The Prosperity Ball 2016 in support of New Beginnings Support Program took place on Saturday, April 30, at Toronto’s historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

New Beginnings Support Program works diligently to assist women and children get out of poverty and towards self-sufficiency by helping them build newfound confidence and practical skills. With hope for the first time, women will find incentive to move from just existing to living a full and productive life.

Karren for example, spent much of her time fighting against a system that was supposed to help her. “It was emotionally exhausting, ” she said, until she met the ladies from New Beginnings. “They advocated for me and helped me get the support I needed to get back on my feet,” “It meant a lot to my daughter and I to have this kind of support.” With New Beginnings help, Karren is currently working on a contract and hopes to continue her career moving forward. “When I fully get on my feet, I will absolutely come back and sponsor another woman through New Beginnings, ”she stated.

The evening of this important gala began with a champagne reception serving wine & bubbly paired with short ribs and samosas, followed by a sit-down dinner hosted by Stephen Shea, the chair of the Board of the New Beginnings Support Program and Canadian Managing Partner, Talent for Ernst & Young LLP. Guests enjoyed a gourmet three-course meal featuring an asparagus, pear and walnut soup, a juicy herb roasted chicken breast stuffed with leeks and goat cheese and served on a smoked celery root and olive oil potato puree with lemon-scented green beans, baby carrots, and merlot chicken jus, finished with a duo of lemon meringue tart and flourless chocolate cake. Vegetarian option , which was just as scrumptious included a roasted eggplant “caponata” risotto served with roulade, aged balsamic, asiago cheese, and warm chick pea salad. Throughout the night, My Pop Choir comprised of several choirs from the GTA and Jade’s Hip Hop Academy provided fun and dynamic entertainment.

A silent auction area was available during and after the dinner featuring priceless items like signed ballet shoes from National Ballet of Canada’s first soloist Chelsy Meisis and second soloist Jenna Savella, a one week romantic vacation package including two round trip airfare to Casa Del Mar Beach Resort (valued at $3,800), a one week stay at the luxury Lake Rousseau 7 bedroom cottage with boathouse (valued at 15,000), and much more.

Following dinner were a balloon burst with prizes, a raffle draw, and dancing into the night.

What is the New Beginnings Support Program?
The New Beginnings Support Program is a charitable agency that is devoted to making a difference in our community in Toronto by helping improve and restructure the lives of underserved and low-income women. Its team interviews women in need of assistance individually in order to gauge their dependency on the social system that is available in Canada.
Working with other agencies, the New Beginnings Support Program helps women in poverty and their children build self esteem, and move them from shelters into main stream society.

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