Diary of the Week: Blue Jays Curve Ball, '1879 by Birks' launch and Women Wonderful

It was easy to root, root, root for the home team at the 15th annual Curve Ball. The entire Blue Jays roster – along with 1,200 guests – hit the field at the Rogers Centre to support the fan-favourite Jays Care Foundation fundraiser. Instead of fast balls and strikes, the evening’s hosts served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the diamond, followed by a delicious three-course dinner. At the carnival-themed bash, guests vied for the all-stars in skeeball, ring toss and even a fast-pitch competition. (No word on whether anyone threw faster than starter Aaron Sanchez!) A silent auction was packed with one-of-a-kind opportunities, and the touching speeches all made home runs. By night’s end, more than $1.1 million was raised for community programs for youth. Come together, indeed.


Maison Birks may have snagged Juno-winner Kiesza to front the campaign for their Rock and Pearl collection, but that's not the luxury Canadian jewellery giant's only boast of late. Gathering in an airy space by the dinosaur exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, it was clear that style in Toronto is anything but extinct as Birks launched its new luxury publication, 1879 by Birks (that number being an homage to the year the company was born). An impeccably dressed crowd hit the Essie nail bar, nibbled on oysters and the wild and wonderful offerings of a polenta bar, and washed it all down with raspberry-laced cocktails while feasting their eyes on spreads from the glossy projected on the wall. With the publication's subject matter - food, culture, jewels, design - well represented at the fete, guests left to pour through the inaugural issue.

The room was awash with inspiration as the Weizmann Women and Science Committee's Wonderful Women event toasted ladies who have made their mark in the world of science. The Granite Club hosted 250 influencers and community leaders for cocktails and a panel discussion moderated by CTV's Patricia Lovett-Reid, with wonderful women like Lainey Lui, Beth S. Horowitz and physicist Dr. Hagar Landsman discussing successes, obstacles and the motivations that lead women to climb to the top of their fields. Panelist and Olympian Marnie McBean summed it up nicely, saying "you have to start happy if you want to finish happy." The Weizmann Institute of Science is based in Israel and funds raised benefitted the Weizmann Women & Science Award.

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