2016 Canadian Helen Keller Luncheon

The Canadian Helen Kellar Centre which provides Services for the Deaf-Blind Community hosted the Twelfth Annual Awards Luncheon. Sponsored by The Canadian Foundation for Physical Disabled Persons (CFPDP)  Their efforts to assist the hearing and visually impaired within the community were recognized and awarded this year in 2016 as the event honoured York University.


Guest speaker was Laura Dottori-Attanasio the Senior Executive V.P for CIBC. Laura is involved in many not-for-profit organizations and is passionate about bettering the lives of the disabled in the community.



12th Annual Awards Luncheon

April 12, 2016

11:45 am – Reception

12 noon – Lunch

Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Concert Hall

Honouring: York University


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The 32nd Annual Great Valentine Gala

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The yearly Great Valentine Gala will be held on Saturday, February 6th, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. This gala is the number one fundraising event for CFPDP. The gala has had over 22,000 people attend since it started in 1985, raised over $25 million, and has become a glittering showcase for the unheralded achievements of physically challenged Canadians everywhere. Its driving force has been Toronto businessman, philanthropist and CFPDP founder Vim Kochhar. There will be approximitaly 400 guests attending this years gala. There will be balloons sold for the Tombola raffle, at a value of $60, with a mystery prize to win in every balloon.

The event will begin with a wonderful reception at 6:00pm, hosted in the Ontario Room, where guests will enjoy live music by Canadian singer, David Clayton-Thomas. Guests will have a chance to a beverage and mix and mingle with one another before the night begins. Following the reception, everyone will take their seats in the Canadian Ballroom and enjoy a fabulous dinner at 7:00pm. Starting promptly at 8:30pm the awards will be handed out and the winners at the gala will be invited to take group photos. And finally, after all the awards are handed out the real party will begin. Show Time will begin at 9:30pm as guests will enjoy more fantastic beverages, the best live music possible and great company!Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 1.20.47 PM


Canada’s largest Andy Warhol exhibit has opened in Toronto

July 16, 2015 by  
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Canada’s largest Andy Warhol exhibit has opened in Toronto

Andy Warhol Revisited opened in Toronto on July 1 and is the largest Andy Warhol exhibit to ever come to Canada. This is exhibit provides an engaging and educational walkthrough of Andy Warhol’s development as an artist and his effect on culture which is still evident today. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity so we decided to go and check it out!

The exhibit is not located in a traditional gallery space; 77 Bloor St. West is actually an old Guess store. When Rivlin was making plans to bring the exhibit to Toronto, he knew that Yorkville was where he wanted it to be. “It’s where fashion and finance intersect — at Bay and Bloor. (Warhol) was all about high society and money, but also fashion and pop culture,” says Rivlin.

The exhibit showcases over 120 Warhol prints and paintings. You can find his more famous pieces such as the Campbell’s Soup Cans and Marilyn Monroe, but it was nice to see lesser-known pieces as well. It seems like Ron Rivlin really understands who Andy Warhol was and is ably to perfectly capture Warhol’s personality with this multi-level exhibit. Upon entering, I choose to do an audio tour of the exhibit to learn more about the history of Andy Warhol and his pieces. I highly recommend this as it also gives great insight into his life and provides more details of his art.

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Revolver Gallery is a Los Angeles based gallery showcasing and selling the largest collection of original Andy Warhol pieces. Revolver Gallery was founded in 2012 by Ron Rivlin, a Toronto native who always had a passion for Andy Warhol and his art. Rivlin purchased his first Warhol piece three years ago and has since grown his collection to over 100 pieces. The gallery is mainly comprised of Rivlin’s own pieces.

If you haven’t been yet, don’t worry because Andy Warhol Revised is open until December 31. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for youth and students and children under the age of five are free! It’s conveniently located and so cheap so there’s no excuse to miss it.

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Address: 77 Bloor St. West

Time: Tuesday- Sunday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., closed Monday.

Price: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 for youth and students and free for children under 5

Website: https://warholrevisited.com/


Bright Nights, Bright Dreams – Charity Soirée

September 22, 2014 by  
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“Making dreams come true for kids living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.”

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On November 13th  2014, the 3rd Annual Charity Soiree “Bright Nights Bright Dreams” will take place – so save the date! The event is supposed to bring dreams to life for children with life-threatening illnesses or physical disabilities. Before this year is out, Sunshine will have fulfilled dreams for over 7,000 children! It is the second annual nationally branded event here in Toronto.

Join us for a theatrical evening in support of The Sunshine Foundation of Canada. There will be great special features like a unique tasting experience, a candy buffet and hors d’oeuvres and refreshments! For sure not only the kids will love that. There will also be some special guests – who is kept in secret so far. Last but not least dream silent auction items are available.

When: Thursday, November 13, 2014 – from 6pm to 9pm

Where: The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning SickKids, Toronto

Get tickets here!

In support of Sunshine. Dreams for kids since 1987

Fundraising For Haiyan Relief in the Philippines – Head Shot Day

imageNovember 22th, 2013 was a very special day for  fundraising for Haiyan Relief in the Philippines. The event was held by The Motionaries and supported by CityEvents social media divison: CitySocial at Haworth, a modern office furniture store. The aim of the event was to raise funds by offering a professional headshot at only $50. All proceeds were donated to World Vision in their initiatives to provide emergency relief to children and families affected by the calamity.

Haworth was the perfect venue for that event, with their modern furniture and a cozy atmosphere right downtown. The guests could relax on the comfortable sofas in the waiting area and enjoyed refreshments before their photo shot. More than 80 guests came to give their support and get their professional head shot. People were happy to have the chance to update and take a new head shot by the corporate photographer Donna Santos and felt it was a win win.

The fundraising was a true success as the Motionaries and supporters raised $4443.16, plus $300 in pledges to World Vision which the government has matched resulting in total of $9486 raised.



The photos of the event can be found at:

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