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Hundreds to attend 4th Annual Lucky Ball St. Patrick's Day FYFB Benefit

Tickets are now available for the Lucky Ball benefit fundraiser for FYFB on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17, at Revival Bar on College Street in Little Italy.

Thursday 17 March 2016
7:00pm - 2:00am
Revival Bar. 783 College Street
w - LuckyBall.ca

The 4th annual event is anticipated to draw hundreds of attendees to the downtown party. Lucky Ball is the largest fundraiser for FYFB, generating almost $100,000 in its first three years. All ticket proceeds have gone to FYFB programming thanks to the generosity of sponsors who cover the cost of the party through donations of dollars, supplies, and time. Tickets can be purchased here and more information including pics of last year’s Ball are available at LuckyBall.ca.

FYFB. Fort York Food Bank. Lucky Ball 2016

Corporate/ Donor/ Volunteer Support Welcome!

The Lucky Ball Committee is also seeking volunteers, silent auction items, and more corporate and media sponsors. If you are able to help, please contact FYFB Director and Lucky Ball founder and Committee Chair Scott Shallow at scott@torontocondos.com.

Where Ticket Sales Go

For context on how important the continued support means, the Lucky Ball contributes more than 20% of the FYFB’s annual cash operating budget. FYFB is a grassroots non-denominational charitable organization and one of the largest food banks serving Toronto. It is volunteer-driven, with only one paid staff member. It receives no government funding and relies on the continued support of volunteers and important contributing members and businesses of our community.

FYFB serves 1,100 clients every month, approximately 15% of whom are children. The typical client survives on $3 per day after housing costs. In 2015, thanks to 25,000 volunteer service hours, FYFB served 33,000 hot meals, provided 21,000 food baskets, and supported more than 75 client cases each month. Help us make 2016 more successful!

For more info, please watch our video.

FYFB Again Receives Top Rating among Canadian Charities

FYFB. Fort York Food Bank. Charity IntelligenceCharity Intelligence has rated FYFB as one of its top charities once again, and included it as one of 10 recipients in Canada of a new fund that pools donations and delivers them to high impact charities.

The new Canadian Charity Impact Fund is focused on charities that deliver a high “Social Return on Investment”, a ratio that measures the amount of value created per dollar donated. For more information on the fund, click here.

"We found this group of 10 organizations in Canada that were producing $9 of social benefit for every dollar invested — far above the average," noted Kate Bahen, managing director at Charity Intelligence, in an interview with the CBC.

In 2015, FYFB earned Charity Intelligence’s highest 4-Star rating for excelling in financial transparency, accountability to donors and cost-efficiency. The organization has received a top rating for multiple consecutive years.

Charity Intelligence researches Canadian charities for donors with its website providing reports on over 600 Canadian charities. The organization estimates that these 600 charities receive more than half the $15 billion Canadians support charities with each year.

Each report is a brief overview of the charity providing concise information on the charity's programs, its spending and its funding reserves. The reports are designed to help Canadians become better informed about the charities they give to.

Today over 100,000 Canadians use Charity Intelligence’s website as a go-to source for information on Canadian charities and have downloaded over 124,000 charity reports.

For details on FYFB’s rating, please visit Charity Intelligence’s profile here.

FYFB Expresses Thanks to Community Partners

FYFB. Fort York Food Bank. UberEatsFYFB wishes to express its appreciation for the donation of time and money from multiple corporate and community donors including both new and returning partners:

The lunch delivery service UberEats has made FYFB the receipient of daily lunches from restaurants participating in the downtown delivery service.

Children’s Aid Society Food Drive
Staff from various departments of the Children's Aid Society of Toronto continue to step up in a big way for FYFB. Their most recent holiday food drive for FYFB, their 6th annual, resulted in almost 4,500 pounds of food collected and close to $1,500 for the food bank, a significant increase from the previous year!

FYFB. Fort York Food Bank. Children's Aid Volunteers

FYFB. Fort York Food Bank. Triluxe Sample SaleTriluxe Sample Sale
The recent Triluxe sample sale raised $1,500 for FYFB.

The regular event, done in partnership with FYFB Directors Scott Shallow and Chris Murphy, donates a portion of proceeds from Triluxe’s sale of high end designer clothes from brand names such as J. Lindeberg, Sand, and G-LAB to FYFB.

FYFB. Fort York Food Bank. Templeton DayTempleton Day
FYFB wishes to thank staff from Templeton Investments for their continued support, both financially and through volunteer time, for 15 years!

Templeton staff and family recently donated $2,000 and staff and family recently volunteered again at FYFB.

FYFB. Fort York Food Bank. Midnite RunMidnite Run
FYFB was honoured to be selected again as charity recipient for Toronto’s New Years Eve Midnite Run race and party.

The 5th annual 5k run made its way through Liberty Village, with the winner setting a new course record of 16:23 while others took a more leisurely pace!

Donations were collected for FYFB.

FYFB. Fort York Food Bank. Rotary Club of Parkdale-High ParkRotary Club of Parkdale-High Park
The Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park has donated more than $2,000 to FYFB to help with the purchase of milk, a necessary and important supplementary item for FYFB’s food baskets.

Rotary members are regular volunteers for FYFB’s food program and also regular donors.

Ways to Get Involved at FYFB

If you are interested in volunteering at FYFB either one day or on a regular basis as a corporate group, please contact margaret@fyfb.com. For community partner information please write to info@fyfb.com.

To donate to FYFB, please click hereor to volunteer, please click here. Do you know someone who'd be interested in the great work FYFB does? Tell them about our next event posted at fyfb.com/events.

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