United Hearts @ The Liberty Grand (Fri. Feb. 10th, 2017)

By Bill Kwan

The Gala taking place at the Liberty Grand was in support of Brands For Canada’s United Hearts Campaign. An awarding winning charity that receives donations of new clothes and other basic necessities, that would otherwise end up in junkyards across Canada, United Hearts has made a name for itself in making Canada a better place for everybody. Last year more than 40 million dollars worth of much needed goods were distributed to 64,000 people through 88 social service agencies. The charity foundation further meets the needs of city infrastructure by providing job training , interview preparation, on-site placement programs, student programs, and shelter programs.

The evening was a showcase of incredible talent including; acclaimed painter Shawn Skeir, contemporary dancer Esie Mensah, singer Bianca Josie, musician Peter Gail Williams, designer Vanessa Barbosa, interior designer Michael Holtzman, fashion Santa Paul Mason, acclaimed singer Shakur, Dance Migration & Samba Squad, with music provided by DJ Carl Allen and Layne “The Auctionista”.

The delectable menu was comprised of Butternut Squash Bisque with Apple Compote and Cinnamon Creme Fraiche. Beef Tenderloin medium rare with Truffles Red Wine Sauce as the entree which was accompanied with Potato Galette, Truffle and Chives, Aspiration Heirloom Carrots and Candy Cane Beets. To sweeten the plate, dessert was served up in the form of chocolate Baci Bombe with Cognac Truffle Centre and Roasted Hazelnuts.

The evening continued after dinner with an “After Party” hosted by DJ Carl Allen spinning the tunes til the wee hours of the morning!