Toronto's top social scene
Toronto's top social scene
There is no better time than the present to announce our incoming Crystal Ball Benefit Co-Chairs, Mr. Paul Godfrey, O.M., and The Hon. Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. The fundraising gala benefit to support the work of The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is quickly becoming Toronto’s top social scene.
The evening is slated to take place once again at Casa Loma on Wednesday May 24th, 2023, bringing together philanthropists and business leaders who champion human rights. A Canadian icon, Paul Godfrey is a Member of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario and an Honourary Doctorate. He is the Founder and Chairman of Postmedia; the former Chairman of the Ontario Gaming Corporation; Chairman of Metro Toronto; President & CEO of the Toronto Sun; President & CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays, and Rogers Centre. He serves as Honourary Chair of AGPI and sits on many boards including as former Chairman of RioCan (after serving there for 27 years), CargoJet, Bragg Gaming Group, among others.
The Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C., BA, MA, LL.M is currently in his third term as Mayor of Vaughan. He was an MP for 22 years as Minister of State - Finance, Minister of State - Science, Research & Development, and Chair of the Finance Committee. While he sits on the boards of many organizations including AGPI and chairs numerous initiatives, his greatest achievements are transforming Vaughan into a world-class city as well as successfully raising over $250 million for the Mackenzie Health hospital network in York Region. Mayor Bevilacqua’s Spirit of Generosity initiative has benefitted over 200 organizations whose mission is to bring about positive change to people’s lives.
Statement by AGPI’s President, Mark Teitelbaum: “We are humbled by the impactful leadership Mr. Godfrey and Mayor Bevilacqua bring to the organization as incoming chairs of AGPI's most important event of the year. As founding members of AGPI – Paul as its Honourary Chairman and Maurizio as one of its directors – humanity stands to benefit from their core passion to truly make the world a better place."
Statement by AGPI’s Founding Chairman and CEO, Avi Abraham Benlolo: “To grow and expand our reach, especially globally, we require financial resources to power the organization. On the heels of this past May’s incredible fundraising success, we are excited to have Paul and Maurizio continue pressing our path forward to expand our global impact."
AGPI's mission and mandate is to protect our future and defend our past by standing up to Antisemitism and intolerance and promote peace and universal human rights.
The world needs a moral compass now more than ever. We are a Canadian voice made up of a diverse leadership that stands up on the world stage to protect our future and safeguard our past.
The rising tide of Antisemitism is unimaginable nearly 80 short years after the Holocaust. It's growing on social media, on university campuses and in the public space. Defending Jewish communities at home and worldwide while standing up for Israel and against Holocaust distortion has never been as much of a priority as it is today.
Your partnership strengthens our effort and influence to fight Antisemitism and Holocaust distortion, defend Israel and promote universal freedom and human rights. These are turbulent times and it's important to defend our past and protect our future now more than ever.
We have been hard at work representing you around the world and here at home. Our educational programs and speakers series, workshops and the new Power of One exhibit are being booked by schools, police departments and the public at large as more and more people seek our guidance.
To influence the public at large, our organization continues to publish top quality opinion pieces through its Think-Tank Center while documenting issues concerning Israel and the Middle East, the Holocaust and Antisemitism and peace and democracy.
With your continued support, leadership and involvement, our efforts will grow year to year as we aspire to make the world a better place for everyone.
You can help us stand for these values by supporting the Crystal Ball Benefit. Thank you!
AGPI is a Canadian Global Charitable Organization that fights Antisemitism, hate and discrimination; Stands up for Israel - for freedom and Democracy; Defends the Memory of the Holocaust against Holocaust distortion and promotes human rights.