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Kaleidoscope of Hope raises funds, awareness of youth mental health, substance abuse

Eighth annual soirée features live gospel singing, fire-breathing performances, stunning decor.

You could feel a warm glow of optimism at this year’s Kaleidoscope of Hope Soirée: Start A Fire as organizers shone a critical light on an often dark issue — youth mental health and teen substance abuse.

Some 500 attendees filed into the Infinity Convention Centre on Friday, escaping winter’s chill for a spectacular gala setting. From gospel singers belting out their music on stage to children cheering on guests and, later, joyfully parading around the room, there was so much to feel good about.

CTV Morning Live hosts Annette Goerner and Henry Burris co-hosted the evening with enough enthusiasm and energy to put any crowd at ease while Cameron Odam and Prabhjot Sumra were this year’s guest speakers.

The event committee also included residential interior designer Jennifer McGahanLinda Seguin-LawrenceMaria IglesiasMark ClatneyRuth Kemp and Ruckify founder and CEO Steve Cody and his wife, Natalie Cody.

Kaleidoscope of Hope co-founders Sharon Bosley House and her husband, Tony House, CEO of Corporate Hype, were back to co-chair their 8th annual fundraiser. Bosley House owns Avant-Garde Designs, which does the decor for such special events as the U.S. Embassy’s Fourth of July Independence Day celebration, the NAC Gala and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala. The company and its staff donate all their time and services to the gala.

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