21st Annual Starlight Gala”Under The Sea”@Fairmount Royal York(Sat.,April 16th,2016)
By BK on the SCENE
This year the 21st Annual Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada celebrated with the theme of “Under The Sea” and it was a spectacular evening of live music, aquatic dancers, A Mermaid model and water life decorations displayed all over the event hall. It was truly a Water theme and all for a good cause. Entertainment Canada’s Rick Campanelli was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and $860,000 was raised from the event, a record-breaking number!
It is estimated that 5.5 million dollars is raised yearly towards programs to help the seriously ill children and their families.
Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada is a charitable organization dedicated to bringing laughter, joy and hope back into the lives of children with serious illnesses. For over 20 years, our in-hospital entertainment therapy and out-of-hospital fun family adventure programs have brought smiles to children when they need it most.
Starlight Children’s Foundation partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world.
For over 24 years, Starlight Children’s Foundation has been transforming the lives of Canadian children who live with serious illness and their families. What makes us unique is that we are there for the entire journey—from the emergency room to recovery.
While in-hospital, Starlight provides distraction, entertainment and relief from the stress and boredom of hospitalization.
When out-of-hospital, Starlight children benefit from our ‘Escapes’ and ‘Wishes’ programs— giving them an opportunity to leave the ‘sick’ behind, create special family memories and return home with a renewed sense of strength and hope.
Starlight is looking to expand to more hospitals and in more communities across Canada. The need is tremendous—and it is only with the generous support of our donors and partners that we will be able to reach and impact these special children, who so greatly benefit from our programs.
Your support makes our Starlight programs possible – help us reach more of the over one million children in Canada who live with serious illness or life-altering injury.
Some of the activities included: Raffle Tickets, a silent auction, A live auction, Souvenir Photos and Starlight Bear Sales.
Celebrities in attendance included:actress Jayne Heitmeyer, actor Larry Day, actress Ana Gotja, actor Ricardo Hoyos, musician Tyler Shaw, vocalist Simone Denny, Alison Dore, Jonathan Hood, T.V.personalities-Hilary Farr/David Visentin, Victoria Baldesarra
The after party dance music was provided by “Magen Boys Entertainment DJ” who had the crowd dancing ’til the wee hours of the morning. This year a Tiki Bar theme was transformed in the adjacent banquet hall.
We like to thank Daphna Nussbaum of Storia P.R. for the invitation to the Starlight Gala.