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The Heart And Soul Of Fighting Cancer | Featuring Grafton Apparel's George Richards

By July 22, 2018January 6th, 2022No Comments

Liberty Silver (left) and Enrico Galante (right), wowed the crowd with an unforgettable experience. Over 60 attended the inaugural Grafton’s Got Talent event held at George Richards on Dundas St. E. in Mississauga. Proceeds raised for this event was an impressive $1511 thanks to the generosity and support of colleagues, family and friends.

The Heart And Soul Of Fighting Cancer
Featuring Grafton Apparel’s George Richards


We are very pleased to share with you highlights of the first ever Grafton’s Got Talent Night held at George Richards on Dundas, in Mississauga, on June 24th.
Ray Reeds, District Manager, challenged his store managers to come up with creative ways to drive the Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) donations.
Grafton’s Got Talent, in support of the FTEC campaign, blossomed into a memorable evening of musical entertainment and friendship.
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“We sang, danced, shared stories, told jokes, raffled away loads of prizes, enjoyed pizza and refreshments, and had many belly-laughs together.  It was a magical evening!  We hope to build on these cherished memories in support of the FTEC campaign and look forward to hosting the 2nd Grafton’s Got Talent Night next year!  We hope that you will be able to join us.

There was about 60+ in attendance.  Proceeds raised from this event was an impressive $1511, thanks to the generosity and support of everyone – our families, friends, and colleagues!

Special thanks goes to Ed Portillo, Store Manager of Kingsport, for serving as our Emceee and Enrico Galante, Canada’s #1 Saxophonist and performing artist, for being our Sound Engineer.  Huge thanks as well to our celebrity performers, Liberty Silver (the recipient of 3 Juno Awards, 1 Grammy, 5 R & B Music Awards) and Markus (Juno-nominated and YTV, Treehouse, and Popular Children’s Performer). We feel honoured that our guest artists came out to support the Grafton’s Got Talent Night-FTEC campaign with a lot of love to share and huge hearts!”

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Thanks to Ray Reeds, District Manager, Nasser Rifai, VP of Store Operations, Lance Itkoff, CEO, for their unwavering support from the beginning.  With Ray, Nasser and Lance’s support, the idea to host a first ever Grafton’s Got Talent Show became a reality!
Grafton-Apparel head office staff pulled together to support this event with generous donations for give-away prizes, awesome marketing campaign and promoting, as well as event planning and set-up. Special thanks goes to head office staff: Erika from the Senior HO team, Leni and the Marketing team, Maura and Sue from the HR Dept, Luigi and the Buying team, and Toby.

Though this evening’s main focus was about supporting a worthy cause (FTEC) and inspiring hope, it was much more than that—-the evening brought us together in community (our families, our friends and colleagues), forging new friendships, and creating a safe and welcoming space to share our talents.  We were so musically inspired by our outstanding guest performers:  Enrico Galante, Liberty Silver and Markus.

We would like to thank all of our talented performers – Pero, Abdullah, Rosanna, Anna, Aly, Chanel – for entertaining us throughout the evening.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Grafton’s Got Talent Night in support of the FTEC—for this very worthy cause!

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“Many of us have been affected by cancer in some way—a friend, a family member, a colleague or a neighbour may even be struggling with cancer right now.”

As ambassadors for the Fight To End Cancer, the team from Tip Top Tailors and the entire Grafton Apparel family, continue to inspire those around them.  For the Grafton Family, it’s important to have compassion for one another and to invest in the community, because…


The Grafton Family have put so much heart, soul and dedication into the Fight To End Cancer, we can’t thank them enough!  We are always looking for more people and companies ready to take on the fight and if you’re interested please Contact Us or Join The Fight!
Together we can end cancer once and for all!!

About Grafton Apparel

As the leading Canadian retailor of men’s apparel, Grafton Apparel operates through its retail chains; Tip Top Tailors, George Richards, Mr. Big & Tall, and Kingsport Big and Tall Clothiers.