All-Star Gala 2017 in support of SickKids Hospital
All-Star Gala 2017 in support of SickKids (presented by West of Contra) took place on June 16, 2017, at the Arcadian Court. There were over 1200 stylish guests in attendance, including Toronto Maple Leafs‘ Connor Brown, New Jersey Devils‘ Luke Gadzic, Arizona Coyotes‘ Lawson Cruise, Washington Capitals‘ Christian Thomas and Rockford IceHogs‘ Mika Latta.
SportsNet’s Evanka Osmak who hosted the evening introduced two exceptional guests, Danae Mavrides and her twin brother Daxon. Danae is an adorable seven-year-old who was born with a rare heart condition and is SickKids Hospital‘s ambassador. They had the opportunity to meet Connor Brown, and as a complete surprise, they also received a DreamWorks family cruise donated by Redtags.ca
Since it’s inception, the All-Star Gala, founded by Cam Healey and James Blackburn, has raised over $200,000 for the SickKids Foundation. The Foundation is the biggest charitable funder of child health research, learning, and care in Canada. This year’s proceeds from the event were directed to the SickKids’ research project that develops procedures to eliminate brain damage in infant open heart surgery patients.
The gala was an exciting evening featuring a cocktail reception with an open bar, silent and live auctions and live entertainment. When you entered, there was a model dressed up as the red carpet. The theme of the silent auction was “sports,” and some of the items available to be bid on were autographed hockey sticks, posters, and jerseys from Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors, Maple Leaf Gardens memorabilia, and a Mohammid Ali tribute poster. Other auction items included a bottle of The Macallan 12 yr old scotch, Heath Ledger as the Joker painting, spa gift baskets, dinner for two at Pizza Libretto and at The Chase.
DJ Intrinity played great tunes to keep everyone’s energy high. A magician did up close card tricks to entertain the guests. There was an amazing breakdancer, and there were also interactive hockey games to play. Patrons also participated in a scotch tasting of Deanston, and Bunnahabhain (12, 18 and 25).
Other guests attending included CP 24‘s Jamie Gutfreund, Kayla Marie-Wiliams and Travis Dhanraj, and Jenna Bitove.