Taking an old-fashioned elevator up to the 6th floor at the Burroughes building brought us into a lively charity party surrounded by 300 fashionably fabulous people in a fun and entertaining atmosphere complete with a DJ, photo booth, silent auction, casino and carnival games and premium bar. There was even a giveaway for a Vegas trip.

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It’s an annual charity night out organized by Toronto Plays in support of the charity Right to Play – an international humanitarian organization that uses the transformative power of sports and play to educate and empower children facing adversity. All proceeds of the event have been donated to this charity with the hope that children have the opportunity simply to play. Play is crucial for a child’s development having a profound impact on social skills, problem solving and self confidence.

The importance of the Right to Play cause brought out some notable personalities including the night’s co-hosts Natasha Staniszewski, a TSN reporter and host for SportsCentre, and David Amber, anchor for NHL on the Fly on the NHL Network. Special guests included Right to Play Athlete Ambassadors, Alexandra Orlando (2008 Beijing summer Olympian and rhythmic Gymnast), Jason Burnett (Olympic silver medalist and world record holder in Trampoline), and Martin Reader (Olympic beach volleyball player).

It was as fun night out to help make a difference in the lives of children around the world. Congrats to Toronto Plays for reaching their goal of raising $20,000 for Right to Play Canada.

Stay tuned for the annual Right to Play Champions event in 2015!

For more info about Right to Play visit www.righttoplay.ca

Check out the quick video of the evening of Toronto Plays Right to Play Champions by Render Media Inc

Photos by James Hsieh
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