The 2013 Celebration of Sailing Gala
Saturday, April 6, 2013
The Boulevard Club – Toronto
The Ontario Sailing “Viva la Fiesta” Gala was held at The Boulevard Club in Toronto on Saturday, April 6th, 2013. It was the 11th Annual Celebration of Sailing fundraising evening for Ontario Sailing and many of the guests really took the Fiesta theme to heart and there were some fantastic outfits.
The night started with a cocktail hour where people could browse and bid on the 131 silent auction items and socialize with sailing friends they may not have seen over the winter months. The Mexico de Noche Mariachi Band provided some wonderful live entertainment and PartyPix was there with their green screen giving guests the opportunity to dress up in fun props and pose for pictures to take home as photo souvenirs. Pierre Gagnon once again donated all the wine to and hosted an exotic wine tasting station. Pierre has extensive knowledge of wines and enjoys educating those who purchase his wine.
The evening continued with a wonderful dinner provided by The Boulevard Club and the presentation of the “Legends of Ontario Sailing Award” for 2013. The recipients of this year’s award were “The Founders of CORK” … Roger Green, Bill Cox, Paul Henderson, Lynn Watters, Sandy McPherson, Bart Dalton, Cam Jones, George Goodfellow, Russ Scrim, Harry Jemmett, Jack Orgill and Doug Keary. Vice President of Canadian Yachting Magazine, Greg Nicoll, made the presentation to the award winners.
This year we are excited to welcome CTV news anchor Bill Hutchison as the emcee for the evening. Guests had a great time participating in the annual ‘heads & tails’ game and the fantastic live auction that saw great competition on many of the items. The evening rounded out with the Gala Candy Table, a guest favourite every year, and dancing to the music of The Weathered Legs – the Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club house band.
Thank you to all who were able to attend the Gala this year and to those individuals and companies that donated to the success of the evening. With everyone’s help we were able to raise funds that will go towards the development of sailing in Ontario!