The Daffodil Ball, a Canadian Cancer Society fundraiser, is one of Montreal’s most sought-after annual galas. Of course daffodils – 38,000 of them – reigned supreme. The amazing decor was by Total Events, fabulous floral arrangements by Yves Chénier, perfect seating et al from Location Gervais, and staging by Scène Scapin. Windsor Station’s staircase was festooned with 2,000 of Wordsworth’s favourite flower.Carrying out the Silver 25th Anniversary theme was event planner Alison Silcoff, elegant in a beautiful silk satin Vera Wang and MC Julie du Page, (Ariane Carle) there with hubby Andrew Lapierre.
The paparazzi-busy cocktail hour with Laurent Perrier champagne had a caviar-blini bar by Quintessence. Guest chef Marc Lintanf created the delicious menu, working with with guest dessert chef Patrice Demers under the direction of Armando Arrudo and his team at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth.
Co-chairs were Alfredo Barrios, CEO / president, Rio Tinto, there with Elena Barrios, Stuart Elman (managing partner, Persistence Capital Partners) with Figi Elman; Mario Plourde (COO, Cascades) and Marie Letarte, and Richard Voyer (vp general manager Soprema) with Anne-Marie Fontaine. Committee members were NathalieSchwartz Décarie (with Charles Décarie, Triotech), Katia Piccolino (Ritz Carlton), Nicole Magnan (with Claude Magnan), Martin Rouleau (Engel & Völkers) there with celeb singer Lara Fabian, Jeannie Saunders and Shirley Quantz.
Seen amidst the glitterati were Angelina and Tony Loffreda (RBC), Julia and Stephen Reitman (Reitmans), Mia Melmed Goodman and David Goodman (Pharmascience), Lea GirardNadeau and Harry Grivakis (VVS Films), doctors Meryl Elman and Sheldon Elman (Medisys), Lorna and Michael Denham (BDC), Arielle Meloul-Wechsler and Arthur Wechsler, Michaela and Michael Penner (Hydro Québec),
Isabelle Marcoux (Transcontinental) and Francis Roy, Elaine Léger and Pierre Karl Péladeau (Québecor),Renée-Claude Boivin and Charles Edmond (Scotia Capital); Anissa Goldberg and Mark Goodman (Mirium), Arlene and Andrew Torriani (Ritz-Carlton), Emma Griffin and Neil Bruce (SNC Lavalin), Marie-Josée Simard and Alain Bellemare (Bombardier), Emma Griffin and Neil Bruce (SNC Lavalin), and Renée Kessler and past gala chairNorman Steinberg (Norton Rose Fulbright), who congratulated Alison on her success.
Also seen were Bita Cattelan, (in Carolina Herrera) there with hubby Paolo Cattelan, Meaghan and Brian Porter (Scotiabank),Emma Griffin and NeilBruce (Lavalin), Marie-Lise Andrade (Fondation Lise Watier) and Martin Couture (Sanimax), Belle and Ernie Grivakis (VVS Films),
Louis Audet (Cogeco) and Jocelyne Francoeur-Audet, MarcParent (CAE) and Isabelle Bégin, Marcia Wetherup and Brian Bronfman, and Jéhanne Simon (L’Oréal Canada). Guests loved Fuse, the headline act from London. The virtuoso musicians played on $1 million Swarovkski-encrusted violins. No wonder the music sparkled!Corporate partners included Cascades, CIBC, Cogeco, Desjardins, National Bank, TD Bank, Lowe’s Canada, McKesson Canada, Power Corporation, Rio Tinto, Scotiabank, Soprema, Soucy and TC Transcontinental. the Canadian Cancer Society attendees were Suzanne Dubois, executive director Quebec division, and Pierre Richard, board vice-chair. The elegant eve raised $2 million for the Society.