Scrubs in the City 2016 gala benefiting SickKids (The Hospital for Sick Children), was held at the Evergreen Brickworks and raised a record-breaking $800,000.00 for a new 3T MRI Machine. The new machine makes the whole MRI experience more comfortable for the patients. Over the years, Scrubs in the City has contributed more than $4 million to the purchase of MRI machines. This year had an attendance of 900 guests who enjoyed the night dedicated to London and all things British.

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Upon entering the Evergreen Brickworks, one could immediately feel the British vibe. The venue was decorated with Union Jack colours of red and blue, a British red phone booth, white and metallic furniture (as befitting royalty), plaid chairs, a photo of Winston Churchill, “Keep Calm and Carry On” signage, and various roses. The Beatles tribute band, The Mockers, performed the classic songs of the 1960’s. A group’s vignette with a wall of fresh red roses, created by Caspar Haydar Designs was stunning and made the perfect photo opp. There was also a photo booth with a backdrop of the Tower of London.

The evening was co-chaired by Molly Fitzpatrick and Lucinda Kogan.
Guests could bid on silent auction items via a tablet. There were fantastic raffle prizes to be won including a $30,000.00 gift certificate for a new car from Dilawri, a vacation package with two flight tickets to London and seven nights at the Savoy, and pear shaped pink tourmaline cabochon diamond necklace and earrings from Penwarden Fine Jewellery.

The food, provided by Toben Food By Design, was delicious British fare. There were several themed food stations throughout the venue: “Sunday Roast Carving Station” had herb roasted Angus beef tenderloin, Boudin English sausage, turnip Yukon potato purée, and brown butter Yorkshire pudding

“East London Curry Station” had Goan style yellow lamb madras curry, butter chicken tikka masala curry, and vegetarian chana masala curry. All were served with ginger cardamom coconut basmati rice. The curries were accompanied by fresh papadams, and mango chutney, chilli-mint chutney, and cucumber raita.

“Oxford Pie Shop Station” had braised pork pie, halibut and lobster pie, Angus short rib and wild mushroom pie.

An evening jaunt by “Colchester Lake Station” had slow roasted wild salmon served with cockle leek celeriac black summer truffle chowder and pickled heirloom carrot-pea tendril salad.

There were also passed hors d’oeuvres like goat cheese and tomato puffed pastry and classic fish & chips.

Desserts included mini sticky toffee puddings, mini treacle tarts, French macarons, mini strawberry shortcakes and mini banana Nutella trifles.

For the bar menu, there were interesting cocktails like Indian Gin and Tonic with Boodles Gin, Cran-raspberry vodka lemonade, Cucumber Sangria, Lemongrass lime Thai basil Mojito in addition to Pimm’s Cup, Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Trecione Chianti, Iron Maiden Trooper Ale and Alexander Keith India Pale Ale.

For entertainment there was a choir singing classic songs like “Under Pressure” and then Sole Power Productions dancers got the audience on their feet. Later in the evening, the Spice Girls tribute band came on stage and sang several of the group’s top hits.

The VIP tables were decorated with British treats including Walkers potato chips and Ruffle chocolate and Cadbury Curly Whirly, and Polo peppermint candy.

Among the notable guests attending were committee members Suzanne Rogers and Sylvia Mantella as well as fashion designer David Dixon and interior designer Glenn Dixon.

(photos by Tanya, to see the complete photo gallery, please visit our Facebook album)

It was an outstanding evening, and we are already looking forward to supporting SickKids again at Scrubs in the City 2017, where the theme will be Marrakesh.

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