Villa Charities Annual Report 2019 - Page 28

“ It ’ s important to stop and think about how Toronto was built . There was a human cost to it .”
March 23 , 2019
“ Home on the Streets ” Art Exhibition :
Global News , January 30 , 2019
Internationally acclaimed artist Marco Sassone ’ s “ Home on the Streets ” exhibition made its Canadian debut at the Joseph D . Carrier Art Gallery in January 2019 . The artist ’ s collection of paintings and drawings , which depict the tragedy of homelessness and his personal connection to this issue was profiled in an interview by Susan Hay on Global News .
“ City Builders ” Art Exhibition :
CBC News , March 23 , 2019
Another exhibition , “ City Builders : A History of Immigrant Construction Workers in Postwar Toronto ,” was the focus of a CBC News feature when it opened at the Columbus Centre in March 2019 . Villa Charities partnered with York University and Myseum Intersections 2019 to host the multi-media exhibition , which told the story of thousands of construction workers who built Toronto – most of them newcomers to Canada – and the dangers they faced .
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VILLA CHARITIES VILLA CHARITIES  Columbus Early Learning Centres Restaurants and Event Services Villa Charities’ Restaurant and Event Services Department excelled in 2019, with increases in the number of patrons and managed events, and positive feedback for exceptional food and service. Ristorante Boccaccio Ristorante Boccaccio served 11,469 diners in 2019, a 6% increase over 2018. The restaurant’s continued participation in Toronto’s Winterlicious and Summerlicious programs, and the popularity of its Theme Nights featuring cuisine and culture from various regions of Italy, played significant roles in this success. 2019 was a year of both significant change and success for Columbus Early Learning Centres (CELC). The CELC’s Columbus Centre and new St. Charles Catholic School locations operated at full capacity, and the Centro Abruzzo location operated at approximately 90% capacity. 28 | In September, the Centres’ school age programs moved from Casa Del Zotto to two neighbouring schools, St. Charles and Regina Mundi Catholic School. This made it possible to expand enrolment by 38 families and, for the kids and their parents, it means there is no longer a need to travel between school and childcare. Consolidated Annual Report 2019 Plans were solidified for the Columbus Centre location to move into the newer and nearby Casa Del Zotto facility in 2020. Separately, Centro Abruzzo was approved by the City of Toronto to accept subsidized families, which will support future enrolment levels. More than 1,144 new and returning guests attended Ristorante Boccaccio’s Winterlicious and Summerlicious event, a 37% increase from the previous year. Another 427 patrons attended the restaurant’s Theme Nights, which focused on the regional specialties of Lazio, Sicily and Piemonte. Two other Theme Nights presented the cuisine of Friuli-Veneto and Panarda Abruzzese in combination with presentations by the Arts, Youth and Culture Department exploring the writings of Pier Paolo Passolini and poet Gabriele D’Annunzio. Caffè Cinquecento Caffè Cinquecento served almost 71,000 patrons in 2019. Its most popular offerings once again were espresso and coffee, with 43,799 served, and pizza, with 11,017 slices sold. The restaurant built upon the previous year’s success of its Pizza Nel Parco events, serving 977 individual- sized pizzas at nine events. Columbus Event Centre The number of events hosted by Columbus Event Centre (CEC) rose strongly in 2019 over the year before, including an 81% jump in weddings. The CEC hosted 572 managed events, with 60 weddings, 211 social occasions and 271 corporate events. Initiatives undertaken in 2018 to enhance CEC and promote its services, coupled with the efforts of a dedicated sales team and exceptional service from our event staff, led to positive business results and many happy clients in 2019. Consolidated Annual Report 2019 | 29