Tribute Event

Thursday, November 24, 2022 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Honouring Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto, for her leadership and unwavering commitment to the health and safety of the community during the pandemic.

All proceeds from this event go towards supporting the Bernard Betel Centre Meals on Wheels program. Pre-pandemic, the Bernard Betel Centre delivered kosher meals daily to 160-200 fee-paying seniors, along with 20 free meals. During the pandemic, that number ballooned to providing free meals 3 times a week to 620 vulnerable Holocaust survivors and seniors living in poverty, with 450 food-insecure seniors sitting anxiously on our waitlist. Food vulnerability amongst seniors and Holocaust survivors in north Toronto and southwest York Region is not new. However, the pandemic exacerbated this existing issue.

Due to mobility issues and cognitive decline, some cannot cook or even shop for themselves. Many lack the financial resources, familiar and governmental supports to fill their pantries and fridges. They must make gut-wrenching decisions between paying rent and buying food. They rely solely on the Bernard Betel Centre’s volunteer-driven kosher Meals on Wheels program for not only food, but for social interaction, too.
“I’m living in a tiny apartment, with no one to talk to. You are the first person I’ve spoken to in weeks,” one 90-year-old client told us.

In addition to the over 620 seniors living in poverty currently receiving the Bernard Betel Centre’s free kosher meals, we screened 1,300 homebound seniors living in poverty in March 2022 alone. Over 700 of them do not receive any agency or community support and 450 of them need ongoing food assistance to survive. The issue is critical! We will not be able to continue providing meals to the 600 seniors currently receiving our meals on wheels beyond January 2023. This does not even include those seniors on our waitlist, as the demand is too great. We need your help to continue providing this crucial service now, and beyond January 2023.

Seniors are going hungry. We desperately need your help to feed them!

Ticket Price: $250
To purchase a ticket visit or call 416-225-2112, ext. 0.

For partnership information, please contact Gail Gould at 416-225-2112, ext. 129 or or Bobby Walman at 416-587-7053 or

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Thank you to our Generous Partners!

Lead Partner
Elen Steinberg and family
in memory of her mother
Anna Steinberg

Community Partner
Mitchell & Susan Brown and Family

Corporate Partners
Northcrest Developments

Supporting Partner
Aurora Strategy Global

Biofresh Canada

Beer Partner
Amsterdam Brewery

The incredible Bernard Betel Centre team of staff and volunteers cook, pack, label and deliver between 2,000 and 3,000 meals each week.