Date: April 17, 2021

Time: 6:30 pm -

The Gala is going VIRTUAL!

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What is a virtual gala?

A virtual gala is very similar to our traditional gala but, you do not have to leave the comfort of your home to join the fun!

The night will start at 6:30 pm and will by hosted by Tom Hayes. Come with us as we explore the wonderful country we live in - Canada! The evening will include special remarks, a delicious meal, entertainment & an online silent auction - live streamed to you at home, all in support of Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre!

Tickets: Deadline to order meals is April 6, 2021!

  • $95 - Includes one meal, one bottle of wine, a treat bag, door prize ticket and a $20 tax receipt
  • $170 Dinner for Two - Includes 2 meals, one bottle of wine, two treat bags, two door prize tickets, and a $40 tax receipt
  • $75 - Includes one meal, a treat bag, door prize ticket, and a $20 tax receipt (no wine)
  • $25 - Viewing only. No meal, wine, treat bag, or door prize ticket will be included with this option.

Meals will be available for pick up the day of the gala, April 17th, at either the Ajax Convention Centre or Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre. Heating instructions will be provided so that your meal is nice and hot when the gala begins.


  • Starter: Salad with mixed greens, pears, dried cranberries, pecans, and goat cheese with a Maple Dijon dressing
  • Entree: Canadian Cordon Bleu - Chicken breast stuffed with Swiss cheese and Montreal smoked meat with a thyme-Riesling demi-glace. Served with a seasonal vegetable medley and PEI potato wedges
  • Dessert: Apple Caramel Tart

Why Attend?

The proceeds from the Virtual Gala will support the programs and services offered (free of charge) at Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre – Durham Region’s ONLY cancer support centre. Hearth Place provides a comforting, home-like place for those dealing with a cancer diagnosis to receive support.  The support that Hearth Place provides is needed even more during these trying times. Individuals and families dealing with a life altering diagnosis of cancer are more isolated than they ever have been. Hearth Place provides a connection and a virtual "hand to hold" while we are all separated.

Purchase Tickets

Can't attend but you would still like to support? Make a donation to Hearth Place through the Virtual Gala today:

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Tom Hayes - Emcee

We are excited to have Tom Hayes, anchor/reporter/award-winning journalist, back for a second year as the emcee for the evening!

Tom is an international award-winning news journalist. He has been an anchor, reporter, producer, and managing editor with CTV, CityTV, and Global News in Toronto. Tom and his wife, Lynne, are proud residents of the Durham Region.

With more than 30 years of experience in news, Tom has won many accolades from his peers and awards from prestigious organizations. Tom is the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow International Award for storytelling and was instrumental in changing Ontario’s liquor laws through his investigative series on date rape. The provincial government declared the changes to the provincial liquor laws as “The Hayes Amendment”.

Tom Hayes

Jay Whiteley

Jay is a sommelier/assistant winemaker currently based in Prince Edward County. His love of wine started when he moved to Whistler and began working at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. He took his passion of wine and moved to the UK where he worked with the Gordon Ramsay group in a One and Two Michelin Star Restaurant, The Savoy Grill and Petrus respectively.

Jay later moved to Vancouver and was part of the opening team at Hawksworth restaurant. There he helped to create a multiple award winning wine program that drew from his years of experience in London and Whistler.

Later he moved to Toronto to be closer to family and take on new challenges in a larger market. There, he has been instrumental in building wine programs for different restaurant openings; Colette Grand Cafe, the reestablished Peter Pan Bistro as well as BlueBlood Steakhouse in Case Loma are among them.

But his love of production has found Jay back in the cellar in Prince Edward County, a small wine region on the north shore of Lake Ontario. He has worked two vintages at Trail Estate and one with The Grange of Prince Edward County. Yet he still spends evenings in hospitality at Flame + Smith restaurant in Bloomfield.

Recently, his love of native Italian Grapes has led Jay to study under Ian D’Agata and is currently one of four educators in Canada of Ian’s 3iC school.

He has written in publications such as Eat Magazine and Good Food Revolution.

Saturday Night Superstars

We are excited to show a special guest performance from the Saturday Night Superstars. The Saturday Night Superstars have performed at our annual gala for five years and always get everyone up and dancing and having a good time!

Saturday Night Superstars is a 5-piece band from Toronto, Ontario playing songs from the 1960s to today’s best hits. While their members are varied in background, they have collectively over 100 years of experience on stage entertaining thousands.

Saturday Night Superstars


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