The dinner setting by Designing Trendz at the Teddy Bear Affair

This year’s annual Teddy Bear Affair had the theme of 1920’s era Paris, France in a decade known by many as “LES ANNÉES FOLLES” or the Roaring Twenties.  The theme drew influences from Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgterald. The evening brought over 1,000 of the GTA’s influential and senior executives, co-hosted by Toronto Adriano Belli from the Toronto Argonauts, and Jennifer Hedger, TSN Sportscentre anchor.  It was apparent this was one of the classier galas in Toronto by the attire of the guests dressed to the nines but at the same time it wasn’t too stuck-up, as the guests and the atmosphere encouraged fun.  The decor from our friends at Designing Trendz helped to transport us to the timeframe as well as the French costumes, accordion player and busker-style entertainment. It was one of the best decorated galas we’ve been to at the Metro Convention Centre.

There were many activities to enjoy such as one-on-one handwriting analysis, aura reading, a large silent auction and also a really great live auction.  The “Tiffany Bear” raffle tickets came in the form of cuddly Tiffany & Co branded teddy bears that came with the purchase of a raffle ticket. It was great to see philanthropists picking up bundles of the teddy bears!

Great moments from the Teddy Bear Affair for Children’s Aid Foundation performances by The Dance Company, and especially the performance by Juno award winners, Glass Tiger.  That’s right – the one and only Canadian rock band right from Newmarket Ontario you remember from the ’80’s!  As soon as they got on stage, guests young and old flocked to the dance floor and had a great time.  Best of all, over $1 million was raised for Children’s Aid Foundation!


The Children’s Aid Foundation is a national organization committed to improving the lives of abused, neglected and at risk children and youth through prevention, enrichment and education.

As a registered charity, we raise funds to implement programs across the country that give disadvantaged children and youth the skills and support they need to reach their full potential.

To learn more visit

A lucky raffle prize winner winning the grand prize from Tiffany & Co given by Adriano Bell from the Toronto Argonauts and Jennifer Hedger, TSN Sportscentre anchor

A lucky raffle prize winner winning the grand prize of a Tiffany & Co Platinum and Diamond Victoria Bracelet valued at $18,645

Alan Frew, Glass Tiger performing at Teddy Bear Affair

Alan Frew of Glass Tiger performing at Teddy Bear Affair

Alan Frew, Glass Tiger performing at the Teddy Bear Affair

Alan Frew, Glass Tiger performing at the Teddy Bear Affair

Loving the Tiffany teddy bear!

As fun as the evening was, most importantly we must remember that Teddy Bear Affair raises funds to improve the lives of disadvantaged kids across Canada. Watch Children’s Aid Foundation’s video “Support and Hope”.

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