The 9th annual “Kaleidoscope of Hope” was also a medieval themed “Night in Armour” filled with incredible décor, fun & entertainment. It featured myself, DJ George Thomas, interactive games and inspiring guests speakers.
It was a truly spectacular night at the Infinity Convention Centre. 500 people came together to raise funds and also bring awareness to youth mental health in Ottawa.
A powerful short program also featured two beautiful performances by youth dancers. Host emcees Patricia Boal & Graham Richardson from CTV fame were amazing as well. The evening was a truly unique and moving experience and I was so honoured to be part of it.
So far to date, the Kaleidoscope of Hope has raised over $800,000 towards youth mental health initiatives in Ottawa! A huge congrats to everyone involved. This is an amazing achievement!
Website: Kaleidoscope of Hope Gala
Design: Avant-Garde Designs
Venue: Infinity Convention Centre
Furniture: LouLou Lounge
Event Photographer: Paul Couvrette
DJ: George Thomas
Photo Booth: Flash Photo Booth Ottawa
Dancers: Capital City Dance
Media Sponsors: CTV, Ottawa Business Journal, Majic 100, CFRA, TSN1200, Pure Country 94
Photos by Kimberley Dunn
Kaleidoscope of Hope – A Background
The Kaleidoscope of Hope was founded in 2011 in direct response to the shortage of support facilities and support programs for youth mental health.
Each year KOH focuses on a specific youth mental health issue and finds beneficiaries whose programs or services best align.
Bullying, depression, suicide, and eating disorders are some of the youth mental health challenges they have addressed. The most recent being the opioid crisis and substance abuse disorders.
Funds raised by this event go directly to supporting the Youth Services Bureau , United Way Ottawa (through the Ottawa Senators Foundation ), and Say No For Nick . Youth Services Bureau channels these funds to their Walk-In Clinic; the United Way Ottawa will channel their funds to project step; and Say No For Nick will channel their funds to further their mission of education, advocacy and navigation for youth and families struggling with Opioid and/or Substance Use Disorder.