The Trenton MFRC invites residents of the Quinte region to attend the 16th annual Invisible Ribbon Gala during the virtual event on Saturday, May 8th at 7 p.m.
Join Canadians across the country in celebrating this year’s theme; Canada, celebrating the true north, strong and free and raising awareness of the strength of Canadian military families.
The annual Invisible Ribbon Campaign raises awareness about the role of the military families and the resilience required in supporting Canadian troops. The campaign and pays tribute to the sacrifices military families make in support of Canada and 100 per cent of net proceeds from the Invisible Ribbon Gala support military families in the local community.
As military members continuously travel for deployment or relocation to different bases, community partners have shown a plethora of support in helping military members and their families access healthcare support.
“Members of the military put themselves in the line of fire during their duties, but their families also make sacrifices,” said Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith, Ontario Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. “For each man or woman in uniform, there’s a family behind them, often moving at a moment’s notice with multiple challenges.”
During these unprecedented times, special events coordinator of the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre Sarah Stone said that Trenton MFRC is grateful and humble of all the staff and volunteers who have risen to the challenge and continue to support and raise awareness for military families.
Serving over 4,400 military members and approximately 7,500 dependents in the Quinte region, the Trenton MFRC is a non-profit organization that promotes and facilitates community-based services for military families. Hundreds of military members and their families access the resources offered by the Trenton MFRC each year.
Trenton MFRC is excited to announce that this year’s annual Invisible Ribbon gala will take place virtually and focus on fundraising support for the variety of activities that the organization engages in to support military families with access to healthcare.
“As Canadians, we’re in this together,” said gala title sponsor Dibbits Excavating and Landscape Supply Joe Dibbits. “Our military members put in a lot of time caring for us, so we’re grateful to be included in this year’s gala.”
Despite popular belief, military families do not have healthcare access through the base, but through the local communities in which they live. During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare resources are already stretched to the limits, adding additional challenges for military members and families.
“Our families have to endure the separations and stress of our careers,” said 8 Wing Chief Warrant Officer Dan Baulne. “Organizations and programs supporting our members are so important. It enriches and enhances the lives of our members and their families. By moving to virtual space, the MFRC has once again shown their flexibility and dedication to supporting our members and their families.”
Tickets for the virtual gala are available now at www.invisibleribbon.ca/tickets for $150 and includes a three-course meal for one from Occasions by the Bay and will grant access to the live auction. Meals will be delivered to ticketholders from 4-6 p.m. and the live auction will take place at 8 p.m. following the gala.
“Our community is the best at supporting military families and we want to continue to support them alongside community partners,” said Trenton MFRC executive director Tamara Kleinschmidt. “We want to utilize funds to create a robust menu for support and services for military families moving in and out of our community.”
Residents wishing to participate in the live auction will be able to make bids online from April 24th to May 10th. More information about the online auction can be found at www.invisibleribbon.ca/auction-information.
Virginia Clinton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Intelligencer