CFPDP’s No. 1 Fundraising Event

The Great Valentine Gala, held every February in Toronto, is the CFPDP’s No. 1 fundraising event. It has raised over $25 million and has become a glittering showcase for the unheralded achievements of physically challenged Canadians everywhere. “It’s changed the way we think about people with disabilities.” Its driving force has been Toronto businessman, philanthropist and CFPDP founder Vim Kochhar. “People with disabilities have so much to offer yet they’ve been marginalized mostly on the basis of appearance,” says Kochhar. “The Gala is a celebration of the things that really matter – things like character, compassion and community. We’ve had over 22,000 people at the Gala since it started in 1985 and active involvement from many of our leading corporations. “It’s a great way to build awareness.” Great Valentine Gala revenues have helped support many organizations, programs, services, special events and homes for many physically challenged Canadians.

Great Valentine Gala 2018: Register Now!

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Saturday, February 3, 2018
Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Canadian Room
6:00 pm - Reception
7:00 pm - Dinner
8:30 pm - Awards
9:30 pm - Show Time

Starring: TBA

THE CAVERNERS debuted in 1994 and have since been exciting audiences with their note for note perfect portrayal of The Beatles in concert. With authentic instruments, costumes and stellar vocals this all Canadian cast recreates an incredible performance night after night leaving audience screaming, stamping their feet and shouting for more.

Previous Entertainers

Great Valentine Gala 2014


Event Flyer
Advertising Information
Corporate Involvement Summary
Sponsor Benefits
Ticket Order Form
Gala Background

Magazine Feature


King Clancy Winners


Previous King Clancy Winners

Corporate Award Winner


Previous Corporate Award Winners

Hon. David C. Onley Award


Previous David C. Onley Award Winners

Click here for photos from the 2017 Great Valentine Gala.


His Excellency
the Right Honourable
David L. Johnston C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
Governor General of Canada

Honorary Patrons

The Honourable Henry N.R. Jackman
The Honourable David C. Onley,

Honorary Chairs

Pavi Binning
President & CEO, George Weston Ltd.

Duncan Sinclair
Vice Chair, Deloitte

Past Chairpersons

Sabi Marwah
Yezdi Pavri
Sonja Bata
Reid Bigland
Edwin Brust
Ed Clark
John Cleghorn
Tony Comper
Elvio & Marlene DelZotto
George Eaton
The Honourable
J. Trevor Eyton
Al Flood
Robert Gillespie
Bobbie Gaunt
Paul Godfrey
Peter C. Godsoe
Boris Jackman
Robert Johnson
Maureen Kempston
Darkes G.
Yves Landry
Rick Waugh
Michael Wilson

Gala Chairperson
George Przybylowski

Foundation Chairperson
The Honourable Vim Kochhar