On Oct. 2, Cornerstone Housing for Women will host its third annual Purple Tie Gala fundraiser, which will be broadcast virtually again this year.
The gala is Cornerstone’s most important fundraiser of the year. Tickets for last year’s event, which was the first virtual gala, sold out and the event raised $73,000 to help Cornerstone cope with increasing expenses related to the pandemic, housing and program supports.
“It was incredible to see the community come together to raise money for vulnerable women in Ottawa, amid the most challenging year,” says Sarah Davis, Cornerstone’s executive director. “This past year has been like no other. Women needing shelter more than doubled, we had to move our shelter twice throughout this pandemic, and there was increased feelings of isolation and mental health challenges for women. We know hope, healing and more housing options are possible with your support.”
Organizers encourage people to gather their friends and family together to watch the one-hour show on Rogers TV (Channel 22, 7 p.m.) or streamed on Cornerstone’s Facebook page, and to glam it up.
“Purple dresses, purple ties, purple hair, anything goes, says gala co-host Joseph Cull.