Every day, The Darling Home for Kids is entrusted to care for the most medically complex children. With a warm and nurturing environment, the Home provides Residential, Respite, and Hospice Palliative Care programs, making it a haven for families facing unique challenges.

Twenty-five years ago marked a significant moment in The Darling Home for Kids’ history when the first gala was held to raise funds for the construction of the Home, which officially opened its doors in 2004. Since then, the annual gala has become a cornerstone of support, contributing significantly to essential infrastructure, operational needs, and the continuous improvement of services provided to the children. Over the years, we have provided more than 655,000 hours of care to families in need.

The Butterfly Ball: On the Silver Screen, the 25th annual gala, was a beautiful affair, raising an impressive $200,000. Graceful dancers and a lively band set the stage aglow, creating an atmosphere of excitement. Live and silent auctions heightened the anticipation, as valuable items found new homes, raising essential funds for The Darling Home for Kids.

A thrilling highlight was the Red Door Raffle sponsored by Air Canada Foundation, shrouded in mystery with only 50 keys available. Participants eagerly tried to unlock it, building suspense. The lucky winner not only revealed two tickets to a dream destination but also generously donated them back for auction, further contributing to the cause. The festivities continued with a lively photo booth, capturing smiles and laughter.

We were graced with encouraging and inspiring words from Susan Hay, Global TV host, and Kristin Horrell, CEO of The Darling Home for Kids, fostering a sense of community and shared purpose.

Magnus, a child who stayed at The Darling Home for Kids initially for respite and later full-time until he passed away, was remembered that evening. His mother, Tiffany, spoke about Magnus’s life and journey, highlighting the crucial support they received during difficult times. The speech underscored how the generosity of supporters helps families like hers find strength and support in their challenging journeys.

The Butterfly Ball was generously sponsored by Rogers, The Henslow-Brown Foundation, The Power Investment Team at CIBC Private Wealth, UPS, Skygrid, TD, Walkers Medical Pharmacy, Buckeye Amps, along with support from BANG! creative, Wellington Printworks Inc., and West Side Magazine.

For more information about The Darling Home for Kids, please visit: www.darlinghomeforkids.ca

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