Mayor Hazel McCallion addresses a crowd of 1,100 attendees at her Retirement Gala on September 27th 2014.

Mr. Jim Murray, President The Hazel McCallion Foundation for the Arts, Culture and Heritage announced that the proceeds from The Thank's Hazel Gala will be donated to the Community Foundation of Mississauga to build "Smart and Caring Communities" in response to the Governor General's challenge to build a "Smart and Caring Nation. The Mississauga Community Foundation has been energized to imagine opportunities which are innovative, inclusive and offer sustainable ways for communities to become more vibrant places to live, work and play for children and youth.

The 25th Annual Mayor's Gala - 2011

During the 25th Annual Mayor's Gala, Mayor Hazel McCallion announced that the 2011 event would be the last. However, a new gala was spawned from the experience of the past 25 years and would be operated by the Living Arts Centre and called the Hazel McCallion Gala for the Arts.

In making the announcement, Mayor McCallion added:

"Since the Gala's inception, this premier social event has raised over $4 million dollars for arts, culture and heritage initiatives in our community and for that I am extremely proud. This event has had a great run. Twenty five years of wonderful memories. The Mayor's Gala achieved it's incredible success because of you, our patrons, volunteers and sponsors. I will be forever grateful for your support."

For further information on the Hazel McCallion Gala for the Arts, please contact:

Ron Lenyk
CEO, Living Arts Centre
Tel: 905-330-9441
email: ron.lenyk@livingarts.on.ca