We hope you brought your business cards if you hit the Arcadian Loft for last night’s Waterball.
Packed with some of the city’s most influential young professionals (YPs) – but not too packed that you couldn’t move without being spilled on or too loud that you had to nod and pretend to hear what others were saying – the stage was set for ample social and professional networking.
The event is an initiative of Sunnybrook Next Generation. The YP group of ambassadors and volunteer advocates engage a new generation of supporters through awareness initiatives, fundraising activities and active participation in the community of Sunnybrook Hospital. The proceeds will be allocated to support innovative heart devices at Sunnybrook Hospital. The event began with a sold-out golf tournament (The Waterball Cup) held at Angus Glen Golf Course.
In addition to forgetting business cards, another mistake was eating beforehand. There was no shortage of food – O&B food, at that. Ample food stations courtesy of Oliver and Bonacini were fully stocked with things like a poutine station (with toppings that included bacon, pulled pork, mushrooms and cheese), smoked BBQ brisket station, and an assortment sliders. Or you could opt for one of the passed hors d’oeuvres (the deep-fried cheese was shamelessly seconds-worthy).
Unlike some charity events, where the silent auction is tucked away in a corner, guests were greeted with all the goods up for bids before they even entered the main room. Hot items included a private charter flight to New York ($8,000), golf play (and stay) at the ultra exclusive Redtail Golf Course for four people ($4,000), and a full bespoke men’s suit from Christopher Bates ($2,500). Other favourites were certificates to some of the city’s hottest restaurants, a Gucci wallet and Raptors tickets. As forward-thinking as the cause that the event supports, the silent auction was bid online.
Other event highlights included a table of sunglasses up for grabs upon arrival (because taking group shots in matching sunglasses never gets old) and a golf-inspired photo wall.
Though we had to head out before 10pm, the party was really getting started when we left, guests filing out of the elevator as we got in.