On Friday June 16, 2017, 1,250 well-heeled guests sipped fine wines and tried their hands at interactive hockey games at the third annual All-Star Gala in support of SickKids held at Toronto’s historic Arcadian Court. Hosted by Sportsnet’s Evanka Osmak, the evening included luxury live and silent auctions, live music and appearances by SickKids supportersConnor Brown (Toronto Maple Leafs), Lawson Crouse (Arizona Coyotes), Luke Gazdic (New Jersey Devils), Christian Thomas (Hershey Bears/Washington Capitals) and Mike Latta (Rockford IceHogs).
The night’s most heart-warming moment came when 7-year-old SickKids ambassador Danae Mavrides, who was born with a rare heart condition, and her twin brother Daxon were surprised with a Royal Caribbean DreamWorks Cruise thanks to RedTag.ca and an on-the-spot crowd-funding initiative. The tiny Leafs fans waiting patiently to hug Connor Brown was a close second!
The gala raised money for a SickKids research project that develops procedures to eliminate brain damage in infant open heart surgery patients, bringing the annual event’s total contribution to SickKids Foundation to over $200,000 since 2015.