We were recently invited to the Buy Art Not Kids (B.A.N.K.) Media Preview over at CBC studios. B.A.N.K. returned for its annual fundraising event in support of Ratanak International; a Canadian charity that rescues and rehabilitates child sex trafficking victims in Cambodia. The artwork set to be featured at the fundraiser on April 4th will feature the work of over 30 acclaimed Canadian artists and 14 senior students from Havergal College, where the event will be held.
My favourite piece!
“The Idea: Art can build up, or tear down; it can raise hope or trigger devastation. It communicates truth, or spreads lies. The ability for art to powerfully evoke such things has been noted throughout the centuries. But can art really change the world? Without acting on it, the change that art points us towards is lost. Art itself cannot change the world, but art can change people. And people can change the world! The B.A.N.K. (Buy Art Not Kids) Art Auction will celebrate the connection between art and its call-to-action by showcasing ‘art that inspires’.”
Rachelle and I :): B.A.N.K. was founded in 2011 by Rachelle and Stephen Kearns. As a mother of two she is highly motivated to take the compassion she feels and create tangible change.
Make sure to show your support and get your tickets!!
We were recently invited to the 2nd annual Gala of Light, which benefits Street Haven at the Crossroads, and was hosted by television personality, Melissa Grelo, Co-Host, and CP24 Breakfast/News Anchor. It was a lovely night of fundraising, eating delicious appetizers, sipping tasty cocktails, laughing and catching with some of my favourite bloggers, not to mention a mind blowing performance by Universal Music Canada Recording Artist Divine Brown!
About the Gala of Light and Street Haven:
“This event was established by a group of power-house women to bring awareness to marginalized women in downtown Toronto. Street Haven at the Crossroads is a multi-program agency that was established in 1965 to serve homeless women. Viewed as our biggest fundraising event of the year, The Gala’s attendees include a diverse audience of 350+ socially aware, influential, trendsetting, men and women across all industries, including: financial services, entertainment, fashion, and media. Street Haven has been part of our city for 47 years and counting providing thousands of homeless women with safety, support for recovery and a road to self-sufficiency. We invite you to be a sponsor, donor and community ambassador to a very special organization. This year our fundraising initiative is Operation Soul Food, bringing fresh, healthy, food options to our clients. In addition to providing wholesome food, Street Haven’s women help grow a small community garden that provides great therapy to our clients and serves as a culinary asset in the kitchen to have fresh herbs on hand. Our long-term plan is to expand the program to include yoga instruction, access to memberships to YMCA facilities, meditation and food preparation classes.”- Shannon Wright
Thank you for inviting us!
The 4th annual Frocktail Party was a huge success with more than 600 guests who came out to support the JDRF. This year’s event had a record breaking auction – nearly doubling the previous years raising $30,000. The Frocktail Party 2012 raised a total of over $55,000 which brings the four year total to nearly $150,000.
Some of this year’s auction highlights include a custom suit from Garrison Bespoke taking the title of highest selling item, Suzanne Rogers Marchesa gown was the highest selling dress and the Smythe blazer donated by eLUXE sparked a major bidding war.
Notable guests from the evening were Suzanne Rogers, Johnny Hockin, Tommy Ton, Stephen and Kirk from Greta Constantine, Jenna Bitove, Ainsley Kerr and John Muscat from Line Knitwear and Fashion Blogger Jay Strut.
Photos by: http://oinkandcoo.ca – Lauren Green & David Han
On Thursday night, swimwear line Cascata Blu treated us to a fashion show and an event to raise funds and increase awareness for the A Hi Kulene Area Development Program and World Vision Canada at MARO Supper Club. The fashion show featured looks from Cascata Blu’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection, paired with “African-inspired” jewellery created and donated by a variety of Canadian designers.
Thank you so much to Cascate Blu and Magnet Creative for inviting us.
peace and love
Obama was in Austin,TX on Tuesday and so i thought to myself “It would be really great to see him” come to find out tickets were 1000 dollars a ticket, so yeahhh NO BUENO! I thought was most interesting is that secret service setup cameras evvvvvvvvvvvvvverywhere around the area he was in. Im sure secret service is gonna have a blast looking back at that video and watching the teachers who were just recently laid off as they protested and their chant was “Down with deportation and up with Education” . Overall i wish i could have just seen the man to be, oh well i tried and its all good because i saw him in Colorado when he campaigned there. NEXT TIME!!! 🙂
Last weekend I attended the Mount Sinai Hospital Breast Cancer Fundraiser called Yoga in Motion. It was a very inspirational and knowledgable event. I left feeling content and inspired to take on the world. There were some women that I had talked to, who basically did it all: work, raising kids alone- since they were single moms, and battling breast cancer. I don’t know how they did it, but they did and that was truly amazing.
The event was fun, and really busy. Here are some shots!
The ladies and men, starting off their yoga.
The lovely ladies from Cooking Greens. Such delicious food! I want more!! *swoons* – Bella you foodie, you would love it!
I met Rebecca from Arbonne. And she was lovely of course. PLUS she told me about these little bad boys. Basically they are tiny little candy like protein chews. Mmmm.
Marc from Sweets from the Earth, told me about their cupcakes and how their frosting are made from lavender flower petals. I almost died. PLUS he also gave me a free sample of chocolate fudge cake, and I LOVED IT! And it’s all natural and good for you- bonus!
I met Beth Godfrey the jewellary designer. And ladies I was in love with her stuff. I wanted it all. And I still do. These particular bracelets are to support Yoga in Motion/ Mount Sinai Hospital. And they are only $10. Check out Beth Godfrey Jewellery.
That’s it for now. It’ was a great event and I thank Whitney and Oriel for inviting me out. Can’t wait for next year!! Check out Yoga in Motion for other sponsors/vendors/people and what ways you can help.