An Invitation

A Gala to benefit HIV-AIDS Orphans in Ethiopia*  2011 PHOTOS (photos courtesy Albert W. Lee & Steven Deutscher-Kobayashi)

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
C-5 at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Tickets $165

Patron-Family Sponsor $1500 | Champagne Table Sponsor $2,500 | Title Sponsorship $5,000 | details available on request

On Wednesday, May 2nd an arc of hope will stretch from an orphanage in Ethiopia to the ROM as cherry trees blossom in Toronto. For a second year the People4Kids Gala takes place in the jewel-like setting of C-5 restaurant in the ROM.


Within this elegant venue with its panoramic view, the sun will set to the music of Waleed Abdulhamid hailed as “one of the most talented and exciting musicians working in Toronto today”. His brand of jazz is a nuanced blend of global influences and African roots punctuated by striking vocals and innovative and traditional percussion rhythms. Party fare will be the creation of newcomer to C-5, Celebrity Chef Corbin Tomaszeki of “Dinner Party Wars” and Restaurant Makeover” fame. While you munch and mingle you can shop our expanded Silent Auction which will include “getaway” certificates and paintings from artists represented by the Hollander York Gallery.


Waleed Abdulhamid’s work with musicians from all corners of the planet reflects Toronto’s diversity, as will our gala guest list which includes leaders from Toronto’s Ethiopian community, the Ontario Public Service, notably the Ministry of Finance, along with many others who wish to contribute to improving the lives of “some” of the over one million AIDS-HIV orphans in Ethiopia.  It doesn’t take much to make a dream come true for one of these children.  We are inspired by their resilience in spite of the unthinkable circumstances of their life journey.  The simple dreams of these vulnerable children are firmly rooted in basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and education.


Leaders in Toronto’s Ethiopian community have established a unique orphan sponsorship opportunity by forging cost-effective, high-impact links between orphans and Canadians. We look forward to an evening of friendship and goodwill accompanied by a sense of community with others who seek to enlarge the hopes and dreams of these resilient, young souls. We promise an evening that will lift your spirits!


The volunteer committee chaired by Pat Deutscher & Lynn Deutscher Kobayashi is hard at work and every ticket sold brings us closer to our goal of raising enough money to sponsor 70 orphans.

PLEASE JOIN US. . . in friendship, in hope. . .  you are needed. Act now and commit to buying ticket(s)** today!  CLICK HEREto email an RSVP for your ticket(s).

* The Ethiopian community in Toronto is the 2nd largest in North America. All funds raised go to the orphan sponsorship program of People to People AID Organization Canada, Inc.  **A significant portion of the ticket price will be eligible for a tax receipt.

Gala Committee 2012

Co-chairs:  Lynn Deutscher Kobayashi & Patrick Deutscher

Meseret Ali
Tigist Abebe (Chair, People to People AID Organization)
John Chou
Norm Helfand
Ambaye Kidane (Board Member, People to People AID Organization Canada) Chung-Yee Loo
Sewite Solomon
Genet Tsegaye


2nd People4Kids Gala

Wednesday, May 2, 2o12

Location: C-5 at the ROM