Cancelled – The Villa Gala 2020

March 20, 2020

Dear XX,

After consultation with St. Joseph’s Health System, the Villa Executive team, the Villa Foundation Board and Joe & Enza Mancinelli, and the most up-to-date information from our health officials, we are writing to share with you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Villa Gala. When we consider the safety and security of the most vulnerable in our community and the residents and families that the Villa serves on a daily basis, we know that you understand that this was not an easy choice, but the right choice.

Thanks to your generosity and enthusiastic support, this year’s event was building to be the most successful gala in our history. We now look forward to accomplishing this is 2021.

Now, more than ever, your support matters. The Villa Gala is our largest fundraising event. This cancellation will have an impact on our annual fundraising goals and affect our ability to meet the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of Villa residents in long-term care, community seniors and patients and families of Margaret’s Place Hospice at St. Joseph’s Villa.

I’m proud to share with you that Enza and Joe will continue as Honourary Chairs for the 20th Annual Villa Gala on Friday April 30, 2021 at Liuna Station. Irene O’Byrne will also continue as Gala Committee Chair. We will look forward to celebrating together.

We’re fortunate to have a unique opportunity to be part of creating positive impact in our community, during this unprecedented moment that we are living. In caring for the most vulnerable in our population, the Villa has shown tremendous leadership in implementing early screening, pandemic protocols, embracing social distancing and curtailing their large group events and meetings in an effort to be proactive. While we help them by making shifts in our own lifestyles and practicing precautionary measures, we stand with our front-line team and Villa administration. We applaud their efforts and we continue to support their mission of service.

Together we can make a difference. We look forward to celebrating with you at one of our other upcoming events and at the Villa Gala 2021.


Don Davidson

President & CEO
St. Joseph’s Villa Foundation

David P. Curto

Board Chair
St. Joseph’s Villa Foundation

Enza & Joseph Mancinelli

Honourary Gala Chairs
VP & Regional Manager, Central & Eastern Canada
Laborers’ International Union of North America



THANKS to your tremendous support and friendship, we broke records we only dreamed about!

On April 26, 2019, we wined, dined and entertained the most energetic, passionate, community-focused leaders in our community, who helped us to celebrate the Villa’s 140th anniversary of caring for the most vulnerable among us.

Our Honourary Gala Chair Mr. Dino Trevisani, was joined by His Excellency Bishop Douglas Crosby, Dr. Tom Stewart, The Honourable Filomena Tassi and Gala Committee Chair Irene O’Byrne and a sold-out crowd for an evening of reflection & inspiration! 

We surpassed our goals, thanks to your commitment, generosity and love for St. Joseph’s Villa residents, future patients of Margaret’s Place Hospice at St. Joseph’s Villa and seniors in our community who rely on St. Joseph’s Villa!


Join us next year for the 19th Annual St. Joseph’s Villa Foundation Gala!

Friday April 24, 2020 ~ Liuna Station

Honourary Chair ~ Joe Mancinelli

2019 Photo Recap

Vive La Villa

A sold-out, record-breaking success!

Celebrating our Foundation’s 40th anniversary, guests flooded Liuna Station in support of St. Joseph’s Villa for a soirée with all the style, flair and romance of Paris in springtime.

The evening was presented by long-time friends of the Villa Foundation, Taylor Steel. His Excellency, Bishop Douglas Crosby, Honourary Gala Chair, gave warm and deeply heartfelt remarks about the legacy that the Villa continues in our community and our exciting future of in caring for individuals and families with the opening of our new hospice in the fall of 2019. Maureen Ellis, our President & CEO, ignited the audience with her passion and powerful words of inspiration.

Past board members, political dignitaries, Villa staff, corporate partners, members of the medical community and friends of the Villa shared this historic moment and reflected on the impact and importance of caring for seniors during a commemorative video created by the talented team at Greening Marketing.

Gala Committee Chair Irene O’Byrne and her committee created an enchanting and unforgettable experience for guests. And there were a few surprises!

Our live auction nearly doubled in revenue thanks heated and nail-biting bidding wars over once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Proceeds of the live auction go directly to support our hospice at St. Joseph’s Villa

The high-end, designer gifts featured in our silent auction and raffle delighted the imagination.

The multi-talented award-winning John Ellison and his band entertained our crowds and had them dancing until well after midnight.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, supporters and friends.

Most especially, we would like to recognize our major sponsors:

Taylor Steel & Taylor Chrysler Dodge, LiUNA Ontario Provincial District Council, LiUNA Local 183, AstraZeneca, CARSTAR, KPMG, Mathews Dinsdale LLP, Medical Pharmacies, Diocese of Hamilton, First Ontario & McCallum Sather Architects.

Thank you to Ancaster Mill & Pearle Hospitality, Barry’s Jewellers, Chef Mel & Chantal Chamberland, Dino Trevisani & Ainsley Kerr, Kevin Martin Jewellers, Myles Travel Plus, Philip Lowry, Quatrefoil Restaurant, Sims Advertising, Via Rail, Vlasta Cameron, WestJet Airlines and many more!

Plans have already begun for 2019. This is one gala you won’t want to miss!

2018 Photo Recap