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Youth Collective is charity of choice for January’s Black Tie Gala
The Black Tie Gala is on Jan. 27. Tickets are on sale now for $199 each, plus additional fees. SUPPLIED

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s annual Black Tie Gala will make its return at the start of 2024, with the proceeds this year going to help out the young people of this community.

The gala is set to be held on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the NOTL Community Centre on Anderson Lane, from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Guests take part in a night of sophistication, dressed to the nines in an elegant atmosphere, and enjoy live music, dinner and other entertainment.

Each year since the gala’s inaugural year in 2020, a community organization or cause is chosen to receive the profits of the event proceeds, and for this January’s gala, it will be the NOTL Youth Collective that will receive support.

Caroline Polgrabia, a member of the collective’s planning committee, said their team was “absolutely thrilled” when they were told they would be 2024’s supported cause. 

The youth collective was started last year. The money raised through the gala will be used to fund the collective’s programs for 2024.

“We have learned so much in this first year about what is needed right here in NOTL to support the youth,” Polgrabia said in a media release. “This donation will really help us take the program to the next level.

Last January, coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic during which both the 2021 and 2022 galas were cancelled, the gala raised more than $117,000 for Pathstone Youth Mental Health.

That money went to helping young people recuperate mentally from the struggles of pandemic lockdowns and re-entering the post-pandemic world with success.

Carson Tucker, a Niagara-on-the-Lake resident, is one of the event organizers and works with a group of friends to plan for, organize and run the annual gala.

“It’s been really great for us to come together and network, and it feels good to be able to have a goal in mind and a way to help,” he said in a media release.

Tickets for the gala are available as part of a sponsor package or an individual purchase for $199 each, plus additional fees. Those interested in purchasing one can visit Eventbrite and searching “NOTL Black Tie Gala.”

More details about the 2024 will be revealed periodically on the organizers’ social media pages: you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram, @BlackTieGALA. This event is presented by Interatlas.

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