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Portage Ontario celebrates volunteers, breaks fundraising record

The future for Ontario youth who need treatment at Portage is bright, thanks to a record turnout at last week’s annual Fresh Start fundraising gala. On October 29th, Portage Ontario welcomed supporters, friends and alumni to Toronto’s Boulevard Club, where their annual dinner and auction exceeded all fundraising targets. By the end of the evening, over $160,000 was raised for the Portage Ontario Youth Treatment Fund.
Featuring remarks by successful program graduates and Portage Ontario chairman Michael Howlett, attendees celebrated the program’s success, as well as the hard work and dedication of its volunteers. Special guests included the Hon. Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, as well as Toronto Deputy Chief of Police Michael Federico and representatives from several key government ministries.

Portage program graduate Corinne gave an emotional speech to the crowd, crediting Portage for helping her address her addiction issues and getting her life back on track. “Because of Portage, I found the courage to live the life I dared to dream,” she said. “Portage truly showed me the way.”

All funds raised at Fresh Start will go directly towards Portage Ontario Youth Treatment Fund and the vital rehabilitation programming it provides.

Hon. Liz Sandals (Minister of Education), Dianne Gillin, Toronto Deputy Chief of Police Michael Federico