Gala FAQ

Some Frequently Asked Questions about the Gala - click the question to see our response.

Where and when is the Gala? 

The Gala is held on Saturday March 14, 2020 in the York Ballroom at the RBC Convention Centre.  It is in the new section, but please enter in the 'old' Convention Centre entrance on the north side of York.


What time does it start?


Cocktails and Prosecco bar at opens at 5:45 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30.  (timing is subject to change - check your ticket for confirmation)

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Who are "Sons and Daughters of Italy?" 

Sons and Daughters of Italy, Garibaldi Lodge is a Winnipeg organization devoted to the celebration of Italian heritage, community service and charitable good works.  The Gala is the biggest event we host, but we provide service to the community throughout the year.

What's for dinner?


Great food is always a hallmark of any Sons and Daughters of Italy event. This year's menu is amazing:

AntipastoProsciutto di Parma, Genoa salami, capicollo, artichokes, roasted peppers, olive medley and provolone cheese with mixed field greens and grilled eggplant brushed with extra virgin olive oil

InsalataBaby Artisan Greens, Cucumber Ribbon, sliced red Onions, roasted Sweet Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes and Fresh Basil, Dressed with a White Balsamic, Lemon & Basil Vinaigrette Garnished with Radish Micro Greens and finished with a Prosciutto Chip

Primo PiattoLasagna verdi garnished with a fresh leaf of basil

Secondo PiattoGrilled Rosemary, Garlic & olive oil rubbed Filet of Beef Tenderloin with a Bordelaise Sauce, Arancini on a bed of marinara sauce.  Buttered Broccolini, Roof top Honey glazed matchstick Carrots & Sautéed Mushrooms

DolceCoconut Surprise Gelato Chocolate Lace, Fruit Coulis Garnish & Whipped cream

Coffee and tea

Premium red and white wines that seem to never stop

Espresso and Pastry Bar

Special Requests
If you have a food allergy, please let us know as special meals are available for those who are vegetarian, gluten intolerant, etc.

(menu is subject to change)

Is this a fundraiser?

This year's Gala is to benefit a

fantastic charity.  You will see the result right at the Gala -- we will present them with a large cheque (literally as well as figuratively) at the end of the evening, so help them carry on their wonderful and important work in Manitoba.

How can I pay?

We accept secure online payments for tickets, sponsorships and advertisements in our dinner program.  If you need to pay by a corporate cheque, you can print an order form from our download page and send it to us.  Once purchased, there are no refunds.

Who is the Keynote Speaker?

No keynote speaker -- this year's Gala will feature the comedy of Italian-Canadian Frank Spadone as he pokes fun at his Italian upbringing.  Guaranteed fun!

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Will there be dancing?

YES!  The dance floor will be full, moving to the grooves from DJ Anto from the 5 O'Clock Energy Mix on Energy 106.1 FM.  Bring your dancing shoes. 

Don't dance?  No problem, you can chat at your table while listening to the music or you can indulge at our espresso and pastry bar in the lobby, while listening to relaxing music.


What should I wear?

It is a formal Gala evening.  Some gentlemen will be wearing tuxedos, and some ladies long gowns so you will fit in if this is what you choose.  Business formal dress is also appropriate: suit and tie for men, and dress for women.  Check out

photos from past events for an idea of what some have worn.

Where can I park?

There is street parking around the RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre, but perhaps easiest is to park in the RBC Convention Centre parkade.  It is warm and secure, and many leave their coats in the car and take the elevator up to the main floor.  Access to the parking lot is southbound on Carlton Ave.  


How can I support your charity?

We hold a raffle at the event featuring a $10,000 cash first prize and $5,000 cash second prize and an Apple iPad for third prize.  Tickets are $100 or three for $250 and can be purchased at your table with cash or credit card. 

We also have a live auction that moves along quickly, but has some amazing prizes to bid on!

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