Spark Fundraising Gala

Photo: Elamin Abdelmahmoud

Spark Fundraising Gala

Thursday February 29th, 2024

We invite you to join us for a truly inspiring evening at our upcoming gala, Spark: An Evening of Creativity and Imagination.

Join business leaders, philanthropists, community builders, and library lovers as they connect with authors, performers, artists, and innovators – all in support of raising funds for the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library. Spark is a celebration of the power of community, creativity, and innovation to ensure capacity increases for essential programs across Innisfil.

Keynote Speaker Announcement: We are honoured to present our keynote speaker, Elamin Abdelmahmoud, acclaimed author of Son of Elsewhere and the charismatic host of CBC Radio’s Commotion

Elamin is a Sudanese-Canadian, and reflects on his experience of immigrating to Canada as a 12 year old in his bestselling memoir, Son of Elsewhere. He is a pop culture writer whose work has been featured in Globe and Mail, MacLean’s, Rolling Stone, and others. 

Wine Tasting & Book Pairing: In addition to our keynote speaker, your Spark tickets will include Book & Wine Pairings, featuring three outstanding Canadian authors:

  • Thea Lim, author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted An Ocean of Minutes
  • Farah Heron, renowned for her heartwarming and witty romantic comedies for both adults and young adults, including titles like Jana Goes Wild, Accidentally Engaged, Tahira in Bloom and How to Win a Breakup.
  • Hannah Mary McKinnon, a bestselling author known for gripping thrillers like The Revenge ListOnly One Survives, and Never Coming Home, as well as her lighter rom-coms under the pen name Holly Cassidy.

Art Slam: Be mesmerized as local artists Jeanette Luchese and Maria Kelebeev paint live during the event! Seize the chance to bid and take home one (or both!) of their outstanding pieces.

Music by Jazz-Mandhu: Led by bassist Robin Munro, the members of Jazz-Mandhu have been entertaining audiences for decades. Saxophonist Russ Strathdee is renowned throughout central Ontario for his animated, joy filled approach to music performances. Guitarist Keith Boddy is an ever inventive soloist and accompanist. Collectively, Jazz-Mandhu presents and an eclectic mix of familiar Jazz Music & Swinging Blues.

Spark will celebrate the power of community, creativity, and innovation, all while raising funds for essential programs in Innisfil. Support from this event will directly benefit the community allowing the Library to do more. More programs. More events. More connections.

Location: Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, Lakeshore Branch, 967 Innisfil Beach Rd., Innisfil

Time: 7pm-10pm

Tickets are $125 each and are now on sale! You can purchase tickets online here.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To discuss how you can “Be the Spark” and become a sponsor or explore in-kind support options, please feel free to contact us. Email partner (at)