Autism Gala Fundraising Dinner
April 21, 2023 - Bellvue Manor, Concord, ON


This will be a wonderful evening filled with many unique and entertaining performances that will sure dazzle and amaze all of our guests. Opening remark, exciting announcements, Award Ceremony, Piano and Violin performances, Fire Show, Racing With Autism Presentation, Aerial Show, Magic Show and so much more…Be there, make memories and spread the word for Autism Awareness.

Enjoy your night out at "Celebrating Julian" Autism Fundraiser Gala Dinner and stay at:

Novotel Toronto Vaughan Centre
200 Bass Pro Mills Drive, Vaughan ON, L4K 0B9 – Canada
Reserve the guestrooms by calling directly to 905-660-0212 or toll-free 1-866-630-2680 or email the reservation request to prior to March 21, 2023 and mention as the part of Celebrating Julian 2023 Autism Gala and enjoy the rate of $109.00 + taxes per room, per night for Superior Rooms, Wi-Fi and parking included".


Open Bar Deluxe

Antipasto Bar Deluxe

Salami, Cappicollo, Prosciutto, Parmigiano Wheel
Bocconcini And Tomato, Marinated Mushrooms, Grilled Vegetable Salad, Roasted Red Peppers, Olives, Potato Salad, Green Bean Salad, Creamy Polenta with toppings of Sausage Ragu and Chopped Rapini
Shrimp Cocktails, Poached Salmon, Frutta Di Mare, Baccala Menecato, Smoked Salmon, Steamed Mussels and Clams in Tomato Broth, Fried Calamari

Plated Menu
Warm Artisan Bread Variety, Mascarpone Butter, Tuscan Pepper and Olive Tapenade

Asparagus Risotto
Penne Alla Marinara

Chicken and Veal in mushroom Cognac Sauce
Chicken Fingers and French Fries (Children 12 and under).
Roasted Potatoes
Peppers and Carrots Bundles

Cheesecake Factory Dessert

Late Night Station
Sliders and French Fries Station
Cake, Fruits and Cookie Station
Coffee and Tea

For dietary restrictions, please contact by phone: 416.833.9262 or email:


Event Programme:


Master Of Ceremony: Mrs. Kathie Andriano Murgel

  • 5:30 – 6:30 Guests Arrival/Antipasto Bar, Violin performance by Henry Muhammad as guest arrive, sign in the guestbook and find their seats
  • 6:30 – 6:45 Opening Ceremony and Awards by Mrs. Ani Rapallo
  • 6:45 – 7:00 Presentation of “Lighthouse” Project by Mrs. Kathie Andriano Murgel
  • 7:00 – 7:15 Remarks By Francesco Sorbara (MP for Vaughan – Woodbridge). Remarks by other members of council.
  • 7:15 – 7:20 Prayer and Meal Blessing by Mrs. Frances Di Pietro
  • 7:20 – 7:45 Speech by Francesco and Shant Rapallo / Piano and Violin - Performance by Francesco and Shant Rapallo
  • 7:45 – 8:00 Door Prizes and Centerpiece Game
  • 8:00 – 8:15 Lollipop Solo Act by Cirque Revolution
  • 8:15 – 8:30 Racing With Autism Presentation by Austin Riley
  • 8:30 – 8:45 Violin Performance by Ms. Amanda Medina
  • 9:00 – 9:15 FireGuy Show by Brant The FireGuy
  • 10:00 TI Bots – LED Robot Performance and dance
  • 11:00 Raffle Prizes/ Announcements of Big Prize Winners

Past Events!

2019 Gala Event

2017 Gala

May 7, 2014

2015 Gala Event

Fundraising Gala Dinner


Fundraising Gala

The mission of this fundraiser and all the future events that the Rapallo family will organize will support the building of “Lighthouse” Centre for Adults living with Autism to give hope, a light and meaning to men and women living with Autism and assist their families to feel less pressure in the care giving of their adult children.

The Rapallo family strongly believes that what you think you create, what you feel you attract, what you imagine you become. Just like a lighthouse, that guides waters for boats and ships to keep them safe in the darkness, “Lighthouse” centre will provide guidance and shine a light on the lives of all living with Autism…