The event, held in support of Villeneuve's Zawadi La Tumaini, features everything African — from food to entertainment to silent auction items.
Money raised at the event will support Villeneuve's orphanage, which provides shelter, food, education and love to kids in African.
“Originally from Sudbury, Villeneuve founded Zawadi La Tumaini in October 2010 after visiting Watoto Wa Baraka Children’s Home in Makuyu, Kenya and was deeply moved by the lives of orphaned and abandoned children,” Bestech stated. “At just 19, Villeneuve now lives in Nairobi, Kenya at the new children’s home she founded, which is slated to officially open on March 1.”
Four years ago, Bestech Co-CEO Marc Boudreau was blown away by Villeneuve’s compassionate words and caring story.
“While driving to work, Boudreau heard Villeneuve interviewed on CBC radio about a fundraising event she was conducting at Confederation Secondary School related to African orphans.
Boudreau immediately turned his truck around, drove straight to Confederation high school, walked into the administration office and donated a cash contribution, telling the receptionist that he wanted to give the money to the girl on the radio.”
“Right away, I thought 'I have to help this kid',” Boudreau stated. “I was so moved by the passion that exuded from this 15-year-old local girl who was focused on helping children in a different continent. She was a fantastic speaker.
"Jacqueline’s words and tone demonstrated her selfless character and her commitment.”
The event is slated for Feb. 23. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. at Cambrian College's Fontaine Bleue, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Entertainment will follow.
Tickets can be purchased for $100 each, or $600 for a corporate table by phoning 705-929-1246 or 705-561-1440.