About the dinner party

 

The Dinner Party is a major fundraiser to raise awareness and support for three important charities:  Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services Halton (SAVIS), Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan-Halton and Zonta International.  All profits raised through ticket sales, silent auction and 50/50 draw are solely dedicated to supporting these three groups.  Since inception, The Dinner Party has raised approximately $320,500.

The great sense of community surrounding this event is unparalleled, as it is attended by a diversified crowd, has a high profile and receives significant local media coverage.  Many attendees return year after year to enjoy the camaraderie and listen to speakers such as Michele Landsberg, Dr. Samantha Nutt, Sally Armstrong, Irshad Manji, Deborah Ellis, Sheila Copps, Nancy Riche, Paula Todd, Joy Warner, Shae Invidiata, Donna Kennedy, Mary Walsh and Tanya Tagaq.

This successful annual event is solely organized by dedicated and hardworking volunteers.  They are responsible for event management, donations and sponsorship outreach, program development, ticket sales, silent auction, draw and publicity.  Many of the volunteers have been involved since inception.

History of the Dinner Party

 

The Women of Halton Action Movement (WHAM) began hosting The Dinner Party in honor of International Women’s Day (IWD) in 2003.  Zonta Club of Oakville became a partner in 2010.  This partnership has enhanced the quality of the Dinner Party through increased attendance and sponsorship.

The Dinner Party is now a gathering of over 600 people coming together to shine a light on important issues related to gender equality.  It is an entertaining, informative, fun, and affordable evening in celebration of IWD.

The Organizers

 

WHAM – Women of Halton Action Movement is a local, grassroots, nonpartisan, feminist lobby organization that has advocated since 1981 to improve the status of women locally, nationally, and internationally. WHAM is a member of AWH, Advancement of Women Halton, a collaborative of 23 groups supporting gender equality at all levels of government. Contact us at: 905 825-3622

 

Zonta Club of Oakville – Zonta Club of Oakville is part of a global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Zonta Club of Oakville has provided service to local and international charities since 1973.  We are a proud group of women who live in the community, enjoy good company, organize fun and informative events and participate in advocacy projects that help women worldwide.   The Zonta Club of Oakville is a member of AWH, Advancement of Women Halton, a collaborative of 21 groups supporting gender equality at all levels of government. For more information, please visit us at:  www.zontaoakville.org

The organizations that benefit from your generous support:

 

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan – Halton (formerly Canadians in Support of Afghan Women – CSAW) is a member-based, not-for-profit organization founded in 1996 with thirteen volunteer chapters across Canada. CW4WAfghan is a non-religious, non-political, federally registered charity. We believe that individuals, as global citizens, working in solidarity and with integrity of purpose and action, can affect positive change in the world through education and the promotion of social justice and human rights. Our goals are to advance education and educational opportunities for Afghan women and their families and to educate Canadians about human rights in Afghanistan. Donor funded projects fall within our two main field program areas: (1) Community Libraries and Literacy Programs; and (2) Investments in Public Education. Specific examples are; providing teacher training programs, adult home literacy programs, mini libraries and science kits for schools and developing online, open source teacher resources

Please visit us at:  www.CW4WAfghan.ca

 

SAVIS – Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services provides confidential and non-judgemental support to all survivors of violence, 365 days a year.  We are open to people of all ages and experiences – women, men and members of the transgender community.

SAVIS provides free one-on-one counselling appointments and group sessions through our programs in Acton, Burlington, Georgetown, Milton and Oakville.

Our Public Educators advocate against violence throughout Halton Region and promote prevention through community education.

Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton

NO NAMES, NO JUDGEMENT, JUST SUPPORT. Contact us at 905-825-3622  or visit www.savisofhalton.org

 

ZONTA INTERNATIONAL – Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Zonta International Service Program has provided training, education, health, sanitation, agricultural and micro-credit assistance to women, primarily through projects implemented by the agencies of the United Nations and other recognized non-governmental organizations.
Please visit us at: http://www.zonta.org

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