November 21

2017 Right To Play Tribute Dinner@Metro Toronto Convention Centre -Tuesday, November 14, 2017

BY Kimberly Samnang

Right To Play hosted its fourth signature Tribute Dinner on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in Toronto — a fundraising event to celebrate the power of play, and its ability to transform the lives of children and empower youth around the world. The Dinner paid tribute to The Honourable Chantal Petitclerc, Canadian Senator, decorated Paralympian and Right To Play Athlete Ambassador, and David McKay, President and Chief Executive Officer of RBC.

Right to Play presented the inaugural Youth Award, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of Indigenous youth leader from Right To Play’s Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program, a youth leader from Right To Play’s Youth To Youth school program, and Penny Oleksiak, Canadian competitive swimmer, who during the 2016 Summer Olympics became the first Canadian to win four medals in the same Summer Games and the country’s youngest Olympic champion.

It was a dressy black tie affair, where guests were treated to a VIP cocktail reception where they enjoyed a meet and greet with Canadian Olympic Medallists Penny Oleksiak and Andre DeGrasse, Paralympic Champion Chantal Petitclerc, Right to Play Founder Johann Koss and RBC President and CEO Dave McKay. Guests enjoyed a luxurious seated 3 course menu with basketball size Lindor chocolates wrapped and preplated for swag giveaways. The evening raised a massive $2,800,000 for the charity.

Additional Athlete attendees included:
Curt Harnett Erica Wiebe
Sami Jo Small Derek Drouin
Billy Bridges Kimberly Hyacinthe
Kevin Rempel Grant Clitsome
Zahra Mahmoodi Perdita Felicien
Sam Effah Zach Hyman
Jason Burnett Marnie McBean
Adam van Koeverden Brittany MacLean
Diana Matheson Lanni Marchant
Rosie MacLennan Melissa Humana-Parades
Gavin Smellie Karen Cockburn
Victoria Winter

We would like to thank Jess Rutledge of Stellick Marketing Communications for this invitation.