Autism Edmonton enhances the lives of families and individuals living with autism, by providing life-long support and creating awareness, acceptance, and opportunities in our community.

2017 Opening Doors for Autism Gala

Autism Edmonton's most important fundraising event!
The Gala Committee, made up of around ten volunteers and staff, is organizing a fundraising gala to take place on Friday, October 27, at the Edmonton Northlands EXPO Centre Ballroom (7515-118 Ave, Edmonton, AB).
The Opening Doors for Autism Gala and Auction is your chance to make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of children, teens, adults, and entire families affected by autism in our community.
Your support for this event will make it possible for Autism Edmonton to grow and sustain the many vital services they provide to families and individuals who are living with autism by “opening doors” for them.
This year’s gala will begin at 5.30 pm with a champagne reception, followed by a gourmet dinner, live entertainment, raffle, as well as live and silent auctions with hundreds of great items.
We would love to have you involved in the event. You can do so by:
  • Becoming a sponsor.
    • We have several levels of sponsorship, detailed in the following pages. Each sponsorship level acknowledges your contribution before, during and following the Gala. Sponsor recognition is noted for each level.
  • Donating something to the live or silent auction.
    • Donation of an auction item is a great way for businesses and individuals to support our event. We can help you design the right donation package that can be something as simple as a gift card or a dinner certificate. Recognition includes acknowledgment in our Program for the Gala, which will be distributed to the attendees – approximately 600 supporters and participating businesses.
  • Buying a table (or tickets) to the Gala.
    • Tickets for the Gala are $225 each. Tables of 10 can be purchased for $2,000. Tax receipts for the donation portion of your ticket will be available.
  • Volunteering at the event.
    • To make this event a success, we are going to need your help! Volunteering at the Gala is an excellent opportunity to learn how fundraising events work. If you would like to join us and lend your support, please contact us.

Live and Silent Auction

Thanks to the help of numerous generous donors, you can anticipate some exciting items to bid on in our live and silent auctions! You will be able to see all the details in your program at the event, but for now, here is your chance to take a sneak peek.
  • Ten-Days Stay in Portugal - escape to the beauty of the shimmering turquoise sea, spectacular beaches, and breathtaking sunsets. This holiday region in the province of Algarve offers beautiful beaches, historic towns, castles, gorgeous golf courses and many other local attractions. This package also includes a $1,500 travel voucher. 
  • Dinner ring - 14K emerald and diamond - treat yourself or your loved one to a stunning ring that will elevate any outfit this holiday season.
  • Guitar signed by Guns ‘N Roses - get a chance to win a guitar autographed by an American iconic band.
  • Kari Duke Painting - take home a painting from an internationally acclaimed and collected artist - Kari Duke - who lives and works in Edmonton and is famous for her back alley scenes.
  • Wine tree - it has over 100 bottles of wine for you and your friends to enjoy! 
  • Dinner for 10 at Sorrentino’s with a Special Guest - get your family and friends together for an unforgettable meal at one of Edmonton’s best restaurants.

To donate, buy tickets, volunteer or get more information, please contact Kate Wallace at: or call 780 453 3971 ex 223.
Congratulations to this year’s “Opening Doors for Autism” Award recipient, is Isabel Henderson. Isabel was chosen based on the ongoing significant difference she has made for people with Autism, throughout her leadership as the Senior Operating Officer at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Read On.

Thank you to all of our sponsors!

We are sincerely thankful for the contributions of our sponsors. Please consider supporting the community-minded businesses who have been so generous with their support of Autism Edmonton's work and our 2017 "Opening Doors for Autism" Gala.