Annual Bishop’s Dinner Provides Support to Community Organizations

The 20th Annual Bishop’s Dinner for Community Needs held on October 13, 2023 raised over $25,000 for local community organizations.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bishop’s Dinner, this year the Wellington Catholic District School Board returned to an in-person event after two years of hosting virtual fundraisers in response to the pandemic. Over 200 people attended the event to share friendship and to support those in need within our community.

This year’s event offered participants the opportunity to make bid on auction items, hear from Wellington Catholic DSB students and the community organizations that the event supports, and enjoy a delicious dinner from the Italian Canadian Club.

"We were so thankful to be able to celebrate our 20th anniversary of this wonderful event and to bring it back in person this year.  Our deepest thanks to the many community members and organizations who provided much needed support to this year’s beneficiaries. The needs in our community are higher than ever, and without our generous supporters we would not be able to aid. These organizations, along with our school staff, are vital to the success of the event, as are the many attendees to the evening.  We know they make a difference in the lives of so many children and families in Guelph and Wellington and we thank them,” shared Vikki Dupuis, Chair of the Wellington Catholic DSB Board of Trustees.

Organizations receiving support from this year’s event include the Centre Wellington Food Bank, Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Guelph and Wellington County.

Generous donations from our community sponsors the Ontario English Catholic Teacher’s Association, Barzotti Woodworking, Linamar, St. Jerome’s University, McElderry and Morris, Old Quebec Street, Barry Cullen Chevrolet Cadillac, Jesuits of Canada, S.W. Irvine and Associates, King’s Western University, Miller Thomson, Woodrill, RWDI and Guelph Toyota, allowed for a successful fundraising event.

“We are so grateful to be a connection for our generous community sponsors with our local organizations and community partners through this event, the success of this event wouldn’t be possible without them,” shared Michael Glazier, Director of Education for the Wellington Catholic District School Board. “We appreciate our staff and the many community members who joined us for our return to an in-person event.”

Over the course of its 20-year history, the annual Bishop’s Dinner for Community Needs has raised over $775,000 for community organizations in need.

“We look forward to celebrating the Bishop’s Dinner next fall and continuing to build on the strong legacy of community support on issues such as food security, mental health, and access to programs for children,” shared Glazier.