Gala Gratitude! Crossroads Gala 2020.

August 20, 2020

8.20.2020 Printed Program in downloadable format!

Printable Event Program

This year, for the first time, we’re happy to be able to share our beautiful Gala program with you! Just click on the document above to download and view. You can print it out, as well.

Please note that we had already submitted it to the printer at the time of rescheduling our event from its original April date. An updated list of donors and supporters can be found here:

8.11.2020 We are happy to be able to share our Gala Presentation with you!

This is a YouTube video of the recorded portion of our presentation on Thursday night. We hope you enjoy it! There were 4 songs which might be muted due to copy-right issues, even though we are not monetizing our channel at all at this time. If so, you will still be able to hear Zac’s funny comments throughout, as per YouTube.

Thank you again for your support of Crossroads Center for Children!

8.7.2020 To all who supported this year’s Gala, thank you! Last night was a great success because of you!


Thank you for the Gala Love!

Check out our Gala follow-up blog post at More pictures and videos coming soon!

Posted by Crossroads Center for Children on Friday, August 7, 2020

Many, many thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy this special event to benefit Crossroads Center for Children! Funds raised by this event will help provide critical services to children from all over the region.

Don’t forget- the Auction is still going until Sunday, 8/9 at 2 pm. We are endlessly grateful to everyone who donated the fabulous items in this year’s auction! Also to our bidders, who appear to be having a wonderful time.  You can join our Facebook Gala Auction Group:

If you weren’t able to attend this year, here’s a little recap for you:

This year’s gala venue was River Stone Manor. We are thankful to Angelo “Skip” Sgarlata and his crew for doing a fabulous job with the food and the set up for our in person components. Skip was wonderful to work with throughout the entire process of planning for our event and implementing it. He was flexible, patient, creative and abundantly accommodating with us. The food was phenomenal. He also made the weather perfect for us! What a blessing to not have had to deal with past Tuesday’s weather!  

Dessert was provided in the form of cookies compliments of The Cock ‘n Bull Restaurant and Downtown Dough. The Cock ‘n Bull put together family packs for our couples and large groups, and Downtown Dough took care of our single guests. Let it be known that people were demonstrating many signs of excitement and delight about the cookies alone!

The presentation was held on Zoom, and while many attended last night, we are hopeful to put up a recording of the presentation here for everyone as quickly as possible. Many, many thanks to each participant in the iMovie aspect of the presentation, especially Heather Morrison and DJ Zac Barr who added a great deal of excitement! By the way, this was Zac’s 11th year in a row of donating his time to provide music for the Crossroads Gala.

One of the Crossroads Gala highlights each year is seeing the dedicated employees receive recognition for meeting milestone years of service. This year, five employees were honored. Congratulations to Laura Sgambelluri for 10 years with Crossroads, and to Audra Slingerland, Michelle Grignon, Melissa Zager, and Megan Defiores for 5 years.  Kelly Young spoke about each as she presented them with a plaque, and each of these women then spoke briefly in return. 

Crossroads honored the Friesens this year for their exceptional service and dedication to the school, and Kelly Young talked about how much Jessica and Stewart have contributed to the school.

Check out the gallery below! These were taken at the River Stone Manor and at people’s homes last night. We’ll be posting more pictures and videos here as we get them! Please send yours to   To save your picture, just right click on it, choose “save image as”, and select your preferred location to save it to. Team members, the standies are now at school! If you’d like to take your picture behind one, make your way to the business office suite. 

Special thanks to our sponsors, honorary committee, ticket holders, and item donors for making this event great again! And a very grateful shout out to this year’s Gala Committee for their beautiful energy and positive efforts at every step: Cindy Barkowski, Kelly Young, Jenn Sandshaw, Shavonne Sanders, Kathy Desbiens, Morgan Sylvester, Morgan Glassett, Alissa Paratore, Alicia West and Vicki Ramotar. 

There were so many people who helped in so many ways. Please know that even if not mentioned in this post, we very much appreciate your contribution.

We are so very grateful to everyone! Please see this link for a list of sponsors, donations and advertising!

2020 Dare To Be Different Sponsors | Honorary Committee | Donors


Were you there? If you post pictures to your social media, please use the hashtag #CrossroadsGala! You are also welcome to share them to our Facebook page if you wish.  Thanks! 


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