Toronto, June 2, 2017 – Last night, The Hospital For Sick Children (SickKids) brought a taste of Marrakech to Toronto. The 16th annual Scrubs in the City in collaboration with Mantella Corporation, was probably the hospital foundation’s best event-to-date. The vibrant colour, fashion, design, and tastes of Morocco were well represented. They even brought in real camels, a hawk, and an owl. Held at the indoor/outdoor venue The Evergreen Brickworks, guests immersed themselves in authentic Moroccan décor, food, and entertainment. It was impressive to see just how well the guests jumped on the Moroccan costume theme. From incorporating Moroccan prints, wearing elaborate gowns, and Moroccan-inspired jewelry to wearing authentic Djellabas – it was resort style sensory overload.
To date, the annual event has raised more than $5 million in support of some of the most critical needs at the hospital, including $650,000 last week. In addition to ticket sales, silent auctions were held during the event where guests (and non-guests) can win luxury one-of-a-kind items such as a Breakfast at Tiffany’s experience, a private catered shopping event for 25 at The September Townhouse, and numerous luxury hotel stays at Fairmont properties worldwide. Bidders can access the auction items via www.skscrubsauction.com. Guests could have further supported SickKids by participating in a draw for a chance to win a dream vacation package which included business class flights with Turkish Airlines and seven nights’ accommodation in a Jr. Suite at any Fairmont or Raffles location worldwide, or a $30,000 gift certificate for a vehicle of their choice from any Dilawri Group of Companies location across Canada. The total value of auction and draw prizes was over $100,000. Crazy!
Located in downtown Toronto, SickKids is Canada’s leading centre dedicated to improving children’s health and home to Canada’s largest, hospital-based child health research institute, caring for more than 100,000 patients every year. By attending Scrubs in the City 2017, guests helped to raise funds for a renewed, re-imagined SickKids – with cutting-edge operating suites, more room for families, and more room for the innovative technologies that will deliver better outcomes for kids. Such a great party for such a great cause. If you missed this year’s, it’s highly recommend that you make it out to next year’s Rome-themed event. La Dolce Vita! But you’ll have to nab tickets quickly as this year was sold out.
Photos: George Pimentel for Sick Kids Foundation