By: Sarah Hui
On Friday, February 26, 2016 the Rotaract Club of Toronto had their annual fundraiser, this year’s theme was The Gatsby Speakeasy where the proceeds would be going to Sketch.
The event was held at The National Club on Bay Street in downtown Toronto. There were over 200 tickets sold and a number of performances.
The MCs for the night was Avaah Blackwell and Sterling Carter who hyped up the crowd and kept the energy flowing between performances. The first perfromance of the evening was a David Bowie Tribute Band. David Bowie supported arts based organizations targeted towards youth which is similar to what Sketch stands for.
Next we kicked it up a notch and had two dancers from BeesKnees teach individual and partner swing dancing. The dance floor was full of people trying out some moves from the roaring 20s.
This was followed by a speech from the President of the Rotaract Club of Toronto, Sarah Hui, along with the Past-President of the Rotaract Club of Toronto, Neisely Eugene. Anytime an event is planned, the scariest thing is that nobody would show up, this was luckily not the case and the Rotaract Club of Toronto was very thankful to everyone who attended the event and contributed towards the success of the evening.
Next we had Dale Roy, Marketing and Creative Communications Coordinator from Sketch give a couple words. He mentioned the importance of Sketch as it creates opportunities for young people ages 16 to 29 living on the margins. Through the program at Sketch they experience the transformative power of the arts; to build leadership and economic self-sufficiency in the arts; and to cultivate social and environmental change through the arts.
Finally, Charmie Deller, singer/songwriter from Sketch performed. She is a Haitian born artist currently living in the cities west-end, who began singing at the age of nine. She is self-taught and plays guitar, piano, drums and harmonica.The night started off honouring the roaring 20s in line with the Gatsby theme but transitioned to an energic and fun Top40s mix later on in the night.
There were other highlights including:
- an area where photos were being taken
- 3 tier-cake from Mimsicle Cakes
- for our silent auction and raffle, there were some great items including Cole Hann Wallet, Coach Wallet, Wine, Arbonne Beauty Basket, Archery District Vouchers, Escape Games Canada Giftcard, Toys from Spinmaster, One Round of Golf from Mississauga Golf and Country Club, Argos Tickets, Chocolate Basket, Mary Kay Gift Bag, Zaya Oils Gift Bag, Paintings, Macaron Making Class, Jewlery and other wonderful items
- platters of food
- people dressed up in their Gatsby inspired outfits full of pearls, feathers and beautiful jewlery
Finally, this could not have been possible without the hard work of The Gatsby Speakeasy Committee which comprised of Sarah Hui, Neisely Eugene, Katherine Kirkpatrick-Wahl, Aislynn Austin, Sterling Carter, Avaah Blackwell, Earlyn Etienne, Adam Edris, Mark Hui and Jasmine Lin.
Also, on the night of the event, all of this wouldn’t be possible without the help of the amazing members of the Rotaract Club of Toronto who donated their time and volunteered at the event.
[Photos will be posted here in the coming days https://www.facebook.com/torontorotaract/]