Tribute Dinner

2023 Tribute Dinner

Honouring Frank Giannone

President, FRAM Building Group

Cover of a special issue of Senso Magazine featuring a tribute to Frank Giannone

View the Photo Gallery from the 2023 Tribute Dinner

Another Successful Event

Event History / Event Committee

The 2023 Tribute Dinner was a smashing success. Along with honouring Frank Giannone, we raised over $300,000 for Community Living Mississauga. All funds will go toward summer programs for children and teens who have an intellectual disability.

Over 900 people came together on Thursday, March 23 at the Mississauga Convention Centre and a good time was had by all. Little Peter and The Elegants rocked the house, while a sumptuous four-course meal was served. We heard from the Prime Minister via video and from Mayor Crombie who was at the head table.

Laura Sluce, President, Board of Directors, Community Living Mississauga, took to the podium to talk about the great work we do, before introducing The Martin Family to speak about their experience. Frank’s friends also regaled us with travel stories before the man himself took to the podium. A cheque of $280,000 was then presented to Laura, at which point two long-time friends of Community Living Mississauga added large donations to cap the amount at $300,000.

We thank all our sponsors, donors and participants who came together to show their support for children and teens who have an intellectual disability.

Our Sponsors

About Our Honouree

Frank Giannone is the President of the FRAM Building Group, a Mississauga based development company known for its creativity in planning, designing and building premier residential and mixed-use communities. Building in Canada and the United States, the company builds market housing, seniors housing, and partners with government to build affordable housing.

As a Mississauga resident, Frank has been active in the City and in 2013 he was named one of Mississauga’s Most Influential People by The Mississauga News. He is proud to have been involved with the programming of Mississauga’s Celebration Square from its beginning, and still sits on its Community Reference Group. Frank currently sits on the Board of Heritage Mississauga.

Frank is also the founding director of the Port Credit Community Foundation. The charitable organization has been instrumental in helping to fund a number of community events such as the Waterfront Festival, Paint the Town Red, the Southside Shuffle and many other events. Frank recently completed a nine year stint on the board of the Tarion Warranty Corporation. He was formerly the President of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association, and the Toronto Home Builders’ Association. In 2019, Frank was given the 2019 OHBA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Frank and his wife Marina have four children, and six grandchildren.

Frank Giannone speaking at an Ontario Home Builders' Association event in 2019

About Our Entertainers

Little Peter and the Elegants

The band began in 1973 when eight students at Port Credit Secondary School got together to play 50s & 60s rock ‘n’ roll music. It was a time of nostalgia with the movie American Graffiti in theatres, the musical Grease on stage and the show Happy Days on television. Even though band members have changed over the years, what has remained the same is how the band covers music from the 50s, 60s & 70s the way you remember hearing the songs on the radio.  The current lineup has been together for over 10 years and likes to focus on the vocal harmonies that were so popular back then. The band travels across Ontario to places such as Picton, Collingwood, Kincardine and Niagara Falls, to name but a few. In 2022 The Mississauga News Readers Choice Awards declared the band “Best Local Musician or Band” and “Best Local Entertainment“. The band is thrilled to be a part of Community Living Mississauga’s Tribute Dinner!

Little Peter and the Elegants on stage

Grenville Pinto

Born in Hamilton, Grenville Pinto (a.k.a. ‘G’) has been playing the violin since the age of seven. His musical abilities have been nurtured from a young age with continuous recitals and performances that have resulted in his love for the stage and entertaining others.

He comes from a musical family, with his mother playing and teaching piano, his father who sings, and two sisters who are professional pianists and accompany Grenville regularly. He’s so much more. A complete musician. A showman. An entertainer. An artist. Whatever the genre, no matter the style (from classical to hard rock, Bollywood to pop), G’s singular talents bring favorite songs to life in vibrant, unexpected, brand new ways.

Grenville Pinto playing the violin

Live Auction / Silent Auction

Thanks to our donors, our Live Auction and our Silent Auction help us provide a huge array of awesome items for you to bid on and buy tickets for – from restaurant gift certificates, to home building equipment, to sports tickets, to one-of-a-kind experiences.

Here’s a few to peak your interest:

Coleman 6-person tent: Set up camp in a compact, yet spacious tent with the Coleman® Galileo™ 6-Person Dome Tent. If it rains, this tent Keeps You Dry…Guaranteed™, thanks to the WeatherTec™ system.

Keurig Coffee Brewing System: Place this Keurig commercial brewing system in your office waiting room or break room, and let everyone brew their favorite beverages.

$100 Michael’s Back Door Certificate: Whether you are looking for a quick, casual family dinner, a romantic night out or an opportunity to catch up with friends, Michael’s Back Door, located in Clarkson, has the perfect table for you.

Let’s Roam Gift Certificate: Scavenger hunts are the best way to go out and explore a city. Whether you are local or a tourist, you will have a blast on our adventures. Visit the Let’s Roam website for more information.

If you would like to donate an item, please contact Karen Wilson at