The 5th Annual Fashion Heals for SickKids Hospital 2019 took place at The Atrium at Ricarda’s. The annual event is a one of a kind fashion show where SickKids patients (up to the age of 17) along with their parents, hospital staff and even SickKids’ CEO Dr. Ronni Cohn, strutted across the catwalk. The goal is to raise funds as part of Fashion Heals‘ commitment of $1,000,000 for the new SickKids Hospital as part of the SickKids VS Limits campaign.
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A surprise performance by the award-winning singer/songwriter Craig Smart started the evening with a few of his hits, including “One Life Stand” and “123.” Melissa Grelo and Jess Allen of CTV‘s The Social hosted the night and were very entertaining. Both were quite stylish, wearing designs by Lesley Hampton.
SickKids patient ambassador, Stephanie Clayton, took to the stage to share her journey and how the team at SickKids have made a significant impact on her life. Fashion Heals‘ co-founder and co-chair, Yorkville Rubach Wealth‘s Elke Rubach, spoke about the excellent work of SickKids in helping these young patients.
The fashion show started with the patients showing off their stylish outfits (all curated by La Closette) and bringing much joy to the runway. Each child had a very different story, and their strength, along with the work of SickKids, has brought them back to health. They all looked so fabulous!
After the fashion show, award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Karl Wolf got the crowd on their feet with his performance of his hit songs “Africa” and “Yalla Habibi” to Supergirl-Jadyn Schill, a brave young patient who spent over half of her life battling with brain cancer and recently passed away at age 15.
The event had a silent auction had a variety of items to bid from, including a signed Auston Matthews‘ hockey jersey, and guests could participate in a promotional draw for Toronto Maple Leafs tickets and other items. There was also a retro VW van photo booth to take photos for keeps.
There was delicious food from Ricarda’s, Pasquale Brothers and sweets from The Cupcake Shoppe.
It was a fun and touching evening, paying tribute to the great work of SickKids Hospital.