On Thursday, March 26th, 2015 it was a packed house at the Toronto Reference Library (Bram & Bluma Appel Salon) for SNAP! 2015.

Presented by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), SNAP! is a lively annual photography auction. Featuring both a silent and a live auction, the photographs are taken by both up-and-coming and established photographers.

If you were searching for some quality photography to grace your walls, this annual charity gala is where you can browse a curated selection of local, national, and global artists.

Auction items included select pieces from Vivian Maier’s collection, the renowned Chicago nanny known for documenting street live through thousands of photographs who rose to quick fame in the photography world after her death in 2009.

It didn’t necessarily have to break the bank either; many silent auction items came with affordable price tags, and the live auction collection was valued at $300-$6,000.

Aside from the photography, highlights included music by DJ Sumation, drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres, a guest list that included 500 of the city’s finest and most fashionable, and – for some – the handful of very sculpted men who presented the auction items.

All funds raised at SNAP! help support ACT’s programs and services for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Such funds are vital – more people than ever are living with the virus today in Toronto. ACT develops programs and services that respond to the changing needs of HIV-positive communities.

Now ACT’s prime fundraising event, SNAP! started with humbler beginnings, and started at the Berkeley Church before growing popularity forced it to relocate.

For more information about the Aids Committee of Toronto (ACT) visit www.actoronto.ca

Lead photo from SNAP Toronto on Facebook.

Photos below by Daniel Wanis-Ruiz for SNAP.

Also, check out our coverage from SNAP! 2014.

Photos of SNAP! 2014 by Nick Lee


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