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November 4, 2010
PROJECT SUNSHINE CANADA’S
FOURTH ANNUAL GALA
Project Sunshine Canada’s 4th annual gala
thursday, november 4, 2010
may your days be
filled with sunshine
the eglinton grand
cocktails 6p.m., dinner 7:30p.m.
performance: rosedale public school steel orchestra
introduction: seamus o’regan, co-host ctv’s canada am
welcome & volunteer of the year award: co-chairs
live auction: Lot items 1 -2: Rob Cowley, Vice President,
Joyner Waddington’s Canadian Fine Art & Auction
Project Sunshine Program Review: susie petro, the hospital for sick children toronto
project sunshine video: the children & volunteers of project sunshine
live auction: Lot Items 3-7: Rob Cowley, Vice President,
Joyner Waddington’s Canadian Fine Art and Auction
featured musical performance: theo tams, up close & personal
A letter from Joseph Weilgus & Beatrice Kernan
We are honored to welcome you to the 2010 Sunshine Ball – Project Sunshine Canada’s Fourth Annual Gala! This year’s
celebration is once again a sold-out occasion – a special gathering of enlightened individuals who believe in bringing joy back
into the lives of children & families who face difficult medical challenges.
With the tremendous support from the last year’s gala, Project Sunshine Canada was able to deliver & to diversify its vibrant
programming in five medical facilities across Toronto & the greater Toronto area, & to expand northwards to a sixth
facility, Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket.
Project Sunshine Canada stands as a pioneering model of international development & achievement.
Project Sunshine has grown exponentially over the last 12 years, from one New York City college student in 1998
to 10,000 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, providing services in over 150 medical facilities worldwide. Every
week of the year, across the globe, pediatric patients & their families experience Project Sunshine’s warm reach.
We would like to thank the many donors, sponsors & supporters that faithfully contribute their time & resources each
year to ensure Project Sunshine Canada’s growth & success. With your support, volunteers are able to work tirelessly
to deliver laughter, fun, joy & educational enhancement to pediatric patients & their families. For this, we are forever
grateful to you.
A debt of gratitude is owed to tonight’s gala committee and co-chairs, Caroline Bell Ritchie, Sarah Miller and Lisa
Parsons. With a heartfelt appreciation, we thank everyone who has been involved in making tonight such an
extraordinary success. We acknowledge with pride our chapter leaders & volunteers, who give selflessly of their time.
Their work & the orchestration of tonight’s event have been expertly overseen by Courtney McLeod, Manager of Project
Sunshine Canada, with the support of Emily Daman & our program & administrative team in New York.
Finally, we thank the brave & generous-spirited children whose smiles inspire us every day & make all of our efforts
worthwhile. We are here for you tonight!
Thank you all for celebrating 2010 Sunshine Ball with us!
With appreciation & warmth,
SUNSHINE BALL COMMITTEE
A letter from THE Sunshine Ball Committee Co-Chairs
Welcome to Project Sunshine Canada’s fourth annual Sunshine Ball. We are humbled to serve as the co-chairs for tonight’s event, &
thankful to the donors, sponsors, volunteers & committee members for making this a spectacular evening.
Project Sunshine Canada develops customized recreational, educational & social programs for children & families in hospitals across
Toronto & the Greater Toronto Area. We are fortunate enough to have a dedicated group of volunteers who give their time, talents
& energy to provide literacy programs, arts & crafts, parent wellness programs & special events to children & families who need
As of this year, Project Sunshine has expanded Northwards & now offers programs to children & families at Southlake
Regional Health Center in Newmarket; making this our first regular program outside of Toronto. This success could not
have been possible without the support from dedicated donors like your selves. Over the next few years Project Sunshine
has the goal to expand its programs further into neighboring cities & towns, spread its rays, & brighten the lives of more
children & families. We look forward to seeing Project Sunshine grow & are so proud to have been able to contribute to
its current success.
We have an exciting line up for this evening with emcee
Seamus O’Regan, auctioneer Rob Cowley, & live
entertainment from Theo Tams, The Rosedale Steel
Orchestra & DJ Nelson. We thank them, as well as
our volunteers, for their time & expertise in
making this a spectacular evening.
