Ramp Up 2019
Hi there everyone!
On behalf of the entire StopGap team, board, and community, we want to extend a big, heartfelt thank you for joining us at Ramp Up 2019! We packed Wychwood Barns with more than 300 attendees for our 5th annual FUNraiser!
So, how did we do?
From the ticket, silent auction, raffle and merchandise sales to donations and sponsorship, we raised over $51,000 – WOW! We are overwhelmed with love and appreciation for our community of supporters who helped make this happen. These funds will go towards furthering our impact in 2020, and specifically towards improving our Ramps on Request ordering and delivery process; supporting and expanding the Community Ramp Projects in other cities and provinces; and ramping up our coordination and management of our incredible army of volunteers.
You witnessed a big announcement!
We announced a National Partnership with Toyota Canada, who has invested $100k into StopGap Foundation to develop and expand our School Project, which contributes to the longevity and livelihood of the Foundation and all its important awareness raising programs in communities all across Canada.
We would also like to send a huge thank you to all of our sponsors, artists, and volunteers for your contributions. We absolutely couldn’t have had such a successful and memorable night without you!
Thank you to our Art Ramp artists, who donated their time, energy and talent to produce a breathtaking silent auction:
Alanna Peters @alanna_peters , Alex “Runt” Currie @alrunt, André Jolicoeur @andrethedoodlemachine, Anthony Vandertuin @avander_art, Brianna Mulvale @briannasartwork, Brigón Munkholm @ydalir_woodworking, Chris “Champstiles” Burns @champstiles, Christopher Winkelaar @chriswinkelaar, Daniel St-Amant @danielstamant, Dorion Scott @dorionscott, Ezio Molinari @eziopics, Felicia Cirstea @feliciacirstea, Gordon Shadrach @gordon_shadrach, Jimmy Chiale @jchiale, Jordan Childs @childs.supreme, Karissa Carcano, Logan Anderson, Katie Zechner @artbykatiez, Marjolyn Van Der Hart @memoryartgirl, Melissa Benum @melissabenum, Michelle Nicholls-Cave, Mike Parsons @heyapathy, Mike Rachlis @mike_rachlis, Montina Hussey @montinaart, Morgan Sheardown @morgansheardown, Morgan Lennon Booth @morganboothart, Morrah Jane @morrahjane_designs, Natalia Tcherniak @nattchbob, Paul Eekhoff @pauleekhoffpicturelab, Peggy Sue Deaven @peggysuecollection, Regina Shing @byregina_, Rhonda Pearl @rhondapearlart, Sara Purves @sara_purves_art, Sarah Jean Harrison @peaceflaghouse, Scott Steele @scottsteeleartist, Simone Collins @simonecollinsart, Simone Guimares @simoneguimaraesart, Stephen Perry @stephenperrystudio, Steve Kean @stevekeanphoto, Tony Taylor @tonytaylorart, Veronica Cojocari @Protein Structures, Zoey Zoric @zoeyzoric
An album with event photos will be uploaded to our Facebook page shortly, but until then please enjoy a few snapshots from the night down below!
Thank you Ameel Mohammed from Still and Motion photography for photographing the event for us!
We can’t thank you enough for your support in making this year’s fundraiser the successful night that it was. We feel so lucky to have such an incredible community behind us! Looking forward to breaking down barriers and creating more inclusive spaces in the new year.
Lots of love,
The StopGap Team
Join us at Ramp Up 2019 for StopGap’s 5th annual FUN-raiser!
Thanks to your generous support at last year’s Ramp Up, we were able to build hundreds of new ramps in communities all over the country and we’re starting to grow our initiatives internationally – wowza!
The event will take place on Thursday November 21st, 2019
at 6 pm at Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto.
- 6:00 PM Doors Open & Silent Auction Begins
- 6:45 PM Opening Remarks by MC Russell Winkelaar
- 7:00 PM Art Battle! Live Competitive Painting
- 8:15 PM RAMPMAN!
- 8:30 PM Tim Moxam musical performance
- 9:00 PM Raffle Closes
- 9:15 PM Silent Auction for Art Ramp Closes
- 9:30 PM Last call
- 10:00 PM End of Event
This year’s event will feature:
- A silent art ramp auction with more than 40 talented local artists:
- A live Art Battle
- Delicious food and an open beverage bar
- Inclusive merry making
- Live musical performance by Tim Moxam, who started our StopGap on Tour initiative
- Collaborative art
- Captioning provided
All funds raised during this annual event will go towards our important initiatives and programs and will help us create more accessible spaces for everyone. We hope you’re able to join us for an exciting night of art and celebration!
Thank you so much to our RampUp 2019 presenting sponsor, Daniels Corporation for another year of incredibly generous support!
If you or your business or organization would like to help support this event and be a recognized sponsor on the night of our event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be sent our sponsorship categories package!
StopGap On Tour Benefit Concert
StopGap On Tour capped off an amazing East Coast journey with a final benefit concert! Musician Tim Moxam has collaborated with some of Ontario’s finest songwriters-builders-crafters, including Broken Social Scene’s Jason Collett, to build a series of special edition StopGap ramps; pre-ordered and spec’d to accommodate the needs of a non-accessible venue, cafe, record store or other musical/cultural community hub in need somewhere in Canada.
We got together on Thursday, September 19th 2019 from 6 pm – 8 pm at The Cameron House (408 Queen Street West, Toronto)
StopGap in the News
See Change - The Magazine of Social Entrepreneurship, April 2, 2020When Social Distancing is Impossible: Health and safety strategies for people with disabilities
reasons to be cheerful, March 4, 2020The DIY Wheelchair Ramp - A device that turns impassable into accessible
WSOC-TV, February 27, 2020Local organization works to make Charlotte accessible for people of all abilities