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Venetian Ball - Villa Charities Celebrates 20 Years of Venetian Wonderment with Performance by Paul Anka

“More than 1,000 guests celebrated the past, and honoured the future, on Saturday evening as The Venetian Ball celebrated 20 years as one of Toronto’s top philanthropic events. The gala raised funds for the important and unique work of Villa Charities, a family of organizations that has grown its mandate of providing care for seniors to include support for individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues.
“The Venetian Ball has grown into not only the premier event in the Villa Charities roster, but one of the most glamorous and anticipated philanthropic events in the Toronto social calendar,” said Mauro and Adriana Baldassarra, co-chairs, The Venetian Ball. “Tonight we celebrate our supporters, community, the best of Italian culture, and the incredible work of Villa Charities. We are so humbled to be a part of this incredible evening.”
Guests were greeted by Montreal-based electronic harpist M’Michelle, accompanied by her DJ, Alex Beaudoin-Tousignant. The Columbus Centre School of Dance surprised guests in the ballroom, with an enchanting performance mid-meal, before the star of the night. Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka took to the stage to perform classics including My Way, Diana, Put Your Head on My Shoulder, and She’s a Lady, earning two standing ovations from the crowd.
The Carnevale-themed ambiance was enhanced with Canada’s inaugural performance of the Living Vines, who enchanted guests as they roamed the ballroom, entertaining characters, like Arlecchino, from the Italian Commedia dell’Arte, illuminated ballroom fountains, and chic lounges within the reception and hall. Upon entering the masquerade, attendees dined on an assortment of antipasti, followed by an Italian-inspired five course meal, not to be outdone by 10 dessert stations, catered by the city’s top pastry chefs.
To end the evening, guests went bid for bid in the live auction, which included a one-week stay at Marchesi Fumanelli’s Squarano Estate in San Floriano, Italy, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix 2014 in Monza, Italy, complete with a Rolex Daytona stainless steel watch.
About Villa Charities
Since its formation in 1971 to provide culturally sensitive care for an elderly Italian Canadian population, Villa Charities has extended its mandate to include support for individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. Building on its rich Italian Canadian heritage, and by living life with Italian passion, the Villa Charities family of organizations has grown to include Villa Colombo Services for Seniors, Columbus Centre/Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, VITA Community Living Services/Mens Sana Families for Mental Health, and Villa Colombo Vaughan Di Poce Centre. Recognizing its relevance across generations, Villa Charities is launching new initiatives to promote quality of life, health and wellness, youth engagement, the creation of new knowledge and investment in new technologies. For more information, visit http://www.villacharities.com.”[press release]

Category: Charity Events
Start Date: 2013-10-26
End Date: 2013-10-26
Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre Toronto Ontario

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