On behalf of the gala committee, we extend
our thanks to you, our guests. Together, we have
helped bring sunshine to over 700 families across
Toronto & the GTA.
Have a wonderful night!
Caroline Bell Ritchie
Co-chair, Gala Committee
Co-chair, Gala Committee
Co-chair, Gala Committee
Romaine & iceberg lettuce
with feta, black olives, red onion, cucumbers & tomatoes in a Greek style vinaigrette.
Yellow julienne pepper to garnish.
with portabellini mushrooms & reduction of port demi accompanied by duo scallop
potato, roasted carrot puree, French beans & yellow pepper.
White chocolate pyramid mousse
on a soft sponge covered with chocolate ganache glaze topped with yellow
mango swirl garnish.
he Toronto All Stars Steel Orchestra (T.A.S.S.O.) was born out of necessity in 2000 as, after
graduating from Rosedale Public School, most of the students did not have steelpan offered at the schools
they were moving to. Since the band’s inception it has grown to become one of the most exciting new
musical ensembles in the city of Toronto as seen by its recent gold win at the Australian International
Music Festival in Sydney which included 1,500 participants from 21 other groups from around the world.
Today, the group is thirty members strong & they practice weekly & performing regularly. An amazing
feat & noteworthy commitment when considering that they are between the ages of twelve & eighteen
years of age & now attend upwards of ten different schools across the GTA.
At its inception, no one could have predicted the amazing evolution of the steelpan program at Rosedale
Public School & its impact on the community. These musicians have racked up an impressive success
rate in competition, consecutively winning the Kiwis Music Festival competition in their categories
for a number of years to date. They have also performed at many of the prestigious & famous halls in
Toronto, amongst them Ford Centre for the Performing Arts, Massy Hall, Roy Thompson Hall & the
Leah Pollens Theatre. They have become a fixture at Rosedale Public School social functions, &
support many charitable causes & community events.
native of Coaldale Alberta, Theo set off in 2008 to his first Canadian Idol audition in Calgary with
not only a sense of fear, but also the determination that this is something he wanted and needed. The
rest is history and in May 2009, the University of Lethbridge classical music major launched his debut
pop album “Give It All Away” (Sony). To date, three singles have been released from the album; with
two titles as top 5 successes.
This summer, Theo performed in Afghanistan for the Canadian troops on Canada Day, before
setting off on an extensive Canadian tour where he played intimate venues to great reviews from fans &
industry alike. With winter ahead, he will be back to writing for his sophomore album slated for release
A Gemini nominated performer & multi-faceted artist, Theo Tams’ unique piano; singer/
songwriter style demonstrates that he is clearly an artist with the talent & tenacity to sustain a long
& substantial career.
Seamus O’Regan is from St. John’s, Newfoundland, & was raised in Goose Bay, Labrador. He is
the co-host of CTV’s CANADA AM, & host of ARTS & MINDS & THE O’REGAN FILES
on Bravo! He was a proud member of CTV’s Olympic Morning team at the 2010 Vancouver Winter
O’Regan studied politics at St. Francis Xavier University & University College, Dublin. He received
his Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge in England. He is the Honourary
Chairman of Artbound, dedicated to building arts schools in developing countries. He serves on the
boards of the World Wildlife Fund-Canada, Canada World Youth, the Smiling Land Foundation, The
Company Theatre, & The Rooms – which houses the Provincial Art Gallery, Museum, & Archives of
Newfoundland & Labrador.
Project Sunshine Canada
2010 Sunshine Ball Committee
Caroline Bell Ritchie
Thank you to our incredible
Sunshine Ball co-chairs & committee
for their tremendous support & dedication
to Project Sunshine Canada.
The Sunshine Ball is an outstanding
success due to their passion & commitment!
“I can’t thank the Project Sunshine volunteers enough for the time that they have spent with my little girl.
They have brought the life back into her eyes & she is finally laughing again.”
- Mother of a young patient, following a Project Sunshine event in Toronto -
Project Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational & social
programs to children facing medical challenges & their families. Project Sunshine empowers a dynamic
& dedicated corps of over 10,000 volunteers to bring programs to over 60, 000 children & their families
in Canada, the United States, China, Israel, Kenya & Puerto Rico.
