On behalf of the Friends of the Museums of Mississauga, we would like to thank our sponsors and patrons for your ongoing support. Thanks to you, the Friends are able to provide financial support to the Museums of Mississauga while celebrating the history of this wonderful City we call home.

Haunting of Harding House  
2019 Fundraising Event

On Thursday, October 24, 2019, the Friends of the Museums of Mississauga hosted a hauntingly unique fundraising event featuring author and paranormal investigator, Richard Palmisano. The event was held at the Harding Waterfront Estate, a house very familiar to our guest speaker – you see, Richard spent three years investigating the hauntings of the resident ghosts.

With Halloween just one week away, guests were greeted by carved pumpkins, eerie fog and of course, the ghosts of Harding House courtesy of Mississauga Museum interpreters in full vintage costume and ghostly makeup! 

Following a reception of hors oeuvres and complimentary signature spirit developed especially for the event, guests listened as Richard Palmisano shared his journey investigating the history of the house and the ghosts who still haunt its walls. One of the ghosts of the house is Danny Boy and during the presentation, his spirit was brought to life thanks to a lovely rendition of the song Danny Boy. Throughout the evening our ghost actors appeared outside peering in through the windows causing guests to shudder with surprise. Other ghosts of the house are a bride & groom who have been seen many times by visitors to the estate. These loving ghosts were also brought to life and served the dessert for the evening, a wedding cake with the words “Til Death Do Us Part”.

Fundraising events such as The Haunting of Harding House cannot happen without the support of sponsors, volunteers and of course, our guests for the evening. To everyone, thank you for your continued support. We appreciate it. And to Richard Palmisano – thank you for sharing your journey with us and for helping us better understand the paranormal experience and the Haunting of the Harding House.

Funds generated at the event will be used for the enrichment of family events and educational programs held at the Museums of Mississauga throughout the year.

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Thank you to our sponsors & friends!

Lead Sponsor:

Spirit Sponsor: 

Ghost Sponsor:
Alice R. Fahey Insurance Agency Inc.

Friends Sponsors:

  • Courtesy Pharmacy
  • Gary Betts, RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage
  • Glenerin Inn & Spa
  • Laura Allpress, Vice President, Investment Advisor, TD Wealth
  • Meridian Credit Union
  • Metro, Clarkson Crossing
  • Ortech Consulting Ltd.
  • SELS Holding Co. Inc., Scott Newhouse

More Sponsors – Thank you!

  • Ambiance of India
  • Battaglia’s Marketplace
  • Capra’s Kitchen
  • Clarkson Home Hardware
  • Clarkson Mediterranean Bistro
  • Friends Board Members
  • Heritage Mississauga
  • Herridge’s Farm Fresh Market
  • LaSem Bakery
  • Mango Rain
  • Michael’s Backdoor
  • Museums of Mississauga
  • Newhouse Travel Limited
  • Sam McDadi Real Estate Inc.
  • Sheridan Nurseries
  • Solstice Restaurant and Wine Bar

Burlington Welsh Male Chorus
2019 Fundraising Concert 

The Friends of the Museums of Mississauga presented a special fundraising concert, on Saturday March 23, 2019, performed by the Burlington Welsh Male Chorus.


The concert was held at St. Bride’s Anglican Church, 1516 Clarkson Road, Mississauga L5J 2W9 ( just across the street from Benares) and attended by 200 people. Proceeds from the concert are used to support various Museum activities. 

That’s what Friends are for  
2015 Summer Gala  

On Thursday, June 4, 2015, the Friends of the Museums of Mississauga hosted their 16th annual fundraising Gala in support of the Museums of Mississauga.  Over the past 15 years, the Gala has raised over $160,000.


Thanks to our guests and sponsors, the 2015 Gala raised over $22,000!!!

On June 4th, our guests experienced a very different Gala from previous years – simply said, a re-invented Gala complete with a new name – That’s What Friends Are For Gala.  The Gala welcomed twice as many guests offering them full access to the historic Holcim Waterfront Estate.  Our guests embraced the 1930s theme, many arriving in formal wear reflecting the era.  As they arrived, they were welcomed by two Model A Ford cars where a photographer was ready to capture the moment.


Gala Jazz
Relive a Great Gala. (Click on the picture)

Guests also enjoyed a beautiful view of Lake Ontario on the Estate’s back patio while they mingled during the wine reception, one stop shopping at the silent auction in the Harding House, and fine dining while listening to smooth jazz in the outdoor dining tent.

Relive the Gala night here on this tribute video kindly put together by Jazz Plazma.

Fireworks @ The Summer Gala

And for the grand finale – spectacular fireworks lighting up the night skies over Lake Ontario.  What a memorable night!!!


A fundraising event such as the Gala cannot happen without dedicated volunteers, wonderful guests and supportive sponsors – That’s What Friends Are For!


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Essential to the fundraising at the That’s What Friends Are For Gala are the Silent Auction and the LIVE Auction. Friends of the Museums of Mississauga thank all of our donors, and encourage you to support these community-minded businesses who have contributed to the Auctions, with your patronage!

  • 4 Cats Art Studio – Port Credit
  • Alice R. Fahey Ins. Agency Inc., State Farm
  • Stella Ambler MP
  • Anne Fabierkiewicz
  • Anthony’s Hair Salon
  • Bleu Venue Events
  • Camille Muller
  • City of Mississauga – Clarkson/Port Credit
  • City of Mississauga – Lakeview Golf
  • Colio Estate Wines
  • CRH Canada Group Inc.
  • Dolly Mixtures for Hair
  • J.W. Davis Insurance Brokers Ltd.
  • Doug Auld & Son Butchers
  • Emina Music
  • Erin Mills Limousine Services
  • Forget Me Not Flowers & Decor
  • Friend of the Friends
  • Friends of the Museums of Mississauga
  • Grace Ryder
  • Great War Flying Museum
  • Hardwood Ski & Bike
  • Hershey Centre
  • Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Oakville
  • Home Hardware – Clarkson
  • Integra Tire Auto Centre
  • John Grant Haulage
  • John Pegram
  • Joyce Delves
  • Julie Morris, Broker – Royal LePage
  • Karen Kingsbury
  • Karyn Butt
  • Kathleen M. Yeoman, Legal Professional Corporation
  • Ladner’s Clothiers
  • Linea Hair Studio/Day Spa
  • Living Arts Centre
  • Lorne Park Jewelers
  • Lynn Still, Sutton Group Real Estate
  • M&M Auto Service & Repair
  • Maplecrest Farm
  • Melanie’s Nails & Esthetics Studio
  • Melfort Cottage
  • Michael’s Back Door Restaurant
  • Michael’s Hair, Body, Mind
  • Mira Coghlan
  • Mississauga Quilters Guild
  • Mississauga Steelheads
  • Museums of Mississauga
  • Nesmeh’s Retreat
  • Paintscapes
  • PAMA
  • Pet Valu, Clarkson
  • Piatto
  • Power Institute
  • Reunion Island Coffee
  • Second Wind Pilates Plus
  • Sheridan Nurseries
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • South Hill Designs
  • Square One
  • Stampin Monsters
  • Ste. Anne’s Spa
  • SVS Marketing
  • The Artist’s Friend
  • The Barn
  • Walden Circle Retirement Corporation
  • Wee Rent It, Clarkson
  • White Rock Media (the
Wood Carvings
These stunningly accurate tree carvings were created by Jim Menken especially for the That’s What Friends Are For Gala Auction, sponsored by The Friends of the Museums of Mississauga.