Society

5th annual All-Star Gala in support of SickKids

Over 1,250 pro athletes, young professionals and SickKids supporters made their way over to the Toronto Event Centre and succeeded in raising $100,000 for congenital heart disease research at SickKids Hospital this past week.

Hosted by beloved voice of the Raptors Jack Armstrong, the gala featured performances by the Reklaws and Matisse of Keys N Krates. Alongside a luxury silent auction, interactive Tito’s cocktail bar and surprise dance performances throughout the evening, the spectacular event spotlighted 9-year-old SickKids patient ambassador Liam Bleach and his inspiring story of overcoming a congenital heart defect.

The audience was enraptured as his story, one that included multiple open-heart surgeries before his third birthday, played out on screen, and broke into applause as he and his family were gifted an all-expenses-paid vacation to Mexico courtesy of redtag.ca and Palace Resorts.

Notable guests at the star-studded sports-themed gala included Stuart and Jenna Walker, Matisse, Astrid Loch, Kevin Wendt, Luke Gazdic, Ben Thomas, and Dylan Sadowy. 

As the clock struck midnight, the event’s host, Armstrong, burst out into a special rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” The perfect note for the gala to come together for.

 
The Reklaws
Nathan Downer, Gurdeep Ahluwalia
Matisse
Luke Gazdic, Ben Thomas
Lindsey Bleach, Liam Bleach
Liam Bleach, Jack Armstrong
Jack Armstrong, Lindsey Bleach, Liam Bleach
Jack Armstrong
James Blackburn, Cam Healy
Jen Kirsch, Emily Hillstrom
Jennifer Love, Cam Healy
Julie Buczkowski, Angela Pastor
Kevin Wendt, Astrid Loch, James Blackburn
 
Carlos Bustamante
Camila Gonzalez
Astrid Loch, Kevin Wendt