Diary of the Week: Uncorked, Simon Wiesenthal Center and Tamara Mellon at Holt Renfrew

By Amoryn Engel

If it's spring, it's time for Grapes for Humanity's annual tasting do at the spectacular Gardiner Museum. This year's “Chile Uncorked" was packed to the rafters with do-gooders galore who not only tasted wines, but rolled up their sleeves at the ring toss station! Stunning bottles of wine were the top prize for those who hit the jackpot. A delicious Chilean-inspired menu was expertly prepared by Chef Jamie Kennedy. Co-Chairs Liz Gallery and Cathy Martin have plans to direct proceeds from of Chile Uncorked to rebuilding a medical facility in the Philippines that was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan.

Captains of industry and community big-wigs descended on the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for "Spirit of Hope," presented by Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center. The crowd, over 2500 strong, came out to see former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton in conversation with Indigo queen bee Heather Reisman. The highlight of the night was an incredible piece of work called "Wake Me Up," a magnificent presentation covering the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, the civil war in Sierra Leone and two young students who hope to change the world. Spirit of Hope 2014 raised an incredible $3.5 million in support of promoting a more tolerant and just society free of antisemitism, racism and hatred.

Some of Toronto's most stylish beauties gathered at the elegant Holts Café for a delectable luncheon hosted by Alexandra Weston. The special occasion was to fete guest-of-honour Tamara Mellon, who was in town to launch her shiny new brand. Ms. Weston toasted Tamara, calling her a “fashion force” and praising her “entrepreneurial spirit and triumphs" bringing to life successful, international businesses and gorgeous fashions. Weston also praised Mellon’s “buy now, wear now business model” and how appealing that concept is to the modern woman. Guests devoured the chilean sea bass and sartorial stylings with equal fervour.

Much beloved Canadian icon and director Atom Egoyan returned to Cannes to debut his film, Captive. After the screening, celebrities toasted the man of the hour at an intimate affair.

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