Starlight Children’s Foundation Gala 2018
Sponsored since 1998 by Toys”R” Us and Babies”R” Us, the twenty-third annual Starlight Children’s Foundation Gala 2018 was held at the Fairmount Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Other sponsors include Platinum Sponsor, Michaels Canada; Gold Sponsors, Barrick Gold and Bloom Lanys Professional Corporation and Silver Sponsors, The Air Canada Foundation, Corus Entertainment Inc., Hasbro Canada, Mattel Canada and Yvolution.
This year’s theme was “Fly Me to the Moon”. Guests checked in with a Starlight flight attendant for the reception where wine was served on a conveyer belt. The out-of-this-world décor showcased some well-known personalities from Star Wars such as Darth Vada himself! Celebrities in attendance included Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Actor, Kim’s Convenience), Erin Agostino (Actor, Murdoch Mysteries), Josh Trager (Sam Roberts Band), Joey Niceforo (Former Canadian Tenor, Recording artist), and Ann Kaplan (Real Housewives of Toronto). Hors-d’oeuvres of braised beef, poached pears, and goat cheese crostini and were passed around during the cocktail reception.
In the lobby, this year’s Collectible Starlight Sloan Bear was available for purchase as well as surprise grab bags. Hosted by television personality Rick Campanelli, attendees were treated to an all-star lineup of entertainment including special performances by JUNO-award-winning musician Simone Denny and Twisted Ankles Dance Crew. The Starlight Children’s Foundation partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world with more than 1,750 healthcare facilities. Last year, children benefitted 384,000 times from Starlight’s in and out of hospital programming. For dinner, guests enjoyed earthed truffle mushroom and ricotta ravioli, roasted stuffed chicken supreme, vegetarian moon pot pie, and Milky Way dark chocolate mousse and star cookies which made both children and adults happy. “Making children smile. Helping families cope.” For more information about the Starlight Children’s Foundation, please visit their website: http://starlight.org