Project Sunshine Canada hosted its 3rd Annual Sunshine Ball in October 2009, raising close to
$200,000. As a result of that highly successful event, & with the support of its very dedicated
volunteers, Project Sunshine Canada is now operating programs at The Hospital for Sick Children,
Mt. Sinai Hospital, North York General Hospital, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital,
Southlake Regional Health Centre & the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic.
Our goal is to continue to provide valuable programs to children & families in need at our existing
facilities, as well as to explore new opportunities & partnerships with medical establishments
throughout Toronto & the surrounding area.
Project Sunshine works with each hospital to determine where our help is needed most & finds the appropriate volunteers to create
customized programs. Project Sunshine’s chapters are comprised of a core group of volunteers who coordinate & provide services on
a regular basis. Chapters range from as few as five volunteers to as many as three hundred. Project Sunshine encourages volunteers
to participate as often as they feel comfortable, whether it is several days a week, once a month or at annual special events.
Programming takes place in clinics, emergency room waiting areas, pediatric & hospital play rooms. Special service volunteering
takes place outside of a medical facility in corporate conference rooms, school cafeterias, or community centers, where groups of
individuals join together through their employers, communities & schools to create craft kits, surgi-dolls & Sunshine Gram cards.
PROJECT SUNSHINE CANADA CHAPTERS PARTICIPATE IN THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS:
Arts & Crafts activities offer children a chance to express their feelings through creative means & give children a sense of normalcy
during their difficult time. These projects enable children to communicate emotions, fears & concerns in a non-verbal manner.
Children create seasonal or holiday items or crafts for their rooms including pictures frames, personalized signs, & clay sculptures.
Book Buddies promotes literacy & self confidence as volunteers read with children in hospital clinics & inpatient units. At the
end of the sessions, children are given the books they read, empowering them to strengthen their reading skills on their own time.
Parent Wellness Program gives parents of hospitalized children much needed attention. Volunteers transform hospital rooms
into relaxing environments where parents receive massages from professional therapists and participate in relaxation exercises. By
providing support to family members, the overall physical, social and emotional health of a child improves.
Family Days encourages families to give back to the community as they volunteer together to benefit children facing medical
challenges. Project Sunshine receives requests from parents who want to volunteer with their children to teach community
involvement at an early age. Together, families create craft kits to send to hospitalized children.
roject Sunshine had grown tremendously since its inception in 1998, but there are so many more
children we can reach. Your support enables us to achieve our goals & bring sunshine to their lives.
With your support we will be able to:
$25,000 Revitalize a paediatric waiting room
$15,000 Sponsor “Sunshine Pals” teddy bears given to children in ambulances
$10,000 Sponsor a Project Sunshine Book Buddies reading chapter for one year
$5,000 Sponsor a Project Sunshine chapter for one year
$1,000 Sponsor holiday celebrations for children in a medical facility
$500 Sponsor Sunshine Chefs cooking event for children in a paediatric unit
$250 Sponsor one holiday celebration for children in a medical facility
$100 Send craft activity kits to children in hospital or emergency rooms
Please contribute to the Project Sunshine endowment fund at any level to ensure the future of
“Wow! I am at a total loss for words to express my appreciation…
Thank you Project Sunshine! You certainly bring sunshine to a cloudy day!
Thank you for doing what you do for all the kids & my thanks comes truly
- Pat Anderson (Corporate Volunteer) from the bottom of my heart.”
BMO Capital Markets
Burgundy Asset Management
Canaccord Genuity Inc.
Carlos A. Cordeiro Foundation
Cormark Securities Inc.
Freedom International Brokerage
RBC Capital Markets
Timbercreek Asset Management
canadian fine art
A specialist in Canadian Art, Rob joined Waddington’s, the parent company of Joyner™ Canadian
Fine Art in 2000, becoming part of the Joyner division upon the merger of the two companies in the
Summer of 2002. In his role as Vice-President, Rob is responsible not only for collecting consignments
of important works for inclusion in the Spring & Fall Auctions, but also for overseeing the day to day
administration & operations of Joyner™.
As chief auctioneer of Joyner™ Canadian Fine Art, Rob conducts the twice-yearly auctions of
Important Canadian Art & also participates as auctioneer in numerous auctions for Waddington’s
including the Monthly Auctions of Paintings & Prints, the Auctions of Inuit Art & the Auctions of
Important International Art, among others. Rob regularly donates his expert services as auctioneer to
various fundraising events on behalf of Waddington’s and Joyner™.
