Although I haven’t always been a resident of the Regent Park neighbourhood (as I am now), my upbringing in downtown Toronto was always closely connected to the area. For all of my elementary school years I attended Market Lane Public School (just down the road in the St. Lawrence area) which was filled with kids from surrounding neighbourhoods, including Regent Park. Later, in high school, I attended Jarvis Collegiate Institute, another downtown public school that was filled with kids from all over, but mainly those from the St. James Town and Regent Park communities.

In university, I went to Ryerson’s Fashion Program, and half way through my first year my parents decided to sell our family home in the King and Bathurst area, and move over to Queen and Parliament, an intersection that’s just a tad south of the ‘official’ start of Regent Park. Although it took me a little while at first to fall in love with living in the neighbourhood (rather than just visiting as I had done for most of my life), I soon became so attached to it that when I finally moved out of  my parent’s house, I decided to buy a home in nearly the exact same location.

As you can imagine, the area is pretty special to me, and I’ve always been so proud of how multi-cultural it is, and truly representative of what life is like in downtown Toronto. Now, more than ever before, this once troubled pocket of Toronto is finally getting the TLC it deserves through the massive revitalization project that is currently underway.

This is why I’m incredibly excited and happy to support the Regent Park Gala 2017  to help raise much needed funds for sport programming in the community. The Regent Park gala supports 3TO6TEAM which is built on the understanding that youth involved in structured sport programming outside of regular school hours increases team building and leadership skills — helping them to less likely be involved in activities that put them at risk. By teaming up with the MLSE Foundation, 3TO6TEAM works to fund much needed sport programming for the community.

If you are interested in helping to spread the word about this year’s Regent Park Gala 2017 AND get the chance to WIN 2 tickets to attend and see Naughty By Nature (!!!), keep reading!

Event Details:

What: Regent Park Gala 2017

When: Thursday June 1, 2017 @ 8pm (6pm for VIP Reception)

Where: Capitol Event Theatre, 2492 Yonge Street, Toronto.

Who: Guest MC Patricia Jaggernauth of CP24, Special Guest Appearance by Naughty By Nature, Live VIP Reception Performance By AION, Live Music Performances throughout the Evening, DJ Kaiser Somes, Diggy the DJ, spinning the night away.

Cost: General admission tickets are $150 each or $250 for VIP tickets.

To enter WIN to general admission tickets to the Regent Park Gala 2017 worth $300, here’s what you have to do:

FOLLOW @GracieCarroll on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter!

SHARE: this post on Facebook with your friends to help spread the word!

TWEET: I want to #WIN 2 tickets to @3TO6TEAM #RegentParkGala from @GracieCarroll and see @naughtybynature! #contest details http://bit.ly/2r2NRPW

Must be 19+ to enter, contest closes on Tuesday May 30th, 2017 at 12pm!

Good Luck!!

xo

@GracieCarroll

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