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Georgian gala

The signature event of the year

Georgian’s biennial gala event, hosted at Casino Rama Resort, welcomes 300 guests and has raised more than $1 million to support scholarships, awards and bursaries for talented and deserving Georgian students since its inception in 2006. Guests experience a gourmet, five-course dinner with wine pairings, participate in an exciting electronic and live auction, and enjoy amazing entertainment and special remarks.

About the gala

Here’s your chance to make a real difference and spark student success!

All proceeds from this signature event benefit Georgian’s awards, scholarships and bursary program.

Your investment will open doors, remove barriers and support the delivery of an unrivaled student experience at Georgian. Help ensure that financial hardship doesn’t prevent aspiring students from pursuing their dreams.

Presented by

BMO Bank of Montreal

Event details

Date: Friday, Nov. 3

Location: Casino Rama Resort

View save the date card.

Sponsorship and
general event inquiries

Email Jessica Comella or call 249.388.1248.

Master of ceremonies and host
James Cunningham

James Cunningham. master of ceremonies and host, Georgian Gala

Musical entertainment by
Dwayne Gretzky

Dwayne Gretzky is a curated nostalgia trip that captures the unique joy of turning a radio dial and being surprised by the familiar. A 10+ piece juggernaut that brings to life the greatest songs of all time, this talented group of Toronto musicians ignites audiences with their charm, fidelity and theatrical flair. Celebrating classic pop and rock, from Fleetwood Mac to Fatboy Slim, Dwayne Gretzky has delivered electrifying renditions of over 600 songs.

Gala auction

By donating items or services to Georgian’s gala you are helping to ensure student success.

Choose one of the following options:

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Have an experience, product or service to donate? Email our team today.

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Create a gift basket

Choose a theme, ask department members to contribute towards basket items and send to our team to be included in the auction.

Check out some basket ideas to spark your creativity.

Please email our team the theme you have chosen to avoid duplicates.

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Amazon wish list

No time to shop? Check out our Amazon wish list, purchase an item and it will be shipped directly to our team to be included in the auction.

Instructions and link for wish list.

Meet the 2023 gala committee

Ali Khonsari, Co-chair

Owner and Vice President, Image Dental Laboratory
Past Chair, Georgian College Board of Governors 2022-23
Business Marketing Administration (class of 1997)

Addison Wallwin, Co-chair

Controller, Wallwin Electric Services Ltd.
Pre-health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees (class of 2015) and Business Administration – Accounting (class of 2019)

Chris Adams

Founder and Managing Director, Adams Hamilton

David Bell

Associate Vice President, Advancement and Alumni Relations, Georgian College

Patty Bradley

Senior Presidential Advisor and Government Relations, Georgian College
Tourism Management (class of 1995)

Alex Cardno

Wealth Advisor, Scotia Wealth Management

Paulo Cardoso

Chief Partnerships Officer, JKR Agency
Business – Marketing (class of 2018)

Melissa Cardoso

Chief Marketing Officer, JKR Agency
Travel and Tourism (class of 2018)

Parker Coulter

Broker of Record, Parker Coulter Realty

Sheila Delaney

Community leader

Marilyn Nigro

Faculty, School of Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation, Georgian College

Cathy Turner

Community leader

Mary-Anne Willsey

Operations Oversight, Mariposa Market Stores
Vice Chair, Board of Governors, Georgian College

Get inspired

Our last gala, Georgian’s Crystal Ball, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal in 2019, was a resounding success, raising more than $200,000 to support student success initiatives at Georgian College. The event, which was hosted at Casino Rama Resort, welcomed close to 300 guests and brought the total amount raised by this event to more than $1 million since its inception in 2006.

This biennial event was cancelled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are excited to welcome our friends and supporters back to the gala in 2023!

Thank you to our generous 2023 sponsors

Presenting sponsor

BMO Bank of Montreal

Venue sponsor

Casino Rama Resort

Radio and media sponsor

107.5 Kool FM Barrie's Best Mix
Rock 95
Barrie 360 What Barrie's talking about

Impact-level sponsors

autoIQ Dealership Group logo
Deloitte logo

Combustion-level sponsors

Orsi Group logo
ILAC International Language Academy of Canada logo

Blaze-level sponsors

Georgian International logo
Johnson Insurance
Rogers Business

Ignite-level sponsors

Campus Living Centres
Gallivan student health and wellness logo
Panasonic logo
Wallwin Integrated Systems

Spark-level sponsors

Georgian College Alumni Association
Powell Jones LLP
Chartered Professional Accountants
Business Advisors
The Wallwin Family

Friends of Georgian sponsors