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Fundraising makes it possible for Anaphylaxis Canada to fund programs, services and research. Past efforts have supported the development of our website, the Canadian Anaphylaxis Registry, educational materials, programs and research. Our year 2001 efforts raised $120,000. We are challenged to increase this amount each year in order to keep pace with our expanding services.

The fundraising portfolio is multi-faceted. We currently run two annual events: the Gala "Faces of Anaphylaxis Dinner and Silent Auction" and the "Annual Golf Tournament". We also support fundraising initiatives of our members, such as the Children's Concerts in October 1999 and May 2001.

Our heartfelt thanks go to all of the committee members and their teams of vital volunteers who have made these events so successful.

The Faces of Anaphylaxis "Dream" Dinner and Silent Auction, March 2, 2002

Our fifth annual event was again a sold out success. The estimated profit appears to be in excess of $70,000. Congratulations and high praise to Heinz Siegenthaler who first created the event and has led it each year. Congratulations also to Heinz's committee and the volunteers who helped at the event. Chad Brincheski and his Banquet Staff, Corp. Exec. Chef Neal Noble and Chef Patrick Lin and their staff at the Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto also deserve high praise.

The following is one of many letters or calls of congratulations sent to Anaphylaxis Canada, following the event:

"On behalf of the Nestl� Team, I want to congratulate you for pulling together such a wonderful evening. From the venue, to the dreams at each place setting, to the food, to the speeches, this has to be the most well-organized, impactful events we've ever attended. Thank you so much. We hope that it helped raise necessary funds for Anaphylaxis Canada's important mandate."

We thank the following 2002 Dream Gala sponsors for their generous support

Family Tradition Foods Inc., France Delices and Jazz Dist., Nestl� Canada Confectionary Division, M.H. Beckett, Metropolitan Hotel

Cara Operations Limited Airport Services Division, Centennial Foods, Florida Produce, Gizella Pastry Ltd., Honeyman's Beef Purveyors, Osler, Hoskins & Harcourt, Parmalat Canada, QTG Canada Inc., Tiffany Gate Foods Inc., Vienna Meats Ltd.

Cara Operations Limited Swiss Chalet Division, Elmira Poultry Inc., Fresh Start Foods, Kraft Canada, Procter & Gamble, Shoppers Drug Mart

Ace Bakery, Agropur, CRFA, Delta Daily Food, Dessertcraft Food Products, Gelato Fresco, Holly Hill Properties Ltd, Lindt & Sprungli, Maison Gourmet Inc., Pasta International, Sheridan Specialties, Unilever Inc.

Invitation to Join - Volunteers Welcome

The letter 'd' in Anaphylaxis Canada's Fun'd'raising Committee should stand for the determined, dedicated, daring, and devoted dynamos who are part of it. I invite you to join. Help us to develop new strategies to meet the impressive future goals of Anaphylaxis Canada. Send an e-mail or call (416) 785-5666 and get involved with the Fun'd'raising Committee.

Marilyn Allen, Chair of Fundraising Committee.

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