Up­per Canada Col­lege holds an auc­tion like no other at the ROM

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It was a glit­ter­ing soiree that lured daz­zling and dash­ing pa­trons to the Royal On­tario Mu­seum for the sold-out Up­per Canada Col­lege Be­lieve in Blue Gala. The big brouhaha was held to raise money for in­creased needs­based schol­ar­ships, up­grades to the Up­per School sci­ence wing and en­hanced board­ing fa­cil­i­ties and pro­grams.

Af­ter walk­ing the blue car­pet, the night started with an ex­ten­sive cock­tail re­cep­tion where guests pe­rused one of the most lav­ish silent auc­tions you have ever seen. It in­cluded ev­ery­thing from Palm Beach get­aways to tickets for just about ev­ery sport­ing match pos­si­ble. Master of cer­e­monies Ben Mul­roney wel­comed the crowd of nearly 600 (and did such a good job that he may have se­cured en­try for both his adorable twin boys at the same time) as they sat to a gourmet din­ner prepared by North 44 and wines sup­plied by Mag­notta. The live auc­tion was equally as im­pres­sive, boast­ing close

to 20 ex­pe­ri­en­tial items, in­clud­ing a round of golf and lunch with ac­tor Hugh Grant in Eng­land, a fash­ion­able get­away to the Shangri-la Ho­tel in Paris for fash­ion week and/or a din­ner for eight with Rush lead singer Geddy Lee in the sto­ried wine cel­lar of Bar­be­rian’s Steak House.

“It’s all about giv­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary boys an ex­tra­or­di­nary op­por­tu­nity,” UCC prin­ci­pal Jim power en­thused. “The night was a great suc­cess, and a huge rea­son why was the benev­o­lence of the many peo­ple who do­nated unique and valu­able items to the gala’s silent, su­per silent and live auc­tions. Auc­tion­eer Josh Gold was ex­hausted while try­ing to keep up with the fu­ri­ous bid­ding.”

It was an im­pres­sive list of bright lights lend­ing their sup­port, al­most too many to be able to men­tion, but here it goes: Hockey Hall of Fame mem­ber Paul Cof­fey and wife

Stephanie; Toronto Rap­tors pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager Bryan Colan­gelo and wife Bar­bara Bot­tini; Onex Cor­po­ra­tion’s An­drew Lapham and wife Caro­line Mul­roney Lapham; phi­lan­thropist and for­mer New Brunswick lieu­tenant-gover­nor

Mar­garet Mccain; for­mer sen­a­tor Michael Meighen and wife Kelly; Air Canada chair­man David Richardson and wife Kathy; tele­vi­sion host and in­te­rior de­signer

Sarah Richardson and hus

band Alexan­der Younger, founder De­sign Lab; au­thor, speaker and me­dia, tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion ad­vi­sor

Don Tap­scott and wife Ana Lopes; cel­list Ofra Harnoy; tele­vi­sion host and in­te­rior

de­signer Holly Mik­las and tele­vi­sion host and de­vel­oper

Paul Mik­las; singer Eleanor Mccain; Ox­ford Prop­er­ties CEO Blake Hutch­e­son; TD Se­cu­ri­ties vice-chair and head of eq­ui­ties and TD Bank Group ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent Rob

bie Pryde. Gala co-chairs Pat and Michelle Mene­ley did an im­pres­sive job of rais­ing a whop­ping $1.5-mil­lion for UCC. Ru­mour has it many danced into the wee hours of the morn­ing. Bravo!

Prin­ci­pal Jim Power and wife Mary. Gala co-chairs Michelle and Patrick Mene­ley. Bryan Colan­gelo and Bar­bara Bot­tini. Jody Howe, Jeff Howe, Pa­tri­cia Fitzger­ald and Stephen Dou­glas. Sarah Richardson and Alexan­der Younger. Jo­hanna Mug­ford, Jas­min...

Greg and Stephanie Ma­hon.

Kai and Patrick Fe­jér.



Ed­ward and Frances Lee. David and Joanna MacDougall. Judy Schulich and David Stein. Kevin Bar­tus and Molly Shoichet. Lau­rel Linet­sky-Fleisher and Danny Fleisher. UCC board mem­ber Russ Hig­gins and wife June with UCC board chair­man Andy Burgess and...

Liz and Matt O’Brien.

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