Celebrating its twentieth year, the Silver Ball, a fundraiser for Providence Healthcare presented by Sun Life Financial Canada, took place at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Providence Healthcare has been a leader in providing rehabilitation, palliative care, long-term care and community outreach in Toronto since 1857. In fact, my own mother spent two months in rehab there not too long ago and they delivered exceptional care.
Guests entered the fundraising event on a red carpet and were greeted with a signature cocktail – vodka with cranberry and raspberry juices. Many event goers waiting to take their photo in the piano lounge enjoyed the wonderful canapés – salmon on a blintz, bruschetta, and lobster cakes.
The longevity of the event speaks to the support of Providence Healthcare as does the many, many silent auction items that were spread out over three rooms for viewing. Many accessories were available such as Coach handbags and Swarovski crystal jewelry. Vacation packages to Amanyara (valued at $44,000) and Bahamas seemed ideal given the current temperature in Toronto! Original artwork, electronics, food and drink packages, gift baskets, health and beauty packages, sports packages and more were donated for the silent auction. In total, there were over 140 items to choose from!
As expected, the dinner at the Royal York was flavorful, well presented and prepared. It included a smoked Nova Scotia salmon, scallop and shrimp salad to start, mushroom crusted beef tenderloin as the main and a handmade chocolate tulip filled with an amaretto cheesecake to finish the meal.
The evenings emcee was Ken Shaw, editor and anchor of CTV news. Live vocal entertainment, promotional draws, and special performances by Shawn Brady and Elevation took place on the main stage. The Chairman of the Foundation Board of Directors, Bob Cronin, announced to the President and CEO of Providence Healthcare, Josie Walsh, that the event raised $700,000! A donation of $500,000 by Sun Life Financial Canada meant that the Silver Ball raised over a million dollars for Providence Healthcare! All in all, a VERY successful evening and event!
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