• Annual Abrigo Gala is a Huge Success

    08 March 2017 / News / 0 Comment

    Over 300 Guests Celebrate the Accomplishments of Abrigo's Volunteers

    Abrigo Centre's annual signature fundraising event of the year, the Imagine the Possibilities Gala took place on Saturday, March 4 at LiUNA Local 183’s Gerry Gallagher Hall in Toronto. Final revenue numbers are not in yet but it is anticipated that this year's event will be the most financially successful Abrigo gala ever.

    Each year this wonderful event raises much-needed funds that go to support the programs and services provided to 6,400 clients each year. Community-minded donors like you make that happen. We thank all our corporate sponsors, silent auction donors and guests for their support.

    The evening started with a wonderful Reception performance by accomplished fado guitar players Nuno Cristo and Pedro Joel. The duo serenaded guests throughout the reception hour and later during dinner. Co-MC's media personality Mo-D and Telma Pinguelo from Camoes Radio ably guided the evening with both humour and a steady hand. Among the dignitaries in attendance were Davenport MPP Cristina Martins and Davenport City Councillors Ana Bailao and Cesar Palacio.

    In between a fabulous Silent Auction that included Platinum Leafs tickets, an autographed Jonas Valanciunas jersey and an extremely difficult to obtain Telsa 24-hour test drive, Abrigo paid tribute to our very generous donors.

    Gala events would not be possible without the support of our corporate sponsors. In particular, our thanks need to be extended to this year's Presenting Sponsors LiUNA Local 183 and LiUNA OPDC under the leadership of Mr. Jack Oliveira and the Canadian Council of Construction Unions. As well, Abrigo is profoundly thankful for the support of Mr. Manuel Da Costa and his firm Viana Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc. for joining us this year as the Platinum Sponsor.

    The 2017 gala featured a tribute to the 80 or so volunteers who ensure that our clients get the best care and service possible all the while assisting Abrigo staff members along the way. A video tribute to our volunteers was prepared and it was introduced by Mr. Da Costa. The highlight of the night was an incredible speech delivered by 12-year Abrigo volunteer Donzilia Veiga. Mrs. Veiga brought the house to its feet with inspiring remarks about what it means to be a volunteer at Abrigo.

    Once the formalities came to a close, the dance floor was filled for the rest of the night with bodies moving to the non-stop party music of The Sound Parade.

    Our sincere thanks again to all who attended and supported the Imagine the Possibilities Gala.

    2017 Presenting Sponsors

    Platinum Sponsor

    Silent Auction Sponsor

    2017 Corporate Table Sponsors

  • 2016 Imagine the Possibilities Gala

    02 April 2016 / News / Comments Off

    Thank you to all of our 300 guests and 2016 Imagine the Possibilites Gala corporate sponsors and auction supporters. A total of $34,200 was raised to improve the programs and services delivered to our clients by the Abrigo Centre!

    2016 Presenting Sponsors

    2016 Corporate Table Sponsors

    2016 Media Sponsors

  • Imagine the Possibilities Gala: Tickets Now on Sale!

    26 January 2016 / News / Comments Off

    Abrigo Centre's Imagine the Possibilities Gala set for Saturday, April 2

    Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available for Abrigo's annual, signature fundraising event, the Imagine the Possibilities Gala.

    Ticket prices remain at last year's level of $80 per ticket. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,000 for a corporate table and go up to $20,000 as the event's Presenting Sponsor.

    To purchase tickets or for more information on sponsorship opportunities, please call Gerry Luciano, Manager, Fundraising & Communications at 416-534-3434 ext. 247 or by email at

  • Thank you to all who attended our Open House

    25 June 2015 / News / Comments Off

    Abrigo's Open House a rousing success!

    The Abrigo Centre hosted an Open House on Saturday, June 20 as part of our Silver Anniversary year celebrations. Approximately 200 local residents, clients and colleagues from other social service agencies dropped by to enjoy the food, entertainment and information provided.

    Our thanks go out to The Samba Squad and Drumartz who performed for us from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Andrew Cash, MP, Davenport and Matthew Correia, assistant to Davenport MPP Cristina Martins for helping to make it a memorable event.

    Special thank you to our sponsors for the afternoon. Johnny and Christina Mizzoni, owners of the Tim Hortons at St. Clair and Dufferin and Ann and Ferd Schroeder, owners of the McDonald's at St. Clair and Dufferin for providing the food and refreshments for the afternoon. Thank you all for your generous support!

    Most importantly, guests learned more about the variety of programs and services that have been a cornerstone of resources for Toronto's west-end community for the last 25 years. Abrigo Centre assists 6,000 clients each year.

    Thanks again to all who attended!

  • Annual Report 2013-2014 available for download

    25 September 2014 / News / Comments Off

    Abrigo Centre's Annual Report 2013-2014 is now available for download.

    2013-2014 Annual Report - English (PDF)

  • Annual Report 2012-2013 available for download

    26 September 2013 / News / Comments Off

    Abrigo Centre's Annual Report 2012-2013 is now available for download.

    2012-2013 Annual Report - English (PDF)

  • December 6-National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

    05 December 2012 / News / Comments Off

    The École Polytechnique Massacre, also known as the Montreal Massacre, occurred on December 6, 1989. Twenty-five-year-old Marc Lépine, armed with a legally obtained Mini-14 rifle and a hunting knife, shot twenty-eight people before killing himself. He separated the male and female students, and after claiming that he was "fighting feminism", he shot all of the women. Overall, he killed fourteen women before turning the gun on himself.

    Established on December 6, 1991 by The Parliament of Canada, The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women (VAW) marks the anniversary of the massacre in 1989. This day represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of VAW in society and to consider women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality. Also this day provides a chance for communities to consider actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

    Students at Central Commerce and Loretto College raise awareness on the issue of gender-based violence.

    Brochure-December 6-National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

  • SNAP Attends Our Open House

    04 December 2012 / News / Comments Off

    Abrigo Centre Open House

    On October 25, 2012, Abrigo Centre celebrated its grand opening of its new location at 1645 Dufferin St. (south of St. Clair Ave. W). Abrigo Centre is a multi-service, charitable organization that focuses on building community capacity in west Toronto by helping individuals and families achieve their full potential. For more than 21 years, Abrigo Centre has had a positive impact on the community by offering a wide range of services, including community information, family violence counselling, youth and parenting support, and Portuguese seniors recreational and education programming.
    Congratulations on your new home!

    For complete article and photos, please click here.

  • Abrigo Centre celebrates new home with community Open House on October 25, 2012

    17 October 2012 / News / Comments Off

    MEDIA ADVISORY – Abrigo Centre celebrates new home with community Open House

    When: Thursday, October 25, 2012 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (official ceremony at 6:30 p.m.)

    What: Abrigo Centre, a multi-service, charitable organization that has served the community for over 22 years, is celebrating its new home at 1645 Dufferin St., in Toronto. Please join us for an Open House and tour the new location. Light refreshments will be served. Abrigo’s impact is achieved through a wide range of services, including violence against women counselling, youth outreach and support, senior’s recreation services, groups for male perpetrators of abuse, parenting groups and community development activities.

    Where: Abrigo Centre
    1645 Dufferin St. (just south of St. Clair Ave. W.) Toronto, ON

    Who: Abrigo Staff and Board of Directors

    For more information, please call: 416-534-3434
    For media inquiries, please contact:Maria Jose Levy Program Manager, Abrigo Centre     416-534-3434 ext: 233

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