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31st Annual Mistletoe Ball & Auction

“Midnight in Paris at The Mistletoe Ball”

© 2013 Article by Joana Terrones Lopez, Photos and layout TorontoArtsandEvents. Editors please contact us for use.

On November 30th, 2013, The Ritz Carlton in Toronto hosted the annual Mistletoe Ball & Auction for the second time. “Midnight in Paris” was the theme that captured the romance, glamour, and the intrigue of the City of lights through live Parisian music, mimes, and a human topiary statue – who by the way would always win the staring contests initiated by the mimes.  My personal favourite though was the human wine table, consisting of a server with a fully set table wrapped around her waist that held multiple glasses of red, white and bubbly.  This unforgettable black tie event celebrated The Herbie Fund’s 31st Anniversary.  It was a festive evening where guests enjoyed a wonderful reception, a fine dinner, dancing, a remarkable silent auction, and live performances by one of Canada’s greatest voices, Molly Johnson – who sarcastically wore a black tie to show a little humor. All proceeds from this event went to The Herbie Fund, which provides financial support enabling children from across the world to receive surgical treatment at Sick kids.
The Herbie Fund presented special awards to the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and Vicky Milner during this Ball:

Doctor of the Year Award:

Typically presented to an individual, this year’s award went to an entire department for the first time—the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, which is comprised of thirty-seven pediatric anesthesiologists, five nurse practitioners, a clinical epidemiologist, and three anesthesia assistants. These dedicated clinicians were recognized for the delivery of exceptional patient care to infants and children undergoing a full range of quaternary surgical procedures at Sick Kids. Accepting the award on behalf of the department was the Pediatric Anesthesiologist-in chief, Dr. Mark Crawford who has been on staff at the hospital for Sick Kids since 1990.
“We were surprised and delighted when Dr. Wright and the Review committee chose an entire department for the honour of Doctor of the Year”, spoke Laura Sussman, the Event Chair.  “That’s a first time for this event. Things got better still when one of our valued sponsors, Bruce Etherington & Associates, purchased two tables and donated them to the department, ensuring that a whole team of doctors and nurses would be in attendance for this great honour.”


Spirit Award:

Vicky Milner was recognized for her outstanding commitment and dedication of over 5 years to help raise money and awareness for sick kids Foundation and The Herbie Fund. Even though Vicky is no longer working for Sick Kids Foundation, she continues to support its efforts in helping children from all over the world as a member of Herbie Fund’s Board of Directors.


Other Honourees:

Ms. Mary Jo Haddad, who was touched by the salute of her loyalty and commitment since she joined Sick Kids in 1984, is now retiring after serving as the President/CEO f Sick Kids since November 2004.

Dr. Robert Filler was honored for his stand as Herbie Fund’s founding surgeon. He performed surgery in1979 on little Herbie Quinones, the inaugural patient after whom Herbie Fund is named. This pediatric surgeon stood as the Surgeon in Chief from 1977 through 1995. He then went on to run Telehealth from 1995 through 2002. 

About The Herbie Fund:

The Herbie Fund’s mission is to bring children from all parts of the world to The Hospital for Sick Kids for life-saving or life-altering surgeries—surgeries that are not available to them in their home countries because of high costs and lack of medical expertise.

The Herbie Fund has assisted 720 children from 105 countries around the world in receiving these crucial surgeries at The Hospital for Sick Children since its inception.  Each year, Herbie Fund makes surgeries possible thanks to the generous support of the community and the dedication of clinicians in a wide range of medical divisions at Sick Kids who donate their time and expertise; therefore, they waive their surgical fees.

History of The Herbie Fund:

The Herbie Fund was founded in 1979 by Paul & Gina Godfrey to help Herbie Quinones, a baby from Brooklyn, New York who had a rare birth defect making it difficult for him to breathe while eating. Today, Herbie Quinones is a thriving 33 years old and thanks to Herbie Fund, hundreds more children are living longer, more productive lives. Paul & Gina strongly believe that together we can help many more children and shape the future of communities all over the world.


The Mistletoe Ball & Auction was a wonderful event that once again touched the hearts of many sponsors who make it possible to save little lives all around the world.

© 2013 Article by Joana Terrones Lopez, Photos and layout TorontoArtsandEvents. Editors please contact us for use.

Category: Charity Events
Start Date: 2013-11-30
End Date: 2013-11-30
Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

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