Our Summer Bash is an annual summer celebration presented by the Investing in Children Foundation. It is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the organization, and the people and community partners who have helped make that success possible.
Each year's event features delicious food, silent and live auctions, draw and raffle prizes. The first Summer Bash (then known as Fun at the Frog) took place at the Barking Frog in 2004. Attended by over 100, the event toasted an outstanding year with a superb dinner and entertainment provided by Bandaloni. The festivities in 2005 included a silent auction and a live auction hosted by professional auctioneer Col. Christopher Bol and MCing by Chris McLeod of community partner Fresh FM. Prizes won through the silent and live auctions have included golf course greens fees, VIA Rail tickets, home decor items, family passes to local entertainment venues, one of a kind art items and much more. Fun at the Frog is a fun-filled evening, a fundraiser, and an opportunity to celebrate everything that Investing in Children accomplishes.
In 2009, Fun at the Frog was rebranded for our 10th Birthday Bash, and is now known as our Summer Bash.
London Gets Mugged
As part of our continued commitment to showcasing London as a creative City, Investing in Children hosts an annual fundraiser called “ London Gets Mugged”. Prominent members of our community decorate coffee mugs to reflect their own personal creativity using a variety of decorative paints and materials.
These mugs are on exhibit for one special evening in February at the Jonathan Bancroft Snell Gallery in support of our literacy initiatives. Guests vote to nominate London’s favorite mug as they sample a selection of exclusive wines with Michael Buck and test their luck in a 50/50 draw.
An Evening with Beauty and the Beast
Investing in Children's first theatre evening at The Grand Theatre featured the spectacular musical Beauty and Beast. Our families were joined by many others for this wonderful show and a special reception before the performance.
A special thank you to Custom Cuisine for providing an outstanding array of delicious treats.
Book Club Evening with Richard B. Wright
Investing in Children's Book Club Evenings bring A-list authors to London for an evening of wine, fine dining and insightful discussion with today's most compelling authors. Book clubs are invited to read the selected book and discuss it together, then come as a group to the evening to share their thoughts and questions with other Book Clubs and the author. Individuals are also welcome to join us. Perhaps they may even join or form their own Book Club!
Our first Book Club Evening in 2004 featured Richard B. Wright, author of Governor General's Award-winning Clara Callan and Adultery. More than 125 avid readers joined us for a wonderful evening that also featured a second hand book sale, with books being sold by the kilogram.
All money raised supported Investing in Children's Literacy based initaitives.
- Westmount Shopping Centre
Cherryhill Village Mall Used Book Sale
Investing in Children's Annual Used Book Sale has been cancelled this year. Thanks to Cherryhill Village Mall, our volunteers and many donors for your help and support over the years.
Hyde Park Rotary Golf Tournament
From 2005-2007, Investing in Children was a receipient of the proceeds fo the Hyde Park Rotary Club's annual golf tournament at West Haven Golf and Country Club. Each day included golf with power cart, lunch and dinner, and silent and live auction items. Thank you to the Hyde Park Rotary Club for supporting our efforts.
In 2007, Liana and Sasha scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro, raising funds for Investing in Children in the process. Thank you to Liana and Sasha, and thank you to everyone who donated in support of their fundraising efforts.
Reading Rocks! is a landscaped space in River Forks Park adjacent to the exisiting playground, supported by Investing in Children, the City of London and the London Arts Council.
Reading Rocks! was designed by landscape architect Ron Koudys, and construction was supported by Blue-Con Construction, Oaks Concrete Products, Fisher Landscape & Golf Supply and Global Management.
Sam Radoff, a local artist more commonly known as Yosemite Sam for his auto customizing, created an evocative sculptural piece that beckons families to enjoy the space.
Children were involved in the consturction of Reading Rocks! by creating concrete stepping stones that surround the space. On a Saturday at the London Regional Children's Museum, they personalized their stepping stones with a variety of materials, including stones, beads and shells. Concrete for the stepping stones was provided by Copp's Buildall.
We were joined for the launch in May 2004 by two classes from Westmount Public School, and a pre-school class from Chelsea Green Day Care.