Wow! The 19thannual Daffodil Ball was completely fabulous this year. Lobster, caviar and champagne greeted guests arriving at Windsor Station, transformed with the theme of Alice in Wonderland.
The event was sold out almost a year in advance. Tickets were $750 but only available to donors of $2,000 and more. Tables were $25, 35, and 50,000.
Toronto-based Décor & More was hired to create the spectacular Alice ambiance, a nod to the 150thanniversary of Lewis Carroll’s first telling of the Alice tale.
The towering table arrangements, created by Yves Chénier, were, yes, made of daffodils. A few of my favourite things: a pretend caviar egg – actually a little LED light; the sparkly white rabbit costume – flown in from Las Vegas’ Cirque du Soleil; ; a myriad of Mad Hatter tea parties, with pretty cakes; boxwood topiaries, huge chess pieces, and of course the clocks, to show every one ‘‘You’re late, you’re late’’ – just like the book. The White Rabbit ran around telling everyone. And Alice, wearing the requisite hair band in her long blonde hair, blue dress with Peter Pan collar, wandered beatifically amidst the long gowns.
The main hall was festooned with mammoth playing card-chandeliers. And then there was the star-studded arrivals, including media celebs emcee Virginie Coossa (with François Bazinet), Karine Vanasse (Maxime Rémillard), Sophie Durocher (Richard Martineau), and Mitsou (Iohann Martin).
Co-chairs were Paul Pathy, president and co-CEO Fednav, (there with his wife Marie-Michelle), Calin Rovinescu, president and CEO Air Canada, (with Elaine) and Jacynthe Côté, chief executive, Rio Tinto Alcan.
Guests included Marie-Anne Tawil and Michel Vennat, Penny and Gordon Echenberg, Constanza and Javier San Juan, Linda and Ian Greenberg, Meryl and Sheldon Elman, and Belle and Ernie Grivakis.
Noted amidst the bejewelled crowd were Dominique Bertrand (with a classic chignon and diamonds) and Jacques Maurice,
Esther Bégin and John Parisella,
Suzan Moreau and Jean-Guy Desjardins,
Susan McPeak and Charles Sirois, Christiane Germain, Monique Jérôme-Forget, Pierre Karl Péladeau, Solange Dugas and Lucien Bouchard, Isabelle Hudon and Gilles Coulombe,
event planner Alison Silcoff, Nathalie Schwartz and Charles Décarie, and Lucie and Pierre Boivin. The glorious gala raised $1.67 million for the Canadian Cancer Society.