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Ottawa’s philanthropic leaders set to gather for BGC Ottawa Morning Social on May 16

Published on:
May 14, 2024
May 14, 2024

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024 (Ottawa)BGC Ottawa, previously known as the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, will host the 15th edition of its Morning Social on Thursday, May 16. The long-standing breakfast event, which gets underway at 7 a.m. at the Taggart Parkes Family Clubhouse, will see community groups, local businesses and philanthropic leaders from across the city gather to raise funds for the Club’s life-changing programs and barrier-free services.

“The Morning Social is an exciting, uplifting and entertaining morning that is sure to inspire every person in attendance,” said Adam Joiner, Chief Executive Officer of BGC Ottawa. “Guests will get to see first-hand the incredible impact they are having in our community, and the thousands of lives they have touched, through heart-felt stories, program spotlights and a wonderful video that takes you inside the Clubhouse and beyond.”

Hosted by Board Member Jock Climie and CTV Ottawa’s Jackie Perez, the live and curated program is set to feature BGC Ottawa’s award-winning youth-serving program Walk This Way, generations of BGC Ottawa alumnus making a difference at the Club, and inspiring testimonials from volunteers, staff, supporters, donors, parents and Members who together make-up the BGC Ottawa Family.

This year’s theme, Family Ties, can hold different meanings to different people, but in the BGC Ottawa community and to donors, it signifies a sense of belonging, support and unity. And to the children and youth that visit the Club, it can mean the world.

BGC Ottawa is aiming to raise $600,000 for operating expenses that allow the Club to provide life-changing programs and barrier-free opportunities to thousands of children and youth throughout Ottawa. To achieve its goal, BGC Ottawa needs the community’s help.

“Your support of BGC Ottawa helps nurture community bonds, fostering a familial atmosphere, and leaving a lasting legacy of support and compassion within the community, empowering children, youth and families to thrive,” said Morning Social Chair, Dr. Setareh Ziai. “Together, we can build a strong foundation of connection and care, ensuring that every individual feels valued and supported on their journey toward success.”

Though registration is now closed, business and philanthropic leaders, Club alumni, friends and those looking to make an impact in the community can still provide a charitable gift. By donating today, supporters will help fund free services and programs that build the next generation of young leaders in our city. They can also bid on fabulous experiences and packages through BGC Ottawa’s Online Auction to help raise money that will directly benefit children and youth in Ottawa.

For more information on the BGG Ottawa Morning Social, including a timeline of events, please visit

Members of the media looking to attend the networking and fundraising event are asked to contact Amanda Nigh (, BGC Ottawa’s Senior Manager, Communications and Events.

BGC Ottawa extends its utmost gratitude to its Morning Social sponsors:

For more information, please contact:
Amanda Nigh | She/Her
Senior Manager, Communications and Events
BGC Ottawa

About BGC Ottawa:

For more than 100 years, BGC Ottawa has provided children and youth with a safe place between the realities of home life and the pressures of school – a place of positivity and belonging where they can play, create and learn what it takes to become their best selves.

As one of Ottawa’s largest child and youth-serving charitable organizations, BGC Ottawa provides free life-changing programs and services to thousands of young people each year. The Club serves 31 neighbourhoods through its Neighbourhood Ambassador Program, operates four Clubhouses located throughout the city, a satellite location in Kanata and Camp Smitty, our overnight camp in Eganville.

We provide safe, supportive places where all kids and teens, of all backgrounds, can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, and develop confidence and skills for life. From anti-racism to Reconciliation to 2SLGBTQ+, food security to scholarships to job readiness, our Clubs battle systemic issues with systemic solutions – equity, acceptance, support, opportunity.


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