Toronto, October 22, 2020: The 519’s largest fundraising night, The Annual Gala, returns to screens this November. Bringing together leading performers for a virtual variety show of musical performances and special appearances in support of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, the event will be streamed on Sunday, November 14, at 7:30 pm ET.
The 2021 Annual Gala will feature musical performances by Alan Cumming, Ben Vereen, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jackie Richardson, and Theo Tams, with singer Serena Ryder joining this powerhouse line-up this year.
The 17th edition of this signature event is organized by The 519’s Honorary Patron Salah J. Bachir and his husband Jacob Yerex.
Sponsored by TD, Bell, CIBC, The Murray Frum Foundation, and Slaight Family Foundation.
VIP ticket: $1,000 (CAD) • Regular ticket: $150 (CAD) • Pay-What-You-Can tickets
VIP Tables, Tables & Sponsorship available. Contact: SKelly@The519.org
“We’re so grateful to Salah J. Bachir, who has championed The 519 via his Annual Gala for the past 17 years. The 2021 Virtual Gala will raise critically-needed funds for our programs and services in a safe manner and enable us to welcome guests from across the city, province, and even country.”
— Stacy Kelly, Director – Philanthropy, The 519
“The impact of COVID-19 on the communities we serve was immediate and devastating. Many of them, already marginalized by poverty and violence, now faced isolation because of a shutdown. The 2021 Annual Gala is a unique opportunity to support The 519 in our continued delivery of essential programs and services for the most underserved members of our 2 Spirit, queer, and trans communities.”
— Maura Lawless, Executive Director, The 519
Title Sponsors: Salah J. Bachir and Jacob Yerex
Presenting Sponsor: Rogers
Dean Lobo, Coordinator – Communications