True Patriot Love Foundation- Tribute Dinner 2013
True Patriot Love Foundation – The 2013 True Patriot Love Tribute Dinner has become the largest celebration in support of military families our country has ever seen, raising over $15 million since its inaugural gala in 2009. The event is attended by Toronto’s most influential business and community leaders, as well as many distinguished military representatives, celebrities and Canadian dignitaries each year. The gala evening included: VIP and general reception, silent auction, live auction, evening entertainment and speeches from politicians and Canadian Forces members. General (retired) Rick Hiller – one of Camp Maple Leaf’s founders – asked the attendees to show their support for our military families by EACH contributing to send a Canadian Forces child to summer camp as part of the True Patriot Love funding initiatives. The event attracted many celebrities and dignitaries including Mrs. Laureen Harper, Howard Drake UK High Commissioner to Canada, General Tom Lawson Chief of the Defense Staff, several Fedaral Ministers including Hon. Tony Clement, and Hon. Thomas Mulcair. Other dignitaries included Hon. Hilary Weston, Hon. Robert Ghiz, Premier of Prince Edward Island, as well, Major-General Retired Richard Rohmer and Major-General Retired Lewis Mackenzie, two of Canada’s most decorated military members. The evening’s entertainment featured a special performance by The Barenaked Ladies, who closed the evening.