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What is White Knight?

White Knight is a fundraising gala put on by the Ron White Foundation. The White Knight Gala raises funds and awareness for a chosen charity, partnering with them to support the partnering charity’s key programs, new initiatives and in general, help to move it one giant step forward. Charities are recommended by the White Knight Advisory Board.

The third White Knight Gala, presented by RBC, was held at the original Larkin Heritage Estate in South Rosedale on Wednesday June 1, 2011. From an electric cellist on the rooftop to syncro swimmers in the pool, guests enjoyed this sold out “white” party for a third year in a row bringing total funds raised by White Knight in 3 years to over $1M. Proceeds from 2011 White Knight Gala supported Egale’s Safe School Campaign, the world’s first national program to combat bullying and homophobia in schools as well as the Triangle Program, Canada’s only high school classroom for bullied LGBT youth. Please visit 2011 for photos, video and media coverage of 2011 White Knight Gala.

Previous White Knight Galas supported Free the Children’s GO Local program. a youth empowerment program helping at risk youth in 60 GTA schools.

Visit us often for news of future White Knight Gala Events.

What is the Ron White Foundation?

The RON WHITE FOUNDATION is a registered Canadian charity incorporated in 2009.  The Foundation hosts a fundraiser gala entitled 'White Knight' which focuses on raising funds, awareness and education for human rights based issues both locally and internationally. Through the RON WHITE stores, the Foundation runs Canada's largest Shoe Drive for the Homeless and an annual Breast Cancer fundraiser. 

The Ron White Foundation was founded by Ron White, a leading Canadian shoe entrepreneur (www.ronwhiteshoes.com) with seven retail locations who is well-known for his dedication to philanthropy, and is famous for his All Day Heels®.  A portion of the proceeds from every pair of Ron's men's collections and his All Day Heels® collection is donated to the Foundation.  

Over the past 14 years, through his stores, Ron has operated an annual fundraiser in partnership with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation raising thousands in support of finding a cure. The Ron White stores also run Canada’s largest Shoe Drive for the Homeless each winter and with the help of many local and international celebrities, have collected and distributed over 21,000 gently worn shoes and boots to those in need.

The Ron White Foundation is a culmination of Ron’s philanthropic endeavors. Through his Foundation, Ron now rolls together his dedication to give back and make the world a better place, with his love of fashion and shoes. Taking his annual giving to the next level, Ron has assembled a talented and seasoned Advisory Board to help bring about White Knight, a fresh fundraising event.

Who is behind White Knight?

Year 3 Advisory Board:

Daniel L. Bain CEO & President, Thornmark Asset Management
Glenn Dixon, Television Host & Creative Director, DixonHouse
Libell Geddes, Owner, The 5th
Barbara Hackett, President, Stratheden Homes Ltd.
Billie Holiday, Co-Host, VIRGIN Radio 99.9 Breakfast Show
Daniel MacDonald President, GreenLife Water
Robin Perry, President, R. Perry Management Inc.
John Rider, Chief Client Officer, Fraser, Milner, Casgrain
Leslie Roberts, Senior Editor, Anchor News Host, Global TV
Lee Segal, CEO, Klick Communications
Irit Shay, Royal De Versailles Jeweller
Kirstine Stewart, EVP English Services, CBC
Brad Wilson, Money Mart Entrepreneur

2011 Recipient Charities:
Safe School Campaign - Egale
The Triangle Program, Toronto - District School Board and Metropolitan Community Church

Executive Director:

Terry Smith - Philanthropic.ca

WHITE KNIGHT HONOURARY BOARD

Jeffrey Latimer
Ron White
 Jeanne Beker
 Michael Burns
 Richard Cooper
Glenn Dixon
Libell Geddes
 Michael Goldberg
 Barbara Hackett
 Billie Holiday
Daniel MacDonald
Ben Mulroney
 Jessica Mulroney
 Robin Perry
 John Rider
Leslie Roberts
Suzanne Rogers
 Lee Segal
 Kirstine Stewart
 Scott Wilson
Gail Cooper
       

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