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Power of Giving Hybrid Gala

By: GBGH Foundation

Power of Giving Hybrid Gala

By: GBGH Foundation

$0 raised of $250,000 goal
Saturday, September 24, 2022 In-person: 5PM-10PM Virtual: 7PM-8:30PM
Discovery Harbour - 93 Jury Drive, Penetanguishene, ON  L9M 1G1

Power of Giving Gala

This year’s Power of Giving Gala will take place both virtually and in person on Saturday, September 24th along the beautiful waterfront of Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene. The Gala will aim to raise $250,000 for Georgian Bay General Hospital, through online auction, live fundraising, and sharing of heart-warming stories that demonstrate the incredible impact that community support has on our vital health centre.

The Foundation is so grateful for the continued support of our event partners, and are proud to have Faris Team Real Estate Brokerage as our presenting sponsor for the 2022 Power of Giving Gala. 

In Person Experience (5PM-10PM)

As you walk along the boardwalk, take in the waterfront sunset views and enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres & cocktails. Visit with friends and experience a live art demonstration from local artist, Alex McLaughlin. At 7PM, gather by the outdoor stage for powerful stories, inspiring fundraising and live entertainment from Toronto-based singer/songwriter Nelson Sobral. In-person event takes place from 5PM-10PM. Tickets are $150 each. Buy your tickets now!

Virtual Experience (7PM-8:15PM)

Tune in to the event from the comfort of your own home! A short pre-show will begin at 6:50PM, before you join virtually with in-person guests for powerful stories, inspiring fundraising and live entertainment from Toronto-based singer/songwriter Nelson Sobral. Register now for FREE.


Joining virtually?

Here's the link to watch the event through your TV (recommended), home computer or mobile device.

Also, check out our virtual event program to browse through before you join in!

Buy your tickets to join us in person!


Our 2022 Co-Hosts

Dr. Samantha Nutt

Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker. A medical doctor and the founder of the international humanitarian organizations War Child Canada and War Child USA, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises – from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone to Darfur, Sudan. 

Dr. Nutt was named one of Canada’s 25 Transformational Canadians by The Globe and Mail, and has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She graduated summa cum laude from McMaster University, earned an M.Sc in Public Health with distinction from the University of London and holds a Fellowship in Community Medicine (FRCPC) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is further certified by the College of Family Practice and completed a sub specialization in women’s health through the University of Toronto as a Women’s Health Scholar. 

Dr. Nutt is a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto and is on the board of the David Suzuki Foundation.

Dr. Sara Lankshear

A nurse for over 35 years, Dr. Sara Lankshear obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree from Niagara University in 1982, Master of Education (M.Ed.) from Brock University in 1996 and PhD in Nursing from Western University in 2011.


Sara has been an educator for over 20 years, teaching in undergraduate and graduate programs – sharing her knowledge and passion for nursing. She joined the nursing faculty at Georgian in 2014 and became the Associate Dean – Nursing programs in July 2020. Dr. Sara Lankshear’s areas of research includes professional practice structures and roles, scope of practice, role clarity, and collaborative practice. She has extensive experience partnering with a wide variety of health-care organizations, including Georgian Bay General Hospital, who seek out her expertise and passion for creating systems-processes-practices that enable optimal professional practice and quality patient outcomes.

Sara is the Chair of the GBGH Foundation Power of Giving (POG) Gala Committee, past co-chair of the POG Virtual Gala Committee, and past chair of the Georgian Bay Pops Committee.


What To Wear (In Person)

This year's Power of Giving Gala aims to give guests a relaxing and inviting experience. The dress code can be described as attending a garden party or semi-casual wedding. While the basics stay the same, this is a great time to loosen up and get more adventurous with colors!


Make sure to plan your shoe choice accordingly, opting for some flats or wedges - you don't want to get your heel stuck in the boardwalk!

What To Wear (At Home)

This year's Power of Giving Gala aims to give guests a relaxing and inviting experience...and since you'll be watching from the comfort of home, pretty much anything goes! Don't be shy to break out the bunny slippers, cozy blankets or even a housecoat!  


Live Entertainment

Nelson Sobral is a guitarist, singer-songwriter based out of Toronto. Through the lens of soul, blues, country, and rock and roll, Sobral’s songwriting, paired with his magical and incomparable voice and guitar playing, is fit for any stage, any night of the week, any audience, anywhere. 

Proudly Sponsored by Georgian Radiology!

Learn more about Nelson here:


Meet Our Live Artist

Alexandra McLaughlin is a self-taught Canadian painter who’s current work is reflective of her connection with Georgian Bay. Using vibrant colour and layered brush strokes, she intuitively works her way through each piece until its depth and composition are reminiscent of this special place she calls home. Alex works from her home studio in Midland (or out on the islands), allowing her to maximize precious painting time and be the present mother she has always wanted to be.


“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support GBGH, as having a well supported, local healthcare system is truly essential to our community’s wellbeing. Having worked as a paramedic previously, I know first hand how rapidly the medical field evolves/improves and how beneficial it is to keep up with this development.” ~ Alex McLaughlin

See Alex's art and learn more here:

Proudly sponsored by LabX Media Group.

Layne, The Auctionista

We are thrilled to welcome back Layne, The Auctionista as our fundraising powerhouse!

Layne, The Auctionista is not your average auctioneer! Layne ignites the power of philanthropy with their signature high-octane, live fundraising style. A bold and entertaining “Philanthro-tainer”, Layne’s performance combines philanthropy with entertainment, equaling full-on engagement as an International Live Auction Performer and MC. To standing ovations and wild applause, Layne never disappoints a room!

Layne raises millions of dollars for charities every year and believes that “by inspiring giving, we make communities stronger”. Learn more.


Early Bird Registration Prize!

Our Early Bird Registration Prize is proudly sponsored by Perkinsfield Kitchen & Bath!

Everyone who registered before 11:59pm on Monday, August 1st, was automatically entered in the draw for a chance to win 2 'Unwasted' recycled plastic white lounge chairs (valued at $1,200!).

CONGRATULATIONS to Heather Barkley!

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GBGH Foundation
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