Sons of Italy Gala - 2019

Order Sons of Italy, Garibaldi Lodge will hold its 33rd Annual Gala Dinner on Saturday, March 16, 2019 in the York Ballroom of the RBC Convention Centre.

Presented by RBC, this acclaimed event not only demonstrates the philanthropic spirit of Sons of Italy, but also the caring and giving that Winnipeggers, their businesses and leaders are known for. 

The 33rd Annual Gala is in support of The Bruce Oake Recovery Centre, a long-term, residential treatment centre for adult males suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. 

This year's Gala will feature a special performance by renowned illusionist Darcy Oake -- something you won't want to miss!

Attendees will enjoy a welcoming reception, an outstanding five course dinner, fine wines, engaging (and short) presentations, an amazing keynote address and wonderful music that has the dance floor full.  

SOI Gala 2019 is presented by:

Our 2019 Charity: Bruce Oake Recovery Centre

A Place for Recovery, Healing and a Foundation for Life

The Bruce Oake Recovery Centre operates as a registered not-for-profit organization, with charitable status and provides addiction treatment as well as the resources and skills necessary to successfully re-enter society. 

The Bruce Oake Recovery Centre is the first male only, addiction treatment facility in Manitoba to offer in-patient primary and secondary treatment, as well as, a post-treatment supportive living program. The program incorporates cognitive behavioural therapies, family systems therapy and life skills training. Employment and education are among the modalities employed to address the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of personhood and wholeness. 

The Bruce Oake Recovery Centre offers residential and day programs, providing tools that support behaviour change, now and in the future. Clients who want to make a change towards an abstinence-based lifestyle are accepted, regardless of background or ability to pay. 

Funds donated by the Sons of Italy are allocated specifically to the Bruce Oake Memorial Fund, to aid in the building of the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre.

A Night of Illusion

No keynote speaker ... you will be entertained with an extra special performance by Darcy Oake - Illusionist.

In 2014 and Darcy Oake, from Winnipeg, received the breakthrough of a lifetime – an appearance before 200 million viewers on TV’s Britain’s Got Talent. It was the birth of an electrifying new magician! He impressed both the judges and the audience, catapulting his star much higher than even he had believed possible.

In 2016 he made a guest appearance on America’s Got Talent proving once again that the impossible is possible and was further honoured to be a part of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebration where he performed before the Royal Family at a private dinner.  At Gala 2019, he will perform for us.

SOI Heart of the Lion Lifetime Achievement Award

The Sons 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 of Italy, Garibaldi Lodge.

At this year's Gala, Father Sam Argenziano will receive the inaugural Sons of Italy "Heart of the Lion" Lifetime Achievement Award!  Please join us in congratulating Father Sam on the prestigious award.

Joe Aiello - Master of Ceremonies

Joe Aiello was born and raised in Winnipeg and is one of the best known and loved radio personalities. Joe is currently a host on the Power 97 Morning Radio Show.

Outside of his career, he is a huge part of the community, doing a lot of charity work in the city, logging countless hours fundraising for many Manitoba based charities.

A Chance to Win $10,000 Cash

This year we will gave away cash!  Yes, the first prize on our raffle is $10,000 of cold hard cash!!  Second prize is a $5,000 cash prize.

Amazing Food!

Wondering what is for dinner this year?  Well, it is supposed to be a secret, but word has leaked out about the 2019 menu:

Antipasto and Italian salad,

Vegetarian lasagne,

Beef tenderloin with garlic rosemary mashed potatoes with asparagus and red peppers,

Cappuccino ice cream torte,


Premium wines that seem to never stop,

Espresso and Pastry Bar

Live Auction Fundraiser

We will again be having a live auction!  Get ready to raise your bidding arm as there are tremendous prizes up for auction: BMW lease, Hockey Night in Canada package, Convention centre dinner, Lazy Bear experience Churchill whales tour and more!

Click here to see the full details of the prizes available for the live auction

Thanks to our Sponsors!

The 33rd Annual Sons of Italy Gala will again be 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 of Italy, our Gala and to the wonderful charities we have supported.

We also with to thank the generous participation of many organizations and individuals who partner with us to make this event a great one, for everyone in the room and then continuing throughout the year through our support of this year's amazing charity. 

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



The pre-gala reception begins with white-glove service of Prosecco

E X Q U I S I T E   F O O D

Great food is always a hallmark of a Sons of Italy event

E S P R E S S O   B A R

The amazing Espresso and Pastry Bar will be buzzing after dinner

D R E A M   P R I Z E S

Our raffle featured a chance to win money: $10,000 cash and $5,000 cash!  We will have a short live auction with some great prizes

D A N C I N G   X   2

Two opportunities to dance.  In the hall plus in the reception area

B I G   D O N A T I O N

We will present a big cheque to our featured charity!

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