6th Annual Glitter Art Deco in Support of SickKids @ The Carlu (Sat, Apr. 27, 2019)

photography by A.J. Lam

It was the 6th annual “Glitter” gala and the theme this year was the  Art Deco splendour of The Carlu for 2019, with guests enjoying a sleek and sophisticated evening featuring photo booths, a variety of food stations, multiple dessert stations and portraits drawn by artists.

The Gala was a rousing success, having raised over $485,000 in support of SickKids; funding cutting-edge cardiac operating suite redevelopment, more room for families, and more room for the innovative technologies that will deliver better outcomes for kids.

This year’s event featured casino games including the first ever poker tournament, food from Toronto’s top chefs and entertainment by comedian Mark ‘Dashan’ Rowswell – the most famous foreigner in China.

Canada and China have a strong collaborative history and since 1995 SickKids has partnered with five Chinese hospitals to build sustainable plans for pediatric care and research. SickKids is committed to education both at home and abroad – the Hospital has worked with 230 Chinese medical observers, 80 nurses from Chinese projects, 41 allied health professionals and management leaders, and hosted more than 46 delegations from China, who have come to the Hospital to learn about treatment standards in specific clinical practices. The Chinese Cabinet and Glitter Event Committee, a group of influential members of the Chinese-Canadian community, partners with SickKids Foundation to host Glitter each year. Over the past five years, through events like Glitter, sponsorship and individual donations the Chinese Initiative has raised over $4 million for the hospital.

SickKids patient Geoffrey Fang, 15, started off the evening with a heartfelt speech recounting his experience at the hospital. Geoffrey became a SickKids patient in 2014, when he began to experience high fevers, no appetite, no energy, and continual weight loss. He was diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a life-threatening disease of the blood and immune system, from which he fully recovered. In 2016 at a routine follow-up, it was found that he had Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a type of cancer with no cure except for a bone marrow transplant. After multiple, intensive rounds of chemotherapy to bridge to the bone marrow transplant, he was admitted to hospital for five weeks in isolation at SickKids while he received this complex treatment.

Through it all, his spirits never wavered. Now in Grade 10 and attending high school full-time, Geoffrey understands the importance of talking about his illness to benefit other patients as well as raise awareness for the hospital. 

100 percent of funds raised by Glitter go towards the redevelopment of a cardiac operating suite at SickKids. This will contribute to a future that will transform the experience of patients and their families. For kids in Canada, this means state-of-the-art care and fewer complications, and for surgeons from China, this means a place to learn and train that will improve outcomes back at home.

For more information, please visit: www.sickkidsfoundation.com/glitter

We would like to thank Lynn Bessoudo of The SickKids Foundation for the invitation to Glitter 2019.