2,500 young professionals and Special Olympics athletes united for the 18th annual night of philanthropy and fun at the Liberty Grand
The 18th annual motionball Toronto Gala, returned to the Liberty Grand on Friday, February 1st. The gala brought together 2,500 celebrities, young professionals and Special Olympics athletes to raise $300,000 for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation. The 2019 gala featured 8+ live entertainment acts across two grand ballrooms courtesy of Entertainment Sponsor Molson, and specialty cocktail bars courtesy of Grand Marnier and Appleton Estate. Guests were able to bid on the luxury silent auction, and had the chance to win two tickets to any Air Canada destination! In addition to complimentary drinks all night long, guests will be served light bites from sponsors Prairie Girl Bakery and Pita Pit.
motionball was founded by three best friends who happen to be brothers. Mark, Sean and Paul Etherington have been involved with Special Olympics Canada since childhood when they volunteered at fundraising events organized by their parents, who co-founded the Sports Celebrities Festival, which has raised more than $25 million for Special Olympics Canada since 1983. Noticing a lack of integration between supporters and the athletes they support, the Etherington brothers wanted to get the younger generation involved in giving back and to enrich the lives of Canadians living with an intellectual disability by building friendships with them – not only raising money for them. Throughout the course of the motionball calendar year more than 6,000 supporters and Special Olympics athletes participate in 32 annual events in 20 Canadian cities. motionball aims to continue growing this organization by educating our country’s next generation of leaders on the objectives of providing funding for athletes to realize their dreams and goals. To date, motionball has raised over $10,000,000 net. For more information please visit: http://www.motionball.com-30-