Hope Banquet & Silent Auction 2021

The Mission Services of London Hope Banquet & Silent Auction will be held virtually beginning at 5:00 pm on November 25, 2021.

The evening will begin with main stage entertainment and a virtual networking lounge where you can meet, chat, and get to know fellow attendees.

This year, you may choose between two registration options:

1) Livestream Viewing: $75/person
2) Livestream Viewing and Dinner (Curbside Pick-Up): $105/person

*Group rates available for purchases of 4+ tickets with either registration option; these will display when you click on the Tickets button.*

Featured Musical Artist: Noelle Frances

The evening will begin with a live musical performance by local artist Noelle Frances. Inspired by the diverse storytelling of folk music, Noelle captures the angst and beauty of life in a deeply emotional way. A witty and charismatic performer, Noelle balances her emotionally-charged songs with a lighthearted and joyful stage presence. Her hope is audiences feel each of her songs has a soul and speaks to the resiliency of human beings.

Menu for Dinner Options:

Excellently prepared by RBC Place London and available for curb-side pick up on event day, the Dinner option features a hot entrée, three-course dinner with choice between a vegan or chicken main dish. Complete the meal with the beverage of your choice at home (beverages are not included in the dinner package).

Chicken Main Dish:

Mixed Organic Greens with Crisp Vegetables, Flower Petals & Balsamic Vinaigrette

Oven Roasted Breast of Ontario Chicken with Cranberry Demi-Glace on the Side; Dauphinoise Potato Cake and Spaghetti Squash Nest with Pearl Vegetables

Gluten Free Chocolate Truffle Cake with a Side of Strawberry Compote Cream, Berry and Chocolate Stick


Vegan/Vegetarian Main Dish:

Mixed Organic Greens with Crisp Vegetables, Flower Petals & Balsamic Vinaigrette

Roasted Acorn Squash Basket with Curried Vegetable Pulse and a Toasted Johnny Cake (Toasted Polenta)

Chef’s Selection of Fresh Fruit

Online Silent Auction:

Mission Services of London will continue to host an online silent auction this year. New in 2021: the auction will feature item lots, the first one opening for bidding on October 25, 2021 and the last one closing following the Hope Banquet on November 25, 2021.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, see the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

About the Keynote Speaker:

Having experienced homelessness, Liz Murray transformed her life of despair into an inspiring journey of determination, hope, and hard-won success.

The child of drug-addicted parents who routinely ate from dumpsters and sought refuge at all-night subway stations to survive, Liz Murray began experiencing homelessness at age 15—and fending for her life. Determined not to be defined by her circumstances, she recognized education as the key to a fresh beginning and a whole new way of living. She earned her high school diploma in just two years and won a scholarship to Harvard University. This would turn her bleak circumstances into a future filled with limitless possibility.

With sincerity, maturity and graciousness, Murray takes audiences along on her personal journey from street smarts to classroom triumphs. She instantly becomes an inspiration to both student groups and business audiences in need of the motivation to overcome their own obstacles. The subject of Lifetime Television’s Emmy-nominated original film, Homeless to Harvard, Murray graduated from Harvard, and went on to receive her Masters in the Psychology of Education at Columbia University. Today, as co-founder and Executive Director of The Arthur Project, Murray is a passionate advocate for underserved youth, working to end generational poverty through relationship-based learning.

Funds raised provide clothing, hygiene items, and household articles at no cost to adults and children in need through the Mission Store’s Emergency Voucher Program and Warm Hands—Warm Hearts Outreach Program.

In partnership with over 50 referral agencies, the Emergency Voucher Program provides struggling men, women and children with basic needs items – all at no cost to them. This may include sturdy footwear, warm winter gear, clean clothing, kitchen tools, and more.

The Warm Hands—Warm Hearts Outreach Program provides warm children’s clothing to more than 30 elementary schools in the London area from November to February. This helps to ensure that all children are for the cold weather with items like mittens, winter hats, and warm socks.

Learn more about what makes the Mission Store more than a thrift store:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How do I order dinner?
A: When purchasing your ticket at mslhopebanquet.eventbrite.ca, be sure to choose the “Livestream & Dinner” ticket option. You will then be presented with an online registration form in which you can choose a chicken or vegan/vegetarian main dish.

Q: How do I pick up my dinner?
A: We will be in touch with you via email to schedule a specific time for you to pick up your dinner at RBC Place London in a contactless, curbside manner. All pick-ups will occur on November 25 well before event start time.

Q: How will bidding for the virtual silent auction work?
A: The silent auction will be hosted on an online platform from October 25 through November 25. Guests will be able to bid on items with their mobile phone, tablet, or computer.

Q: I am not able to attend the Hope Banquet on November 25. Can I still participate in the Silent Auction?
A: Yes! New this year, you have the opportunity to participate in the virtual silent auction any time between October 25 through November 25.

Q: How and when will I pay for my items?
A: Winning bidders will be able to pay for their items via credit card directly through the online silent auction platform. The email will include an invoice that can be paid with a credit card (instructions will be provided in the email). After you receive your invoice, you can book your item pick-up appointment (see below).

Q: How and when will I be able to pick up the items I won and paid for from the auction?
A: In the days shortly after November 25, we will contact each winning bidder to schedule a pick-up date/time at the Administration Office (4-797 York St.). Proof of credit card payment may be required when you pick up your items.

Q: If I cannot attend the event, can I still make a donation to help provide clothing, hygiene items, and household articles to adults and children through Mission Store programs?
A: Absolutely! Please visit missionservices.ca/donate to give online. Please be sure to click the “I would like this donation to go to a specific appeal” which will enable you to direct your donation to Mission Store programs. You may also choose to donate by sending a cheque to:

Mission Services of London
4-797 York St.
London, ON
N5W 6A8

Please write “Hope Banquet/Mission Store” in the cheque memo line so that we can direct your donation to your desired area of service.

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