Despite the snowstorm that wreaked havoc on the city last Friday, February 8th, Muzik was packed with young professionals (YPs) for not-to-miss charity event motionball. The sprawling nightclub was transformed into an icy winter wonderland, with no shortage of silver beads and branches and an ice-inspired dance floor. Like other years, motionball 2013, Winter Wonderland, presented by Air Miles, drew the city’s finest, most stylish young professionals and charity circuit regulars for an evening of networking, mingling and a good cause. motionball is a non-profit organization that benefits the Special Olympics Canada Foundation (SOCF), a charity whose objective is to provide funding for athlete and volunteer recruitment and training for each provincial and territorial chapter through a series of nationwide sporting and social events, including the motionball Galas.
Highlights included an Iceberg Vodka Ice Lounge, an “ice” dance floor, a mixology bar from YP favourite Wesdloge, a performance by Crash Dex, and a 44-piece symphony orchestra who performed a Beatles montage. As usual, the VIP reception kicked off at 7pm with a more intimate food and cocktail-filled event before the doors opened to the rest of the party guests at 9pm. The objective for the 2013 gala was to sell out in advance with 1500 guests and to raise over $250,000 for the SOCF. The event managed to raise over $300,000, thanks to high ticket sales and the impressive silent auction, which included everything from platinum Toronto Maple Leaf tickets to courtside Raptors tickets, to spa packages, trips to the Caribbean, signed jerseys and 50-inch 3D TVs and iPads.
Since 2002, motionball has organized and executed more than 70 events in seven major Canadian cities and has generated over $3,000,000 for the SOCF to date – impressive for a charity that is only 12 years old.