Written by Andrea Gunraj, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications

Home for Life 2016
Colin and Justin (“Game of Homes” and “Cabin Pressure”) host Home for Life

Eva’s Home for Life, our annual home-themed auction fundraiser presented by Scotiabank, was held on June 9 at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto. The house was packed and buzzing, but we all want to know if this event was a true success. Here are the signs of positive impact we’re so thrilled about.

1. $192,500 was raised for shelter and programming.
Home For Life 2016
A packed house at Home for Life 2016

You made it happen! These funds will go to the provision of shelter and basic needs for youth residents at Eva’s facilities. They will also support programming for residents including camping, outings, and other health and wellness initiatives. These are activities every young person should be able to do over the summer, and because of your generosity, Eva’s residents will get a chance to enjoy them. Thank you!

2. Support begat public awareness.
Colin and Justin addressing Home for Life on Breakfast Television
Colin and Justin addressing Home for Life on Breakfast Television

We are grateful for the wonderful support from sponsors, donors, volunteers, and attendees, not to mention our hosts, design duo and television personalities Colin Lewis McAllister and Justin Patrick Ryan. Great support has a way of cumulating into new public awareness opportunities. Just check out pre-event coverage in the Toronto Star, on Breakfast Television, and on CHUM FM’s Roger and Marilyn, as well as downtown Toronto billboards provided by Cieslok Media.

3. Our “My Toronto” Youth Photography Exhibit was a hit.
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Photo by Ricky, youth photographer at Eva’s

Home for Life marked the public debut of some images from our “My Toronto” Youth Photography Project, designed to showcase perspectives of urban space through the lenses of youth experiencing homelessness. Eleven images were curated for display and were available for purchase, proceeds of which went to youth photographers themselves and Eva’s work. Every single photograph sold—some multiple times over through the ordering of prints! (More to come on this incredible project.)

4. Great design led the way.
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Ryerson Design Liaison and Mason Studio representatives with design student winner

We received stellar auction donations from designers, artists, and furniture and lighting retailers. Many of these lovely home items were set up in virtual rooms created by Ryerson School of Interior Design students, and Mason Studio representatives chose a winning design. What a delight to witness the winning designer’s joy at receiving the honour!

5. We had a ton of fun!
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“Heads and Tails” bracelet game

From the “heads and tails” bracelet game to win a trip courtesy of Air Canada Foundation to the rush of a live auction and enjoying scrumptious food and drink, the event was a lot of fun. Fundraisers of this scope are never a simple undertaking, but all in all, we believe it was worth it and we were encouraged by the spirit and hope in the room to turn the tide on youth homelessness. Thank you for attending, donating, sharing the word, and being such great friends of Eva’s!

More Home for Life pictures …

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