Georgina Reilly, Murdoch Mysteries

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Anwar Knight | George Pimentel Photography

Anwar Knight | George Pimentel Photography

Georgina Reilly, Murdoch Mysteries

Georgina Reilly, Murdoch Mysteries

There’s no shortage of giving (and there shouldn’t be) when it comes to helping children who are seriously ill. Starlight is the only charity in Canada that helps these ill children both in and out-of-hospital from diagnosis and throughout the course of their time of need. Starlight has been helping Canadian children and their families for over 20 years. So it’s no wonder that 700 people including many celebrities came out a gala to support a charity that helps these most needy children.

“This year will mark our most successful gala to date. We’re absolutely thrilled with the amount of support and generosity from all attendees, volunteers, and celebrity talent. The money raised helps us to deliver our in-hospital and out-­of-­hospital programs and brighten the lives of seriously ill children and families.” said Starlight President, Christopher Barry.

BestofToronto.net’s Flora Tran says: “I liked how it was a circus theme, full of candies and circus-themed performers. It’s like a reminder for adults of what it was like as a kid and for the charitable guests and the sick kids to have a fun night.”

Attendees enjoyed a renaissance carnival theme with a circus ringmaster, fire eaters, a strong man, stilt walkers and a bearded lady. There was lots to enjoy including cotton candy, chocolate, popcorn and a 4 course meal. There was a large selection of auction items with an entire banquet room at Fairmont Royal York dedicated to silent auction. It was a popular room to be in with a great variety of amazing items to bid upon. The 18th annual gala’s presenting sponsors were Toys R Us and Babies R Us Canada.

Congrats on raising over $450,000 on this special evening! Proceeds go directly to Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada’s in and out of hospital programming to give kids the opportunity to laugh, play and be kids again.

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Taysha Fuller, Degrassi

Taysha Fuller, Degrassi

The auction room

The auction room

Some notable tweets from the evening:

ABOUT THE STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION

Starlight is the only charity in Canada that helps seriously ill children in and out-of-hospital from diagnosis through the course of their care journey.

Starlight has been helping Canadian children and their families for over 20 years.

Watch this short video to watch the magic that happens when you donate to Starlight Canada.

For more information including ways to give please visit starlightcanada.org

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