30th Annual Sons of Italy Gala - 2016  

Order Sons of Italy, Garibaldi Lodge held its 30th Annual Gala Dinner on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre.

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

Attendees enjoyed a welcoming reception, and outstanding five course dinner, fine wines, engaging (and short) presentations, a keynote address from Police Chief Devon Clunis, and wonderful music by the Amici Band that had the dance floor full. 

Want to relive the 2016 gala?  Check out our complete photo gallery.

It's About Giving to the Community

The WPS Endowment Fund has been designed for the advancement and enrichment of underserved and at-risk families and children. The goal of the Endowment Fund is to subsidize recognized projects within the community, which support the Winnipeg Police Service vision of creating a culture of safety.
Police Chief Devon Clunis spoke eloquently about his vision for the city and how he sees the WPS Endowment Fund helping to build a better community.

Entrepreneur of the Year: 
Mr. Louie Tolaini

We were pleased to present the 2016 Canadian Italian Business Professionals Association (CIBPA) award for the Entrepreneur of the Year to Mr. Louie Tolaini, CEO of TransX Group of Companies.  

This award is presented annually to a local businessperson of Italian descent who has excelled in their business.  

We again congratulate Mr. Tolaini on this prestigious and well deserved award.

Thanks to our Sponsors

If you or your organization would like to support this event, please check out our Sponsorship Opportunities.  Getting involved as a sponsor not only gives you some tangible benefits, it allows you to be one of our partners in bettering our community.  When you see the big cheque being presented, you will know that you had a part in that.

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

The 30th Annual Sons of Italy Gala is presented by:


Gala 2016 in Pictures

Chief Devon Clunis addresses the crowd

Mr. Louie Tolaini is presented the CIBPA award for Entrepreneur of the Year by Franco Petrelli (SOI President) and Tom DeNardi (SOI Vice President)

A cheque for 410,000 is presented to the Dante Alighieri Cultural Society of Winnipeg, represented by Reno Augellone (far right), President.  Presenters are (l-R): Tom DeNardi, Dino Petrelli, Franco Petrelli and Vince Barletta, all of Sons of Italy.

Cheque presented by Sons of Italy members to Winnipeg Police Service Endowment Fund, accepted by Police Chief Devon Clunis.

A full gallery of pictures from the 2016 Gala can be found here.

Order Sons and Daughters of Italy, Garibaldi Lodge

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