CTV's Amazing People Gala is a huge success this year. The second annual Gala has raised over $100,000 for SchoolBOX and Hera Mission... two local charities that support education in underdeveloped communities.
Some of Ottawa's finest people were honoured at the Gala at the Ottawa Convention Centre on Friday night.
Among those recognized are Jeannine and Dean Otto, who share the title of "Amazing Person of the Year." The couple have devoted their lives to giving back to Roger's House ever since their five-year-old daughter Maddy died in 2007. Roger's House cares for children with life-threatening illnesses, and provides counselling to help families cope with the loss of a child.
Also among the honourees is Wayne McIntyre, who is the CTV Viewer's Choice Most Amazing Person. McIntyre has lead the charge in Ottawa on accessibility issues, health care and education. He's a local legend for helping students at Algonquin College, and this is the educator's 31st year having participated in a Terry Fox event. McIntyre has raised $91,000 alone to fight cancer... and he himself is now fighting the disease for the fourth time.
The money raised by the Gala will help send Ottawa youth to Kenya and Nicaragua to build schools.