On May 18, 2017 the Maple Leaf Ball, presented by Royal Bank of Canada, celebrated the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation at the V&A. It also marked the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund which was founded with the funds raised from the 1967 Ball. Our goals for 2017 are simple: to raise more money and extend our fundraising reach within the Canadian Community by making the 2017 Ball fabulous.
INVITATION TO SUPPORT
The Maple Leaf Trust was founded on and remains focused on philanthropy and, above all, upon the principles of excellence and opportunity for Canadians in the UK. Our original benefactors were ahead of their time in creating the Trust with this philosophy. They would be proud of today’s achievements and, most of all, our veterans and students and their accomplishments and our success in meeting our motto: Honouring Canada’s Past, Promoting Canada’s Future. Engaged philanthropy working with MLT is essential. The generous support of our donors provide students with scholarships for success. But excellence requires continual investment.
The Maple Leaf Ball 2017 is now over but was a tremendous success thanks to our generous sponsors and guests. We are now already planning our next series of events. If you are interested in participating as a volunteer or through sponsorship, don’t hesitate to contact us.
A Brief History Of The Ball
The first Maple Leaf Ball organised by the Canadian Women’s Club was held at the Savoy in May 1953 and was the social event of the Canadian community that year. The Canadian Women’s Club was thrilled with the success of the Ball and the funds raised for the Veterans’ Support Committee. With the support of the Canadian High Commission, the private and business community, and the CWC volunteers, the Maple Leaf Ball became an annual event with some balls having over 800 attendees including celebrities and royal guests
After a strategic review, The Maple Leaf Ball Trust was rebranded in 2006 as the Maple Leaf Trust (MLT) with main support coming from annual fundraising events. In 2012 the MLT Board voted to reinstitute the Maple Leaf Ball holding the Maple Leaf Diamond Ball at the Savoy in London May, 19, 2012. Funds generated at the 2012 Ball with our very generous business and private sponsors enabled the MLT to meet the financial requirements of the Veterans’ Support Committee and the Scholarship Committee for two years. The Maple Leaf Ball in November 2014 also provided the means to support the charities for the next few years.
Every two years or so, the Maple Leaf Trust hosts a Maple Leaf Ball. This is our main fundraising event – and it is a wonderfully spectacular affair, bringing together hundreds of Canadians who help us to honour Canada’s past and promote Canada’s future.
Both the 2012 and 2014 Maple Leaf Balls were incredibly successful, with each raising over £150,000. On each occasion, our 250+ guests were treated to a champagne reception, live and silent auction, dinner – and dancing to a live band.