Conservation Halton Foundation raises $280,000 in its 6th Blue Gala

The Conservation Halton Foundation celebrated its sixth annual gala, the Blue Gala, highlighting the blue spaces in Conservation Halton’s watersheds.

The event raised over $280,000 for significant stream, creek, and wetland restoration projects, including those in Carlisle, Flamborough, and Milton.

“Clean and abundant water is our life blood. Conservation Halton manages and restores local creeks and their watersheds and educates communities about the importance of protecting these precious natural systems for existing and future generations,” said Barbara Veale, Acting CAO of Conservation Halton.

“Blue paid tribute to this important work. We are grateful for the support of our local mayors, councillors, sponsors, donors and partners who helped us build awareness and raise significant funds for our restoration efforts.”

The event, held at Kelso Conservation Area, welcomed over 330 guests who enjoyed a cocktail reception and seated dinner, with support from presenting sponsors Argo Development Corp and Mattamy Homes. Attendees were inspired by keynote speaker Adam van Koeverden, Member of Parliament for Milton and one of Canada’s most celebrated athletes, and the evening also featured live music, lawn games, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle, contributing to the Conservation Halton Foundation surpassing its fundraising target.

“Each year, our gala is an opportunity for us to celebrate the incredible work of Conservation Halton with our closest supporters and friends,” said Garner Beckett, Executive Director of the Conservation Halton Foundation. “This year, we put the focus on our local watercourses and wetlands. These spaces are integral to the health of our watersheds and to the wellbeing of our communities—they sustain, inspire and connect us.”

The Conservation Halton Foundation’s annual gala is its signature fundraiser. Each year, a unique theme is introduced to spotlight Conservation Halton’s parks and priorities in environmental conservation, outdoor recreation, and education.

Laura Steiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Milton Reporter, Milton Reporter