On an unseasonably warm November evening last year, a large crowd gathered once again for the 15th annual gala dinner and toy auction benefiting The Teresa Group organised by one of The Teresa Group’s most dedicated champions, Don Cameron and his daughter Joanne Baker. A behind-the-scenes peek will show you a group of committed and passionate toy industry professionals working out how to wow the crowd with VIP guests and offer the best-ever selection of auction items – and they do just that, year after year.
The night began with a captivating and inspiring speech from youth activist, Ashley Murphy.
Ashley spoke not only about her journey being born with HIV and her role as a young leader and motivational speaker but also her special connection with The Teresa Group and how the organization had helped to support her and her family. A standing ovation was a fitting tribute to this remarkable young woman who has grown into a poised an accomplished speaker with an important and powerful message.
The appearance of sports celebrities
are an exciting and much-anticipated part of this event. This year former MLB pitcher, Ray Burris, former Toronto Blue Jays MVP catcher, Pat Borders and former Toronto Blue Jays catcher and sports analyst, Gregg Zaun enthralled the audience with behind-the-scenes tales and posed for countless photographs with fans and admirers.
Given the extensive silent auction and the fact that the holidays were just around the corner, no-one went home empty handed but it was the children and families who are part of The Teresa Group who were the real winners, benefiting from this fundraiser all year round.