Diary of the week: Blue Jays Care, Prince's Charities Canada, Prada opening, HSI Exhibition and Henderson Hoedown

By Jessica Pollack and Nicole Harvie

The Rogers Centre opened its doors to celebrate 40 seasons of the Blue Jays by treating 1,500 guests to dinner on the outfield at the Jays Care gala. Lucky attendees were first to experience the new field and didn't waste any space as the party moved to the infield after dinner. The entire 2016 team roster was in attendance along with Dragon Jim Treliving and former world series winners Duane Ward and Devon White. But it wasn't all fun and games as a whopping $1.34 million was raised for Jays Care, which means 65,000 children and youth will benefit from this year's soiree.

The Hon. Hilary M. Weston wrangled a dazzling guest list that included fashion power couple Joe Mimran and Kimberley Newport-Mimran, The Social's Melissa Grelo and Ontario's Lieutenant Governor, The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, to name a few, in celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Prince's Charities Canada (PCC). Toasting a variety of innovative initiatives supporting the Prince of Wales's charitable presence across Canada, guests enjoyed an elegant evening at Holt Renfrew's flagship Bloor St. location.


Luxury Italian brand Prada opened its stunning 8,200 square foot flagship store, the second free-standing location in the country, in tony downtown Vancouver. Well-heeled guests lined up down the designer block before being ushered in for the posh cocktail party. With celebratory bubbly in hand, more than 200 social luminaries perused the Roberto Baciocchi designed space spread over two gorgeous levels, boasting Prada’s signature black-and-white marble checkered floor and green clover leaf shaped sofas. Chic mini mouthfuls and exquisite chocolates fuelled shoppers well into the evening as they tried on skyscraper platforms, printed frocks and iconic clutches. Those who gushed over the private Made to Measure service were thrilled to be invited back for a limited Made to Order Décolleté shoe program where customers can customize their very own pair of Prada shoes right down to the heel height!

More than 150 diverse attendees descended on the Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place for Compassion, Intervention Rescue: The Work of Humane Society International Canada, a photography exhibit of 50 striking images celebrating the HSI's work. Over nibbles from A La Carte Kitchen's vegan menu, society fixtures like Galen Weston, Ainsley Kerr, Catherine Nugent and Miranda Frum enjoyed the powerful works presented by The Eric S Margolis Family Foundation.

It was a show to remember as the bi-annual Henderson Hoedown took over the Fairmont Royal York Hotel for a boot-tapping evening of country fun and fundraising ($1.3 million to be exact, all benefiting the Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation!). Co-hosted by The Fifth Estate's Mark Kelley and Canada AM's Beverly Thomson, the western-themed gala boasted horseshoes, panning for gold, succulent snacks and a performance by The Jim Cuddy Band, plus touching tales from cancer patients who have been positively impacted by Wellspring's Cancer Exercise program.

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