members of the Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame Committee for their generous support.

  • Abrigo Participates in 20th Annual Lusogolf event

    30 May 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off on Abrigo Participates in 20th Annual Lusogolf event

    Low Scores and a High Level of Fundraising Rule the Day

    Lusogolf Fundraising Incorporation hosted its twentieth annual fundraising golf tournament in support of a number of educational initiatives and the Abrigo Centre, on Saturday, May 27 at the beautiful Caledon Country Club.

    Lusogolf was established to raise funds and encourage Portuguese-speaking Canadian children to pursue post-secondary education. In 2016, this tournament netted $37,000 and from those proceeds, $4,500 was donated to the Abrigo Centre.

    As usual, there was a full field of eager golfers ready to tackle a wet but challenging course. The warm, cloudy day and soft greens provided perfect conditions for low scores.

    As usual, the local business community stepped up and provided a number of corporate sponsorships including LiUNA Local 183, Local 506, North American General Contractor Ltd., Manulife and Lancaster Homes.

    The event finished up with a fabulous dinner and a number of golfers went home with some fantastic prizes.

    Abrigo thanks Lusogolf Chair Enir Bassani, Joe Silva and the other members of the Lusogolf Committee for their generous support.

    (l-r) G. Luciano, Abrigo Centre, Joe Silva & Enir Bassani, Lusogolf Commitee, Emanuel DeMelo, Re/Max West Realty Inc.

  • Mother's Day celebrations at Abrigo

    11 May 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off on Mother's Day celebrations at Abrigo

    Musician Nuno Cristo performs at Abrigo's annual Mother's Day celebration

    The Abrigo Centre was proud to have guest musician and singer Nuno Cristo perform for a full house of seniors at our annual Mother's Day celebration. The colourful event featured wonderful food, music and dancing but around the festivities, Mr. Cristo performed an hour long set of classic Portuguese folk music much to the delight of his audience. His energetic music brought many onto the dance floor and Abrigo clients were singing along to a number of the songs in unison with Mr. Cristo.

    Mr. Cristo performed at Abrigo's Imagine the Possibilities Gala in March and we were delighted that he donated his time and talents to entertain our clients and give back to the community.

  • Sun Life visits for the United Way Day of Caring

    10 May 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    An 8 member team from Sun Life volunteer their time to assist Abrigo seniors

    On Tuesday, May 9 the Abrigo Centre had the privilege to host an eight member team of volunteers from Sun Life who spent the morning volunteering their time to assist Abrigo's Life and Hope Educational and Recreational program for seniors.

    Their visit was part of the United Way Toronto York Region's Day of Caring - an annual event that sees corporate teams of donors to the United Way connect with the agencies and the people they support.

    Abrigo was participating in this important initiative for the first time as were many of the volunteers from Sun Life. The experience proved to be extremely rewarding for Abrigo and our clients. Not only did we receive help with food preparations, gardening on our rooftop patio and assistance with painting a new mural, our clients got the experience of connecting one-to-one with a community member who is engaged and willing to give back.

    During this short period of time not only were new friendships made, the Sun Life volunteers got a better understanding of the important work Abrigo does in the community and the impact it has on the people we serve.

    Our sincere thanks to the entire Sun Life volunteer team for spending a few hours of their valuable time with us!

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