Laugh Out Loud in Leaside now its in 11th year and is spearheaded by the tireless efforts and infectious enthusiasm of Charlene Kalia, a local real estate agent and Leaside resident. 

 

 

 

Charlene and her team have proven that truly great things are possible when minds and hearts come together to achieve a common goal.

 

For the past ten years a community laid the foundation, raised the funds and executed the plan to ultimately unveil a new ice pad in Leaside. One of the hallmarks of that fundraising campaign was “Laugh out Loud in Leaside”, a comedy night, which raised over $130,000 for the rink project.  This special evening of laughs and entertainment has become an instant hit, quickly selling-out each year.

 

 

 

After the arena building project was complete, “Laugh out Loud in Leaside” remains a strong and vibrant event. Its goal remains that of a fundraiser for important community causes. The committee felt it was time to focus and bring awareness to other local causes. So, in tandem with several local residents, Lara Neal, Selby Copeland, Alison Rockwell and Christina Snelson, the fundraising focus has shifted to several initiatives including  New Circles, The Maddy Project, Community Food Centres and Moorelands Community Services. 

 

 

In an era of deficit-riddled governments and widespread budget cuts, it is undoubtedly more important than ever to tap into novel ideas and new sources of funding especially when it concerns realizing important community goals. The involvement of private monies usually signals greater accountability and a more stringent, efficient pathway to the end goal, whether that be a new rink or a new start for someone struggling to find work, hope and access to food.

 

 

 

 The 11th annual “Laugh Out Loud in Leaside” is set to take place on March 6th 2020. All funds raised this year will be directed to Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC), a national nonprofit that builds health, belonging, and social justice in communities across Canada through the power of food. We build health, belonging and social justice in low-income communities across Canada through the power of food. There belief is good food can be a transformative force in low-income communities, so they build vibrant, financially stable Community Food Centres that offer high-impact food programs in welcoming community spaces that bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food.

 

Tickets will go quickly for this fabulous night of fun, laughter and great food! 

 

 

We are proud to have returning sponsors Lexus On The Park, Outline Financial, Grilltime, Neal Brothers Foods, Everlasting Moments, Amsterdam Brewery, Little Buddha, and Chestnut Park Real Estate a few other surprises also await, as do a silent and live auction, Yuk Yuks comedy and live music. 

 

 

For more details, tickets or to contribute to the auction, please connect with Charlene Kalia at charlene@charlenekalia.com. Together, we can continue this success story within our community.

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