Rob is a University of Ottawa graduate & a member of the International Society of Appraisers, the
largest professional association of personal property appraisers in North America.
1. Payment in full by the successful bidder is made to Project Sunshine Canada on the evening of the auction at
the registration desk in the upper cocktail area. Payment may be made by cheque, Visa or MasterCard. Payment
must be made before the release of goods.
2. Project Sunshine has endeavored to correctly, conscientiously & completely describe each item included in this
auction; however, all goods are sold on an “as is” basis. Values of auction items are suggested only.
3. Any disputes arising from the live or silent auction bidding will be determined solely at the discretion of the
Project Sunshine Canada office, & if found necessary, bidding will be reopened.
4. The highest bidder is the purchaser & no bidder shall revoke or retract his/her bid. All sales are final & there
will be no exchange or refund on items.
5. All tangible auction items must be removed from the premises by the purchaser the night of the auction or at a
time of mutual agreement. In the case of certificates for items, the buyer is responsible for contacting the
supplier noted on the certificate.
6. Terms & conditions of all certificates are not negotiable. Lost certificates will not be replaced.
7. Project Sunshine makes no express or implied warranties whatsoever (including any estimate of value) with
respect to any items sold. By his, her or its purchase the buyer waives any claim, whether in contract or tort,
against Project Sunshine, its agents, employees & representatives & the donor of the item purchased, that may
result from the utilization of such item. Purchasers are bound by the restrictions specified by the donor.
2010 SUNSHINE BALL LIVE AUCTION LOTS
One week stay at the newly built 2 bedroom Morningstar Condo, Red Mountain Resort in Rosslyn, British Columbia.
This authentic mountain town in the West Kootenay is perfect for those who love to ski, snowboard, back country tour,
mountain bike, hike, or just kick back & enjoy the majestic mountains. Condo is at the base of mountain & is fully equipped.
Available now until March 31, 2011.
Generously donated by: Eileen Greene
Treat yourself, family & friends to ocean breezes, pink beaches & endless sun! Enjoy a 7 night stay at privately owned
Church Point house in St. James Barbados located on the “platinum coast” of Barbados near Holetown on the tranquil
Caribbean seaside of the island. This charming 3 bedroom home is fully staffed with a cook, maid, gardeners & a night
watchman. There are 2 bedrooms on the 2nd floor, each with air conditioning, ceiling fan & in suite washrooms.
The 3rd bedroom, or master bedroom, is located in a self contained cottage just steps from the main house via an open courtyard.
Blackout periods: December 15, 2010 – January 15, 2010 & March 4, 2010 – March 31, 2010
Generously donated by: Melanie McCaig and Al Magee
red mountain resort condo
Starting bid: $1,000
sunshine retreat - st. james, barbados villa
Starting bid: $1,500
dinner with william scott “scotty” bowman ‑ a hockey fanatics dream
Dinner for two at Yorkvilles finest, Il Posto Restaurant with hockey legend Scotty Bowman & TSN’s Gord
Miller. Have the opportunity to ask these hockey tycoons insider information about your favourite teams & players.
Bowman is the only head coach in the history of the NHL, Major League Baseball, the National Football League
& the National Baskball Association who has won championships with three different teams. Try your luck with
coaxing him over to the Leafs; he just might be Toronto’s gold ticket to the Stanley Cup.
Generously donated by: Gord Miller, Scott Bowman & TSN
Starting bid: $1,000
sapphire, stones & sunshine
Take home a piece of sunshine with this gorgeous pair of yellow sapphire & diamond circle earrings designed & crafted by
Toronto based jeweller & jewellery designer, John de Jong. These round brilliant cut sapphire earrings feature a diamond
frame in 18k white gold. Sapphires weighing 2.20cts & diamonds weighing 0.48cts.
Generously donated by: John de Jong Jewellery
Starting bid: $1,500
2010 SUNSHINE BALL LIVE AUCTION LOTS
time in the box with tsn’s gord miller
Time in the Box with Gord Miller will have you & a guest living a day in the life of a professional athlete! Attend a
morning skate with the Toronto Maple Leaf team while getting all the insider information on the season from TSN’s
Gord Miller. Later that evening see the team in action while watching the game from the broadcast booth.
