Dear Ancoura Residents, Volunteers, Supporters and Donors
I am writing to let you know that after careful consideration we have decided that, in the interests of public health and the well-being of our community, we must cancel the Ancoura Spring 2020 Gala Dinner that was slated for May 7th. We regret having to take this decision but believe it is prudent and in the best interests of all concerned in view of the developing situation concerning Coronavirus and the advice to limit social interactions given by the public health authorities.
We would like to inform you of a couple of other things at this time. First, we will be examining the possibility of proceeding with an on-line presentation by our guest speaker, Benjamin Leikin of Ottawa Public Health on or around that same date. Furthermore, technical practicalities permitting, we will also be investigating the holding of an on-line auction where folks may bid for various items and gifts which have been donated by our generous sponsors. We would envisage this auction running over several days or possibly a week to give folks a chance to revise their bids.
While we will obviously honor requests for refunds from those who have bought tickets to this year’s planned dinner, we do want folks to consider how much our residents depend on the generosity of our supporters and funders at this time. Another significant fundraising event upon which Ancoura relies – the Brain and Mental Health Art Show – has also been postponed in the last few days. We are a small not-for-profit charity, which does not receive core funding from any level of government, and which depends hugely on support from private donors and sponsors. These two cancellations alone entail a loss of revenue of approximately $30,000 which is critical to our operations. We rely on these community-style events to support our residents in stable, supportive housing situations and meet our modest overhead expenses.
Those who have already purchased a ticket will receive a $100 tax receipt corresponding to the full amount of the ticket. We are asking those who have not yet bought tickets for this year’s Gala to consider making as generous a donation as they can afford. In lieu of a dinner at this time, you will still be able to hear Benjamin Leikin’s talk, derive the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting vulnerable members of our community to maintain a stable and supportive housing situation, and receive a tax receipt.
These are challenging and unpredictable times for all Canadians at the moment and we want to say how grateful we are for your generous support of some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Ancoura, its residents, its Board Members, volunteers and staff thank you.
Please watch our website for further information in the coming days about our alternative arrangements.
We wish you all the best.