Canadian Stage held its annual fundraising gala Theatre Ball on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Arcadian Court.
The evening was hosted by Canadian Stage’s very own stars, Rick Miller and Carly Street of the hit production, Venus in Fur.
Guests including Mayor John Tory and his wife Barbara Hackett were treated to an early cocktail reception followed by a 3-course meal sponsored by Intact Financial Corporation and prepared by Oliver & Bonacini Events and Catering.
Emmy Award-winner Lance Horne and New York theatre darling Taylor Mac kept the audience entertained while food was being served. Mac then marked the highlight of the night by forcing a kiss on our mayor John Tory!
Following dinner was a live auction featuring great prizes such as a unique experience with Stan Douglas, an internationally renowned visual artist, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (sold for $14,000); a raffle prize draw for a custom made jewelry piece by Solitaire Jewellery (valued at $6,780); and a silent auction featuring a great collection of fine wines and unique experiences.
Toronto’s own Maylee Todd then took over the DJ booth and kept everyone grooving with a mix of Motown and old-school R&Bs.
Theatre Ball 2015 attracted over 300 guests including notables Amanda Lang (anchor for The Exchange with Amanda Lang on CBC), Betsy Putnam (Theatre Ball chair), Matthew Jocelyn (Canadian Stage’s artistic & general director), Su Hutchinson (managing director) and her husband Graham Mitchell, Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow (Bustle Clothing founders), Helen Burstyn (Evergreen board chair & The Pecaut Centre for Social Impact co-founder), and Sanjay Singhal (Audiobooks.com CEO).
Over 30 tables were sold at $10,000 each and proceeds of the night will go to supporting Canadian Stage’s artistic programming, community programs, development activities, and education outreach initiatives.
(photos by Tanya)
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