Sons and Daughters of Italy Gala 2020

Gala Postponed to October 3rd Virtual Event due to COVID-19

We are excited to present the first ever Sons and Daughters of Italy Virtual Event on Saturday, October 3, 2020. The 2020 SDOI Gala, in support of the Clan Mothers Healing Village, will feature greetings from our President, Berardino Petrelli, RBC Regional President Kim Ulmer, and various members of government.

This evening will acknowledge and celebrate our Heart of the Lion award winner, Gerry Lomonaco. We are also honoured to hear from individuals from our charity of choice, Clan Mothers Healing Village. Join us on October 3, 2020 as we offer our donation towards this deserving cause.

The event will be live streamed and posted to the Sons and Daughters of Italy website with more details to follow in July. We thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate these unprecedented times. We look forward to seeing you in the Fall! 

SOI Gala 2020 is presented by:

Our Featured Entertainer: Frank Spadone, Comedian

We are excited to bring to our 2020 Gala, the comedy of Frank Spadone! Frank talks about his upbringing in an Italian household in his acts, performing from LA to New York and across Canada.

Frank showed his comedic side early in life, imitating people and doing various accents. The first real test came when Frank was to imitate his high school principal at a pep rally in front of the whole school. Would he get a laugh? Would he get suspended? Talk about pressure! As it turned out, everybody loved it, including the principal.

He draws large crowds and his fans travel far and wide just to see him. His ability to leverage his audience has benefited and helped many, including Frank’s soft spot, children.

Frank credits his natural ability to two people: his maternal grandmother, Mama Teresa, who was quite the joker and extremely quick-witted, and his paternal grandfather, Papa Cheech, who was known for his storytelling ability. 

Frank Spadone on stage (1 min video, adult content)

Our 2020 Charity: Clan Mothers Healing Village

The 34th Annual Gala is in support of Clan Mothers Healing Village, a group of facilities that will provide mid-term to long-term support to women who have been victims of multi-generational trauma, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking as they begin their healing journey.

Clan Mothers will create an Indigenous model of healing and education focused on the restoration of our communities based on the matrilineal values and principles of their original self-governance systems.
Clan Mothers is committed to the creation of a contemporary, sustainable Healing Village governed by a distinctive Indigenous council (see aerial layout).

The heart and spirit of the Village is the resurgence of Indigenous methodologies and world views to heal the most important beings in communities across Canada, the mothers and daughters of the next generation.
Clan Mothers Objectives:

  1. To provide a safe and nurturing land-based healing environment for sexually exploited women and girls.
  2. To develop collaborative, innovative social enterprises that will sustain educate train and prepare our women for a healthy future.
  3. To have a knowledge centre that will facilitate the offering of programs through partnership
For more information on Clan Mothers Healing Village, please visit
Funds donated by the Sons and Daughters of Italy are allocated specifically to the Clan Mothers Healing Village Building Fund, to aid in the building of the Clan Mothers Healing Village. 

Honourary Chairs

Elder Mae Louise Campbell

Kristie Pearson-Pollard

Carmine Zirino

Heart of the Lion Lifetime Achievement Award

The Sons and Daughters of Italy "Heart of the Lion" Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has tirelessly given of themselves and has made significant contributions to the community. The "Heart of the Lion" Lifetime Achievement Award is a special honour bestowed by the Sons and Daughters of Italy, Garibaldi Lodge.

At this year's virtual event, Gerardo "Gerry" Lomonaco will receive the Sons and Daughters of Italy "Heart of the Lion" Lifetime Achievement Award!  Please join us in congratulating Gerry on this prestigious award.

Join With Us!

The 34th Annual Sons of Italy Gala is again presented by our title sponsor RBC.  Kim Ulmer and her team at RBC have been tremendous supporters of our Gala for a long time.  As Title Sponsor, they have for many years shown their commitment to Sons and Daughters of Italy, our Gala and to the wonderful charities we have supported.

We need your help too!  It is through the participation of our valued sponsors that we raise the money that we use to support this year's Charity of Choice.  We have a full range of options for your participation in what will be a very memorable 2020 Gala. 

Please check out our full list of last year's sponsors, and support them too, as they have supported us. 
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