Yosvani Castenada

Celebrating the 49th year in operation, Street Haven’s fundraising event, “Gala of Light”, helped to shine a light once again on homeless and marginalized women in need in Toronto.

Taking place on May 15th at the Spoke Club on King West, this year’s annual Gala of Light featured a wide selection of silent auction items along with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Entertainment for the evening included electric violinist Yosvani Castaneda and DJ Lissa Monet.

MP Olivia Chow spoke about the importance of helping these women in need.

Olivia Chow

Olivia Chow

Congrats to Street Haven on another fundraiser.

Photo booth

Photo booth

Street Haven serves the 1,400 marginalized and homeless women in Toronto.


The goal of Gala of Light is to raise money to support Toronto women in crisis situations (homelessness, addiction issues, women who have been abused and women who suffer from mental illness). Street Haven provides these women with shelter, food, counseling, and even job training. These efforts are made possible by volunteers of the organization but require help from the people of our city who recognize social issues and who want to play an instrumental role in making changes and reducing the amount of homeless women in our city. The Gala of Light aims to raise awareness of these social issues affecting less fortunate women of Toronto and continue to provide these fundamental tools for a brightened future.

For more info visit www.streethaven.com or on Facebook here.

Photos by Nick Lee

Also check out photos from last year’s Gala of Light at The Fifth Social


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