The stellar sequence of charity events that launched in the United States has finally made their way to Canada – and more specifically, Toronto. The sophisticated, elegant “pop up” fundraisers known as the Bond Affair Dinner Series kicked off on Valentine’s Day and to date, their event rentals committee has successfully executed 2 gala fundraisers this year.
The charity events take place every other month at a magnificent mystery location such as a museum, conservatory, historical location, golf course, art gallery, estate and 5 star restaurant. The events are pre-promoted on Notable, a premier lifestyle guide for young professionals across Canada – but the much anticipated catch is that the prestigious venue is not released until just 2 days before the event!
The first of the two charity events took place at the Hockey Hall of Fame Fri., Feb. 14 with the evening’s proceeds going to “Freeing the Human Spirit” of the John Howard Society. Tigris’ President & CEO was thrilled to have won tickets to the most recent event, that took place at the Bata Shoe Museum, on Fri., Apr. 25 in support of Literature for Life, an organization dedicated to literacy of marginalized young mothers.
The Bond Affair Dinner Series brings the best cultural locations together with the city’s top culinary experts for a unique discovery of Toronto’s splendour. Social, fashion and lifestyle influencers attend the events to support a range of well deserving charitable organizations.
In spite of the rain, the sold out event was attended by 120 guests decked out in formal suits and gowns. Attendees were encouraged to enjoy wine or cocktails and delectable hors d’oeuvres while exploring the museum, participating in photos and previewing the silent auction during the hour leading up to dinner.
The evening featured a delicious 4 course plated and pairing dinner menu prepared by a top industry chef. Courses included a salad, lemon sorbet, rack of lamb with barley and vegetables and creme brulee for dessert. Keeping in theme with location, each table featured a few beautiful stiletto heels instead of traditional centerpieces.
Guest speaker Dwight Drummond from CBC hosted the event while a representative from Literacy for Life described how the funds raised would continue to support the charity. Due to the number of sponsors supporting the event, all of the funds raised go directly to the organization.
Between dinner and dessert, guests had access to another two floors of the museum which features over 12,500 artifacts in total and sadly, too many to be on display all at once. As such, the museum offers three time-limited changing exhibitions as well as one semi-permanent exhibition.
Some of the shoes on display were formerly owned and worn by high profile entertainers including Madonna, Elton John, Justin Bieber, Shaquille O’Neil and Judy Garland (to name a few). Culturally and historically, there were shoes featured from every corner of the globe and dating back several centuries.
The charity events are taking off and the Bond Affair Dinner Series is steadily building its reputation as one of the most prestigious fundraisers for the city’s philanthropists to enjoy and contribute to.