Available dates: December 9th in Toronto, or a mutually agreed upon date.
Generously donated by: TSN & Gord Miller
Starting bid: $1,000
beyond luxury villa, grenada
Only minutes from the airport, Beyond Luxury Villas are located on the spectacular south-eastern shore of Grenada in the
Parish of St. David. This beautiful three-bedroom villa sleeps six, has a unique concierge service & offers an unforgettable
experience. Breakfast, maid service, airport transfers, Beach BBQ, & gourmet chef dinner for two with wine included. The
unique “Art Gallery Villa” boasts a spectacular display of Grenada’s top artists throughout the villa. The villa has a private
swimming pool & overlooks a secluded & calm bay with two beaches on each side of the bay & 8 quality pristine beaches
within a 5 to 10 minute drive.
Generously donated by: Perry Douglas
Starting bid: $1,500
Own a piece of history. This 2010
Vancouver Men’s Olympic Team
Canada hockey sweater is autographed
by all 23 players for the Vancouver 2010
Olympic men’s hockey team. The team
will never play together again which
makes this sweater a unique & priceless
item for any sports fan or collector.
Generously donated by:
Gord Miller & TSN
Starting bid: $1,500
Morgan Stanley is proud to support Project Sunshine Canada
& its employees & many volunteers who make
helping children & their families possible.
We are very proud to continue
our support for the Sunshine Ball
BMO Capital Markets is pleased to support Project Sunshine
in their work to provide HELP & HOPE to children
facing medical challenges.
Freedom is pleased to continue its support of Project Sunshine Canada.
A good cause can create waves of support.
We’re proud to help. KPMG is a proud sponsor
of Project Sunshine.
As Canada’s leading Inter-Dealer Broker, Freedom provides a full range
of brokerage products, including Fixed Income, Money Market, Foreign
Exchange & Derivatives. We deliver Price Discovery, Trade Execution,
STP, & Clearing & Settlement; all of which combine to make Freedom
the trusted source of wholesale financial services for Canadian & global
Banks and Investment Dealers.
RBC is proud to sponsor the 2010 Sunshine Ball.
Cormark Securities Inc. is proud to sponsor this years Sunshine Ball
Covering the Spectrum of Private Client, Endowment,
Foundation & Pension Investment Management.
Proud sponsors of Project Sunshine’s efforts to bring a little
sunshine to children & families facing medical challenges.
A proud sponsor of the Sunshine Gala & Project Sunshine’s
continued efforts to brighten the lives of
children & families around the world.
Timbercreek Asset Management: Offering alternative asset class
investment opportunities to institutions, trusts & endowment
funds, & qualified individuals since 1999.
Working towards a brighter tomorrow
At UBS, we believe that by working together we can
build caring, thriving communities. That’s why we’re
delighted to support Project Sunshine. We hope you
have a wonderful evening.
Canaccord is a proud sponsor of the 2010 Sunshine Ball
© UBS 2010. All rights reserved.
Advice from a Caterpillar
Do My Hair
Dr. Trevor Born
Haircuts on Wheels
Herzig Eye Institute
Indoors & Out
JJ & Whiskey
Long & McQuade Musical Instruments
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Mark & Sarah Wellings
One Hot Tamale Active &
Fitness Wear Boutique
Poor Little Rich Girl
Salvatore Leonetti Salon
San Jose Sharks
The Sports Company
Listed below are just some of the ways that
you can stay involved with Project Sunshine
all year long!
Ways to Stay Involved
Thank you for joining us
at tonight’s Sunshine Ball.
Make a donation to Project Sunshine & help bring
sunshine to the lives of more children & families
in Canada. You can make a donation through
Become one of Project Sunshine Canada’s
invaluable volunteers & make a difference in
the lives of children with medical challenges &
Add Project Sunshine to your next celebration!
Encourage guests to make a donation to Project
Sunshine in honour of a birthday, graduation or
Ask your company or school to hold a book, toy or
craft supply drive for Project Sunshine.
For more information on any of the above opportunities,
please contact the Canada office at 416.966.0877.