Sheena’s Place is a Toronto-based not-for-profit that offer a broad spectrum of support services for people affected by eating disorders and their families. The charity was founded by Lynn Carpenter and her friends Trudy Eagan and Jane Fenton in 1994 following the death of Lynn’s daughter, Sheena, who lost her battle with Anorexia in 1993 at the age of 22.
At the time, Lynn felt that there was a lack of information and support services available for people with eating disorders and so she, along with Trudy and Jane, decided to explore ideas about the type of place that may have been of help to Sheena. The outcome of their efforts was Sheena’s Place, and since 1994 the centre has acted as a refuge for people affected by eating disorders and their families.
Sheena’s Place offers services that extend across a spectrum of models – from psychological and behavioural to spiritual and traditional, to non-traditional – and these are all provided in a non-institutional and client-centred environment.
The centre doesn’t receive any government funding for operational expenses. Instead it relies predominantly on the generosity and goodwill of individuals and corporations and the proceeds from special events.
This is why the upcoming Fireball fundraising event, which is celebrating its 13th year of raising funds for Sheena’s Place, is a pivotal night on the centre’s fundraising calendar. This year’s Fireball aims to be the hottest in its history, and with notable favourite The Hoxton as the venue of choice, we don’t doubt this year will falter.
The theme for the night is “Through the Looking Glass” – think Alice in Wonderland – and party-goers are encouraged to “escape into a world where there are no rules and where the impossible becomes possible.”
So YPs, be sure to hit The Hoxton on Thursday, October 27th, where you can engage in some serious cocktail sipping, hors d’oeuvre sampling, and of course, bid to help support an extremely worthy cause at the event’s silent auction.