Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2018 fundraising gala, We Believe: Let’s Move Forward Together, the incredible evening that it was. Since our inaugural fundraising gala five years ago, each year’s event has been bigger and better than the last and 2018’s We Believe: Let’s Move Forward Together was no exception.

From the beginning, the We Believe Gala has been about community; recognizing those within Edmonton who are champions of SACE; rallying together to show survivors of sexual violence that we believe and support them; and focusing on how we can move forward together in order to prevent sexual violence from happening within our communities. Although there is still much work to be done, this event was dedicated to celebrating how far we have come, and inspiring hope for how much further we can go in the future. We are so grateful to the incredible performers, Karimah, Lady Vanessa and Nasra Adem, our live painter, Amanda Schutz, and keynote speaker, Tarana Burke, who left us with messages of determination, strength and community connection.

We were humbled by the overwhelming show of support that we received yet again this year. The room was filled with nearly 500 of our community partners, funders, clients, volunteers and friends and family. We are grateful to everyone who was able to attend, as well as those who contributed to the success of the event in other ways, through their volunteerism, with silent auction donations, and generous sponsorships.

Together we were able to raise over $70,000, all of which will go directly to supporting SACE programs such as individual and group counselling, public education, and our 24-Hour Support & Information Line.