April 28, 2014

Sparkle Party in Support of Sheena's Place

Did you know that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness?  In the Greater Toronto area (GTA) alone, it is estimated that more than 240,000 individuals will suffer from this issue in their lifetime. Sheena’s Place offers a wide variety of professional support groups and services for individuals, family and friends of those affected by eating disorders. Sheena’s Place is the only organization of its kind in the GTA helping to fill the gap in the health care system for eating disorders.

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural #SparkleParty in support of Sheena’s Place at The Drake Hotel with my friend Kate. This event was so well organized and executed. It was absolutely beautiful. The #SparkleParty took over all the venue rooms at The Drake Hotel from 7pm-11pm. The main floor lounge consisted of the main bar, where you could get a Bell signature cocktail (The Bell Blueberry Vodka Lemonade), a sushi and oyster bar, ice volcano and even a candy station sponsored by Bell!

Behind the lobby there was a photo booth set up with an array of props. There was also a smart phone charging station, which of course came in handy for me because my phone battery is THE WORST!

Photo Credit: @thatgirlcartier Instagram
Upstairs there was the silent auction as well as a glitter tattoo station. Obviously Kate and I had to get glitter tattoos! Luckily, the weather was beautiful on Thursday so it was a pleasure sitting outside in the Skyyard patio which had a scotch and cigar bar, the Drake BBQ Pit as well as a Gourmet Taco Grille with all the fixings!

The silent auction had a lot of amazing listings; from a spring closet makeover package valued at over $750, to a health package valued at over $4000 – the silent auction had something for everyone! Huge shout-out to all the amazing sponsors and donors! 

The food at the #SparkleParty was absolutely amazing. Not only were there the BBQ Pit and Taco Grille, there were also servers walking around with trays upon trays upon trays of delicious food! There was lamb, there was mac and cheese, there was duck served on cucumber slices, there was grilled cheese with tomato, there was mozza balls, there was SO much food and it was all fantastic!

Photo Credit: @thatgirlcartier Instagram

Another great feature from the Sparkle Party was the “Completed Map” prize. Upon entering the Sparkle Party, you were given a program of the event filled with details and information about not only the Sparkle Party, but also Sheena’s Place. In this program was a map of the venue for the event. At each station you were given a sticker, and once you completed your map you were entered in a draw for a prize pack which included a $250 gift package to Fresh and a 1 month unlimited membership at Hard Candy Fitness!

Melissa Grelo, the co-host from The Social, as well as CP24 Breakfast was the Master of Ceremonies. The Digs are a group of talented young musicians and when I walked in they were playing “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, and I was mesmerized! I just had to stand there and watch before going and hunting down Kate! Later on, Theo Tams, best known for winning the 6trh season of Canadian Idol also took to the stage. After that, the world famous, DJ Starting from Scratch got the crowd dancing! And thanks to Uber, all the guests were able to make it home safe and sound!

It was truly a pleasure to attend the #SparkleParty and be given the opportunity to learn more about Sheena’s Place and all the amazing work they are doing.

You can learn more about Sheena’s Place HERE

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