Last night it was definitely a very full house for the sold-out Right to Play Ball in its 3rd iteration with featured celebrity comedian and DJ Russell Peters.

Taking place in the ballroom and terrace at the ever-swanky Shangri-La Hotel, many athlete ambassadors were in attendance including Canadian Olympic athletes Patrick Chan, Rosie MacLennan and many more. Other athlete alumni included Damon Allen (Toronto Argos) and Tie Domi (Toronto Maple Leafs). Shout out to my friend Jonathan Hood of the Toronto Argos.

Although Russell Peters wasn’t there to do comedy, he did crack some jokes before starting his set. And despite being one of the top 10 highest grossing comics in the U.S, he takes his job as a DJ seriously with absolutely no time for this photo with Glen Baxter and Tie Domi.

Glen Baxter, Tie Domi, Russell Peters

Glen Baxter, Tie Domi, Russell Peters

MasterCard Worldwide was the supporting partner for the second time. Congrats to Glen Baxter, Johann Koss, and Candice and Alison Events for another fun charity night.

Journalist and TV personality Glen Baxter started the Right to Play Ball in support of the charity, Right to Play, after self-funding his own charity trips.

“I’m thrilled to be able to say the Right To Play Ball has emerged as one of Toronto’s top philanthropic events. More than just a social setting, this is a great forum to contribute and raise awareness to an extremely worthy charity”, says Glen Baxter.

Also stay tuned with us for details on the new WEST bar at King West, where Glen is one of the 4 owners.

Johann Olav Koss, Right to Play founder

Johann Olav Koss, Right to Play founder

Glen Baxter, Russell Peters

Glen Baxter, Russell Peters

Tie Domi with Suzanne Boyd

Tie Domi with Suzanne Boyd

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R: Ben LeFevre

R: Ben LeFevre

Damon Allen, Tie Domi

Damon Allen, Tie Domi

Jennifer Bassett

Jennifer Bassett

Suzanne Boyd, Zoomer Magazine

Suzanne Boyd, Zoomer Magazine

The party ended with dancing the night away to the tunes of Russell Peters followed by Lapelle Music. But first “let me take a selfie” or in this case, a “groupie”.

Tie Domi and George Pimentel in this group selfie

Tie Domi and George Pimentel in this group selfie

Candice Chan and a photo bomb by Glen Baxter

Candice Chan and a photo bomb by Glen Baxter

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Some tweets from the evening:

ABOUT RIGHT TO PLAY
Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps one million children weekly in more than 20 countries to build essential life skills and better futures, while driving lasting social change. Founded in 2000 by four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national offices in Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Over 600 international staff and over 13,500 volunteer Coaches facilitate our programs. Programming in Canada includes the enhancement of education in priority schools, and the Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program. To learn more visit www.righttoplay.ca

DJ Russell Peters at UNIUN Night Club Sept 7th, 2013 | Photo: Nick Lee

DJ Russell Peters at UNIUN Night Club Sept 7th, 2013 | Photo: Nick Lee

Photos from Right to Play Ball 2013
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Also check out the video from last year’s Right to Play Ball 2013

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