Gala For the Kids Raises $350,000

(CHATHAM, ONTARIO) – This past weekend, The Children’s Treatment Centre (CTC) Foundation of Chatham-Kent hosted the inaugural Gala for the Kids event at the Chatham Armoury, raising over $350,000.

“We are just so happy with the overwhelming success of our first Gala for the Kids.” says Mike Genge, CTC Foundation President. “We had an incredible night, and having Rotary Chatham announce their commitment to the Butterfly Build Campaign was the icing on the cake. Thanks again to all our sponsors, including our title sponsor TekSavvy, our donors and attendees, and Chatham Rotary for supporting our kids.”

Attendees at the first annual Gala for the Kids were immersed in an enchanted forest upon arriving at the Armory, with vines, golden butterflies and sparkling lights suspended from the ceiling. Throughout the evening guests had the opportunity to participate in a live and silent auction, experience a specialty crafted three-course meal from Chilled Cork and enjoy live music.

Community support is key to the ongoing success of the CTC and the CTC Foundation. A big highlight of the evening was the generous donation from the Rotary Club of Chatham of $250,000 towards the Butterfly Building Campaign.

“The Rotary Club of Chatham is thrilled to support the Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation in their new build,” said Jennifer Hill, Rotary Club of Chatham President. “Giving back to the community and supporting our local kids has always been a cornerstone of our club, and we are excited to continue this mission in supporting the CTC.”

One in five children in Chatham-Kent access services the CTC provides. The Butterfly Building Campaign supports the development of the new 55,000 sq. ft. facility to be built on McNaughton Ave. in Chatham.

The CTC Foundation started the new year with a refreshed vision for all its fundraising activities: For the Kids. All CTC Foundation events have been designed to ensure that the focus is on raising community awareness and funds to support CTC children and their families. The upcoming Run for the Kids on June 25 will be held in Rondeau Provincial Park, and is open to participants of all ages and abilities. This family friendly event will include a paved 200m and 5km route accessible for strollers, wheelchairs and wagons. More information can be found at

Pictured L-R: Greg Hetherington, Gala for the Kids MC, and Kevin Owen, CTC Foundation Vice-Chair

For more information, please contact:

Mike Genge, President

519-354-0520, ext. 266