Waves of Changes for Autism 7th Annual Gala raises $287K

Waves of Changes for Autism is a charity that supports children with autism in Vaughan, Ont. All net proceeds of this gala go directly to support these children and their families. With great support, Ellen Contardi, president of Waves of Changes for Autism, has announced that the 7th Annual Gala raised a total of $287K.

This event was a massive success with over 700 supporters and community members in attendance at the Terrace Banquet Centre where they gathered to support children in Vaughan living with autism. This year’s gala was themed “Love” and featured many performances, food and fun while attendees gathered for a great cause.

“I want to thank our kind, caring and compassionate community for  their continued support of Waves of Changes for Autism — even  while we all navigated through a global pandemic. In addition, we  are grateful for the generosity of our sponsors who support our mission with fundraising dollars.”  — Ellen Contardi.  

The charity, which was founded in 2016, has raised a total of nearly $1.4 million and funded 317 applications that help with the cost of specialized autism therapies and programs for children and families with autism in Vaughan. 

Waves of Change for Autism is proud to be among Canada’s top one percent of charities, which give more than 60% of funds raised directly to the programming.  

“I am proud to announce that  Waves of Changes for Autism received the best Non-Profit Charity Award at the 2022 Vaughan Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards. Additionally, Vaughan Woodbridge MP Francesco Sorbara bestowed our group with Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee pin in recognition of outstanding charitable work. These are outstanding recognitions. What I am most proud of, however, is that we have not left one child behind. We have funded every eligible application that has been submitted.” — Ellen Contardi.  

We look forward to continuing to see the Waves of Changes for Autism charity grow and support those in need. 

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