As it happens, the season of entertaining, of festive events that bring us and our peers together to break bread–or martini–is also the season of giving. If you’re reading this, you likely have the luxury of being able to make a difference in your community this season. We at Milli certainly do, which makes us so excited to fill our calendar with fundraising events. This month, we are participating in two special events for noble causes.

First, on the evening of Tuesday November 15th, the 13th Annual Zareiunu Fashion Show. Hosted by fashion icon Jeanne Becker and made possible thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, proceeds from the event will go to Zareinu, an educational and therapeutic centre for children with a wide range of physical and developmental challenges. For over 25 years, Zareinu has provided its students with evidence-based programs in personalized Jewish-learning environments. Click here to purchase tickets, sponsor a model, and learn more about the cause.

The 10th Annual Bloor Street Entertains (BSE) will take over the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood on Wednesday, November 30th. The event connects Toronto’s most esteemed business and philanthropic leaders to support the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR). Guests are invited to dine in Bloor-Yorkville’s most beautiful shopping venues, sitting at tablescapes carefully crafted by Toronto’s floral and decor experts, and experiencing four-course dinners made by the city’s best chefs… During the event guests will have access to BSE’s online boutique, silent auction, and ultimate draw. Join us in our store as we host a dinner by Chef Cory Vitello of Harbord Room fame, with flowers and decorations by Frank from Forget Me Not Flowers. This year, BSE falls on the eve of World AIDS Day and projects to raise $1,000,000. If we don’t see you at Milli, we hope to see you at the after-party hosted by the Royal Ontario Museum, with music by international DJ Hector Fonseca! Click here for ticket information.

Before the busyness of the holiday season takes over, we hope you can take a moment to reflect on the year, be thankful for everything it brought, and find a way you can give back. As seasons change, we can all remind ourselves that giving back is seasonless–that small acts of kindness, to generous donations, can be shared with those in need year round.