The United Way of Thunder Bay is excited to step outside-of-the-box and bring Thunder Bay the ‘RECOVER 2020 NO-SHOW GALA’ this fall, presented by IG Wealth Management & Lowerys, to help kick-start our 2020 Annual United Way Campaign. 

The United Way RECOVER 2020 campaign is focused on supporting local people and families who are most in need. It’s about neighbours helping neighbours and community supporting community.

Prior to COVID-19, Thunder Bay was already struggling to tackle #UNIGNORABLE issues of poverty including homelessness, hunger, domestic violence, social isolation, mental health challenges and unemployment & education inequality.

With the COVID-19 crisis ongoing, Thunder Bay organizations and service providers need extra help to deliver essential programs and services to people as the need for support has increased drastically.

We are offering this unique opportunity to all our past event participants, contributors and community members to join us by NOT attending the ‘RECOVER 2020 NO-SHOW GALA’, presented by IG Wealth Management & Lowerys. Show your support and contribute in a meaningful way (in lieu of attending our live in-person events this year).

As workplaces, businesses and communities slowly reopen, we urge you to consider those who need an extra helping hand to recover.

You are invited to spend the evening however you choose…

Mindful of everyone’s busy lives – and the uncertainty of COVID-19, we request the honour of your absence for the RECOVER 2020 NO-SHOW GALA, presented by IG Wealth Management & Lowerys! (Please don’t come!)

The doors will NOT open at 6 P.M. / Dinner will NOT be served at 7 P.M. / CEO, Albert Brule will NOT speak at 8 P.M. / NO one will dance until midnight

The non-event concept: 

You’re encouraged to add up the expenses you’d normally incur to attend a gala, and instead donate those funds directly to United Way of Thunder Bay to support programming and initiatives for local charities in our city.

*PLUS enter our ‘door prize’ (without the door of course) to WIN! Add this optional & nominal $1 Virtual Door Prize Ticket to your order for a chance to win 1 of 5 prizes! You MUST be 18 to be eligible to win these door prizes and will be required to show valid ID when picking up your prize. Door prize option only open to residents of Ontario. We will be giving away over $1,235 in prizes including $100 Michael’s Hair Gift Card, $100 Caribou Gift Card, $150 Auditorium Gift Card, $150 Home Depot Gift Card with a prize pack valued at $100, and a grand prize of a 2 night weekend stay at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Thunder Bay with a $50 food / beverage credit. (Lottery License #M835530)


Your RSVP gift to NOT attend the RECOVER 2020 NO-SHOW GALA and support the United Way will help critical efforts to get Thunder Bay back on its feet. Thunder Bay cannot do this alone; we have to recover together as a community.

All event non-attendees will receive an electronic package outlining the Recover 2020 Campaign details with our exclusive new video.

*Charitable tax receipts will be issued for the full amount of each donation.

THANK YOU for donating today and making a positive impact by meeting the immediate needs of local people as we Recover together.


Thank you to our Door Prize Sponsors:

Home Depot

Intercity Shopping Centre

Delta Hotel by Marriott Thunder Bay



Become a Table Sponsor and receive recognition on our NO-SHOW Gala Facebook Event Page. (For groups of 8 that are NOT coming together)
($400 can provide 10 families with an emergency food hamper for two weeks)


Patrons will receive special recognition on our NO-SHOW Gala Facebook Event Page
($200 can provide two families with sick / immune compromised children activities and games kits to stay safe playing at home)


This is an individual ticket option, please select the number of tickets that you DO NOT need.
($50 can provide two families with an emergency food bag)


Going once, going twice, and NOT SOLD! Select this option if you would typically participate in our NO-SHOW Gala Silent Auction
($80 can provide 40 hot meals to vulnerable individuals in Thunder Bay)


Everyone needs a good pampering before a Gala… hair, check / nails, check / make-up, check. Select this option to NOT show up in style!
($70 can provide 5 Elders in remote First Nations hot meals for a week)

TAXI $60

Select this ticket option if you need to pay for taxi services to get you to and from the NO-SHOW Gala safely
($60 can provide vital social connects to individuals social distancing in Thunder Bay)


Select this ticket option if you need child care for a fun night out, that is NOT going to happen… kids free!
($50 can buy two families an emergency food bag)


10 chances to NOT WIN 10 amazing prizes – DON’T get your raffle ticket bundle NOW!
($40 can provide one emergency food hamper to seniors living in social isolation)


Need to get your suit or dress dry cleaned for the big night (that’s NOT happening)? You may as well throw on some slippers and pyjamas.
($30 can buy 1 hygiene kit for justice-involved individuals reintegrating into society)


Select this ticket option if you would typically have a couple drinks at the NO-SHOW Gala. Wouldn’t you rather drink water at home anyways?
($20 can buy one vulnerable youth 4 lunches)

Other Expenses ………………. = $_______ ($??: endless possibilities)