Thank You to Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Roof Raisers

Future Framers

Welcome to the 18th annual Gala!

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, we thank each of you for attending this year’s Gala and for your ongoing support of Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa.

Our annual Gala is a special opportunity to recognize the generosity of our build sponsors, donors, volunteers, suppliers and tradespeople. Your dedication and contributions are why Habitat Greater Ottawa is still here, 30 years strong, supporting families to build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.

At this year’s Gala, we are not only celebrating our 30th anniversary of partnering alongside donors, volunteers and families, we are also celebrating the 15 families who will soon receive the keys to their new Habitat homes at Kemptville Korners in 2024, in partnership with Habitat Thousand Islands – including our 100th family served!

Despite the celebrations, we recognize our work is far from over. The housing crisis continues to grow in Ottawa and across the province, and it is more important now than ever that we continue to support families and their children with a strong foundation in a stable, long-term affordable home.

As we plan for the next 30 years of building safe and affordable housing, your help is instrumental in continuing to grow the number of families served by Habitat Greater Ottawa. The Habitat Affordable Homeownership model provides families with the necessary support to build a secure future and to remove barriers to opportunities such as access to safe neighborhoods, good schools, and community belonging.

For the past 18 years, Habitat Greater Ottawa Gala sponsors and donors have made this evening a tremendous success, and we are very grateful for your loyal support. As you enjoy this evening we hope you will take a moment to reflect on the meaning of home, and how you can help the next generation of families in Ottawa. 

Thank you and have a fabulous evening!

Kristen Holinsky, Interim CEO, Habitat Greater Ottawa

Scott Stevenson, Chair, Habitat Greater Ottawa Board of Directors

Schedule of Events

6:00p.m. – 7:15p.m.

Cocktail Reception
Live Entertainment: Sing House Studios
Silent Auction (open until 9:45p.m.)

Opening Remarks & Greetings
Emcee: Solomon Friedman

7:30p.m. — 8:45p.m.
Dinner Service
Live Entertainment: Cirque Carpe Diem

8:45 p.m.
Special Presentation
Scott Stevenson, Board Chair, Habitat Greater Ottawa
Family Presentation

9:00 p.m.
Live Auction
Auctioneer: Solomon Friedman

9:45 p.m.
End of Silent Auction

10:00p.m. – 12:00a.m.
After Party
DJ from First Quality Sound


First Course
Cauliflower & Arugula salad
Shaved cauliflower, arugula, pickled raisins, toasted hazelnuts, parmesan cheese and red wine agave nectar vinaigrette scallion kimchi 

Second Course
Nadeau Farm Chicken Saltimbocca
Pingue prosciutto wrapped chicken breast with lemon tarragon velouté, fresh sage, served on grain risotto, with fingerling potato confit and market vegetables.

Apple Tatin
With maple cake and vanilla mousse

Starbucks® Organic Coffee, Decaf and Tazo® Tea.

Vegetarian alternative for those who registered with a dietary restriction

Emcee & Auctioneer: Solomon Friedman

Solomon Friedman is a partner at the Ottawa-based private equity firm, Ethical Capital Partners, where he also serves as VP Compliance. Solomon is also a criminal and regulatory defence lawyer, leading the firm of Friedman Mansour LLP. He also serves as an adjunct law professor at the University of Ottawa, where he teaches the Law of Evidence. In his copious spare time, he is a private pilot and small aircraft owner.


But that’s not the interesting part. Most importantly, Solomon is the father of three active teenagers – a 14-year-old son and two 18-year-old twins. Sadly, they are unanimously unimpressed with both his cross-examination and general advocacy skills. Such is life.


Solomon is active in the community, giving his time to a wide variety of causes. He is a founding director of Barristers for a Better Bytown, a registered charity, which supports local charitable initiatives benefiting the poor, mentally ill and otherwise marginalized members of our community.

Live Auction Items

The Ultimate Team Building Experience

Put on your hard hat, pick up a hammer and let’s go! Your employees will get to spend a day on our Habitat build site learning useful skills in a safe environment under the leadership of experienced Habitat crew leaders. Have fun, make memories and connect with your fellow colleagues in a truly meaningful way. While the work will be challenging, it will also be rewarding. Join us on our newest development, Kemptville Korners and see what it’s like to make tangible difference in the lives of local families.

Value: $5,000

Pictured: Capital Taxi Habitat Build Day Group, October 2023.


You and a guest will get to cheer on Canada’s own 2019 NBA champs! On March 31st  2024, be there to witness the Toronto Raptors take on the Philadelphia 76ers right from the 100 level at the Scotiabank Arena. Don’t worry about accommodations – we got you covered with a Via Rail voucher and a one night stay at the luxurious Broadview Hotel less than 10 minutes away from the arena!

Value: $1,100

Special thank you to Bank of America for donating the Raptors’ tickets and Broadview Hotel for their generous donations!

A Flight to Remember

Picture this: You and that special someone overlooking the gorgeous Ottawa skyline and beyond! Enjoy a memorable night out with a private one-hour airplane flight for two, piloted by the Gala’s own Solomon Friedman!  Afterwards, enjoy some delicious find dining at Beckta dining & wine and then head over to the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel for a relaxing one-night stay. Leave the car at home as transportation will be provided for the evening. It will be a flight – and night – to remember!

Value: $1,500

Special thank you to Solomon Friedman, Capital Taxi and Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel for your generous donations!

Dine in Style

This delicious package includes a FOUR-course catered dinner for EIGHT people in your home courtesy of Sala San Marco. The Sala San Marco Catering services include fully licensed offsite catering featuring a delicious array of outstanding cocktail, dinner, and buffet menu options.

We’ve got your table décor taken care of with a gift card to Beaudry Flowers and drinks will also be covered for you and your guests with an LCBO gift card.

Value: $1800

Special thank you to Sala San Marco and Beaudry Flowers for your generous donations!

Special Thanks

We’d like to give a special thanks to the people and companies who helped make tonight a success.

Solomon Friedman 
Event Design Group Inc. 
Groovy Linens
Sing House Studios
Cirque Carpe Diem
DJ Spanky 
First Quality Sound
Mark Cooper Photography
Shaw Centre
Winchester Print

Thank you to the Gala volunteers who gave their time, skills and efforts this evening. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Angela Britten
Jeff Wolfson
Mina Miron
Marina Caron
Lynette Mitchell
Debbie Choptuik

Board of Directors

Thank you to the Habitat Greater Ottawa Board of Directors for all their guidance and leadership throughout the year.

Scott Stevenson
Phil Jensen
Wendy Grimshaw
Lindsay Amundsen
Vincent Wong
Bonnie Martell
Arun Thangaraj
Soley Soucie
Josh Kardish
Kelly Elliot
Merryn Douglas
Dale Booth
Brad Rodgers
Amirah Fayek
Leslie MacLean