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In our last fiscal year, ESS supported over 2,200 seniors and 3,000 caregivers.  Fundraising events a very important source of funds which help us ensure service continuity and that our programs are accessible and of a high quality of care.

Proceeds from our events directly benefit the seniors and caregivers using services and programs which includes our Adult Day Programs for frail seniors with cognitive impairments, Seniors’ Luncheons, transportation to medical appointments and grocery stores, group fitness programs, along with in-home and extended overnight respite.

ESS currently has 2 signature fundraising events which take place on an annual basis:

Dine for Dignity

Dine for Dignity is our signature Fundraising Gala which takes place on a yearly basis in October.  This Gala features musical performances by local Canadian talent, special guests as Master of Ceremonies, a 4-course banquet dinner with complimentary wine on the table, a large and varied selection of Silent Auction items and raffle prizes.

Community members and local businesses can support our Gala by purchasing an event ticket(s), donating an auction item, becoming an event sponsor or making a financial donation to help us cover event costs.

For more information and opportunities to support our Gala, please call 416-243-0127 ext. 222 or email

Mark your calendar:  Our 2018 Dine for Dignity Gala “Love is in the Air” is taking place on Sunday, October 21, 2018.  Jerry Howarth, former Blue Jays Radio Broadcaster, returns as Master of Ceremonies.  Click here for more event informationClick here to get your tickets today!

* Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our 10th Anniversary Gala!  Click here for more information and to see photos from our 2017 Anniversary Gala. Special thanks to all of our 2017 event sponsors. 

Holiday Gift Wrapping at Cloverdale Mall

Let ESS help you cross one more thing off of your holiday “To Do” list.  Visit our Gift Wrap booth at Cloverdale Mall and an ESS volunteer will take care of your holiday gift wrapping for you.

This is our longest-standing, volunteer-run fundraiser.  For over 25 years, we have been partnering with Cloverdale Mall to provide Gift Wrapping services to customers during the holiday season.  All gifts are wrapped by an ESS volunteer with proceeds supporting our programs and services for caregivers and seniors in our community. Between 90-100 volunteers support this event and help us raise between $8,000-10,000 on an annual basis.

This is a seasonal fundraiser which takes place from December 1-24. We are open 7 days a week during mall hours:

  • Mondays to Fridays:  10am-9pm
  • Saturdays:  9:30am-7pm
  • Sundays:  11am-6pm
  • *December 24:  10am-5pm

Our wrapping booth is located in the north end of Cloverdale Mall (250 The East Mall, Etobicoke) between Virgin Mobile and Koodo Mobile.  Please note at the present time only cash donations are accepted.

****Click here to view our 2017 Holiday Gift Wrap service flyer.***

We are also open to accepting corporate requests for companies who need wrapping services. Please call 416-243-0127 ext. 505 for more information.

We recruit new volunteers who have gift wrapping experience for this event every year.  Volunteer recruitment takes place in October.  To complete a volunteer application form, please click here. To contact Volunteer Services please call 416-243-0127 ext. 505 or email


* New this year * The Toronto Challenge

This year ESS took part in the annual Toronto Challenge on Sunday, June 10th, 2018 This is a family-friendly a 1k fun walk, 5k walk and 5k run that raises money for organizations and long-term care facilities supporting seniors in the City of Toronto.  This event is suitable for people of all ages and abilities.

Thank you to everyone who participated this year – whether you walked on behalf of ESS or made a donation in support of ESS.  With your help we raised over $5,500 for our programs and services! For a full event recap, please click here.

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