Sparkles, gems and royal wool
Bay Street Powerhouse Laura Dottori- Attanasio, f ashion icon Jeanne Beker and Bridgepoint champion extraordinaire Catherine Nugent were among those who descended on the Ritz Carlton Toronto for the much anticipated Great Jewellery Heist, presented by CIBC. After tucking into a hearty luncheon, the guests perused the jewels and upped the bids on many a sparkler donated by top luxury brands, designers and Toronto’s most fashionable socialites. Over $ 400,000, was raised in support of Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, part of Sinai Health System. When Rochelle de Goias Jackman started Girls E- Mentorship ( GEM), just five years ago, she set out to make a difference for young women. Founded in 2012, the nonprofit organization offers an innovative mentorship program for female youth facing educational, demographic or social limitations. To celebrate the special milestone, GEM partnered with Saks Fifth Avenue to host an evening of shopping, fuelled by lovely wines and delish canapés. Co-hosts urging the glamorous crowd to put their best heel forward included it-girls Laila Deluce and sister Desiree Furlong
along with stunner Jennen Phelan. You could hear a pin drop as de Goias Jackman addressed the audience and shared her experiences working with disadvantaged young women and the tremendous impact that these mentoring relationships made. A portion of the funds raised at the event were donated by Saks Fifth Avenue to Girls E- Mentorship (GEM). With a royal wedding to look forward to, it is only fitting to give a nod to the recent opening night celebrations of the 95 th Annual Royal Winter Agricultural Fair. Boldface names invited by Prince’s Charities Canada ( PCC) attended a fashionable party hosted by the Fair and His Royal Highness’s (HRH) Campaign for Wool.
Fashion muses Sylvia Mantella and Melissa Grelo wore custom outfits made from Harris Tweed designed by John Muscat of LINE and Mikhael Kale. Her Honour Elizabeth Dowdeswell sewed her own beautiful cape!
The Campaign for Wool is an educational campaign and global endeavor, initiated by HRH, to raise awareness of the unique, natural and sustainable benefits offered by wool. Convened in the United Kingdom in 2010, the Campaign now operates in 12 countries around the globe. PCC brought the Campaign for Wool to Canada in 2014. Jolly good!
The 95th Annual Royal Winter Agricultural Fair in blue ● The Great Jewellery Heist in red ● Girls E- Mentorship (GEM) charity event in gold ●
Catherine Nugent, Louis de Melo and Shantelle Bisson
Bernadette Morra, Senator Jerry Grafstein and Carole Grafstein C.M.
Veni Iozzo, Susan Rimmer and Laura Dottori-Attanasio
Femme Fatale Heist models
Melissa Grelo, Her Honour Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Sylvia Mantella
Amanda Sherrington and John Sherrington
Arwen Humphreys and Julie Nesrallah
Renee Welling and Velvet Haney
Anya Nordstrom and Jan Gandhi
Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow
Amber Choudhry and Jeanne Beker
Matthew Rowe and Trish Bradley
Bob Vaux and Diana Vaux
Mark Fell and Dawn Fell
Scott Connolly and Mary Lee
Jeannine Volpe and Elizabeth Harding
Jamie Phelan and Hayley Matus
Angelina Pun and Liz Esson
Rochelle de Goias Jackman