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Stay-at-Home-Gala raises $52,000 for Community Foundation’s COVID-19 relief fund

Kyle Sampson ready to host the Stay-at-Home-Gala COVID-19 Relief gala. Facebook photo

The first ever Stay-at-Home-Gala was a night to remember with the Prince George Community Foundation more than doubling its goal to raise $25,000 during its 25th anniversary year and for its COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

“The foundation is overwhelmed by the generosity of the community for the PGCF’s Emergency Response Fund to help those registered charities in Prince George in response to COVID-19,” said Alain Lefebvre, Community Foundation president. “Thank you to everyone who participated in the virtual gala and supported the Community Foundation in our response efforts.”

A total of $52,354.41 was raised during the gala online events. This includes a $20,000 donation from Scotiabank. These funds will be used to help registered charities in Prince George.  

Locally, Catherine Hansen and Kyle Sampson kept the evening moving as dynamic hosts. The evening was made even more special with Scotiabank announcing a $20,000 donation. Guests included Will Stroet of Will’s Jams – Juno-nominated CBC Kids performer, a cocktail lesson from Northern Lights Estate Winery, a musical performance by Keith David and Jeni Rae and appearances by Cougar’s alum Brett Connelly, Eric Brewer and Dan Hamhuis to name a few.

“We are thrilled by Scotiabank’s donation and all of the support shown by Prince Georgians,” said Mindy Stroet, the Foundation’s director of development. “Together we are stronger and we showed that Saturday evening.”

More than 20 communities participated in this cross-country virtual gala event on Saturday, May 2.  The national line-up included the likes of Andre Picard – health writer and columnist with the Globe and Mail, dynamic musical group Once a Tree, music sensation Barney Bentall and so much more.

Donations are still being accepted through our website or by contacting Mindy at

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