24th annual Starlight Children’s Foundation Gala-“Once Upon A Time”@Westin Harbour Castle-Sat.,March 23rd,2019
By A.J.Lam (with Tyler Shaw red carpet photos by Sally Warburton)
On the fairy tale enchanted evening of March 23, 2019, Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada transformed the Westin Harbour Castle into a storybook castle and wonderland for celebrities and supporters for the 24th annual “Once Upon A Time” themed Gala, hosted by television personality Rick Campanelli and presented by Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® Canada, . The magical evening included a special performance by Canadian singer Tyler Shaw in addition to the presence of:
Ann Kaplan (Real Housewives of Toronto)
Christine Rezvanian (Starlight Ambassador)
Cindy Sampson (Designated Survivor)
David Dixon (Fashion Designer)
Grego Minot (Real Housewives of Toronto)
Jee Yun Lee (Television Personality)
Michael Zoffranieri (Fashion Designer)
Rick Campanelli (Television Personality)
Sabrina Maddeaux (Columnist and Television Personality)
Simone Denny (JUNO Winning Musician)
Tyler Shaw (Recording Artist and Actor)
The fairy tale reception, filled with mystical characters and decor from childhood favourites such as Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella, beguiled the many supporters while they enjoyed being entertained by cirque artists and themed activities including a secret garden key raffle, story-book themed photo booth and silent auction. The dinner accompaniment was a live auction and special performances by Montreal’s Cirque Carpe Diem arial artists and Canadian singer Tyler Shaw.
The Starlight Gala is one of Starlight Canada’s largest fundraising initiatives, having raised over $7.7 million since 1995, supporting their in-and-out-of-hospital programming for seriously ill children and their families across Canada. Starlight Canada is pleased to welcome an extensive group of sponsors including Presenting Sponsor Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us Canada and Platinum Sponsor, Air Canada Foundation.
About Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada:
Starlight Children’s Foundation® Canada, led by Starlight Canada’s Executive Director, Brian Bringolf, brightens the lives of seriously ill Canadian children and their families by bringing them joy, laughter and relief. For close to 30 years, Starlight Canada has spread millions of smiles to sick kids through a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home. With your help, more kids and families will benefit from receiving a Starlight Comfort Kit in-hospital or relaxing at a Starlight Day Brightener out-of-hospital.
Support Starlight Canada’s work by visiting www.starlightcanada.org
and by following Starlight on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and subscribing to our YouTube channel.
About Toys”R”Us Canada and Babies“R”Us Canada:
Since 1984, Toys“R”Us Canada has been Canada’s dedicated specialty retailer of toys and baby products. The company brings national brands, exclusive products, innovative loyalty programs and unique partnerships to Canadians at its 82 stores across Canada and through its e-commerce sites Toysrus.ca
. Committed to giving back to its communities, the company focuses its charity efforts on supporting children and their families whether enhancing resources and services, helping development through play or offering encouragement to seriously ill children. Toys”R”Us Canada is a subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited.
About the Air Canada Foundation:
The Air Canada Foundation, a registered charitable organization, focused on the health and well-being of children and youth, was launched in 2012. It offers both financial and in-kind support to Canadian registered charities. Core programs include the Hospital Transportation Program which donates Aeroplan Miles to pediatric hospitals across Canada enabling children to access medical care unavailable locally and the Volunteer Involvement Program which recognizes the involvement of employees in their local community by providing airline tickets to the registered charities in support of their fundraising initiatives. The Foundation, in collaboration with the airline, also engages directly in fundraising activities such as the Every Bit Counts program, which encourages customers to donate loose change of all denominations onboard flights or through airport collection containers, as well as through various fundraising events. The Foundation also offers continued support to major health-related causes that benefit Canadians and is an active participant in international humanitarian relief activity as the need arises. For more information about the Air Canada Foundation and its impact, please visit www.aircanada.com/foundation
We would like to thank Cory Stewart | Embrace Disruption PR for the invitation to this event.