Category: gala

Stems of Hope Gala: Heroes Among Us

The 3rd Annual Stems of Hope gala boldly proclaimed to have an un-precedented event filled with amazement, entertainment and education.  Walking right in the decor of the retro superhero theme was a delight for guests both young and young-at-heart. It was quite confusing to have the different themes of a gala (at the Kool Haus of all places), with superheroes mixed with old school rap but that’s what made this gala really fun.  Somehow it all just worked and it’s…

Each year the Brazilian Carnival Ball attracts over 1,800 guests and raises more than $2 million making it one of the largest fundraising galas in Canada and reaching international reputation (in September 2002, the Ball was held at the Château de Versailles in France).  More than $55 million net has been donated to important causes in healthcare, research , education and culture in Canada since Anna Maria de Souza started it in a small Toronto church basement in 1966.  The…

Hosted by Linda Evangelista and Dean & Dan Caten of DSQUARED2, notable celebrities gathered for an upscale, fashionable and glamourous evening for the final MAC Viva Glam Fashion Cares fundraising event in support of men, women and youth living with HIV.  The event then continued inside for music performances by the Scissor Sisters and Janelle Monae.  Sir Elton John himself performed Tiny Dancer, Your Song, renditions of Rocket Man and Crocodile Rock.  The finale, I’m Still Standing, with over 20…

Celebrating Jamaica’s 50th Year of Independence, the Jamaica 50 Gala was a well-attended event held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre featuring Master of Ceremonies Dwight Drummond and Anne-Marie Mediwake and guest speakers including Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty (who arrived to much fan-fare). The “1962 reception” featured DJ Eugene Chang and about 4 tables of Appleton Estate each with their own variety of Jamaican rum cocktail and each table had a ballot to vote for our favourite Appleton Estate bartender. …

Young professionals gathered at Maro for the Mount Sinai Soiree for a night of black-tie chic, fashion and opulence. The Sinai Soiree showcased lingerie from Italian fashion house Cosabella and luxury shapewear line, ResultWear.  Models from Scene Queen and Nuvo Burlesque delivered tantalizing performances. Ben Mulroney, anchor of ETalk on CTV, opened the elegant black-tie evening with his own personal reflections on the importance of fundraising for women’s health and cancer research at Mount Sinai Hospital. Knowing that Food Dudes…

We had an opportunity to interview Sandra Whiting, the co-Chair of the Gala and Performing Arts for the “Jamaica 50” celebration. The Jamaica 50 organization itself is 2 years old and started with the goal of celebrating Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence (1962 to 2012).  Funds raised will help to pay tribute to Jamaica. Sandra Whiting says that Jamaicans have been in Canada since the 1700s with the Maroons followed by waves in the 50s and 60s.  Jamaicans love Toronto…

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