By Roxy Rowe (Staff Writer)
TORONTO – Motionball, considered Toronto’s “biggest” annual charity gala, never fails to draw a large crowd of urban elite, as was the case on February 6th. Even the wintery cold weather could not keep 2,500 glitterati from showing off their dress-to-impress style at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex.
The theme of this year’s gala was “Glitz and Graffiti” where sparkling glitter met guttural spray paint for an exciting “glamour and street gang” fusion. Guests gallivanted in three large ballrooms — all decorated with the clash of street gang style graffiti and glittering chandeliers. Entertainment came non-stop, with nine DJs and six live bands. Plenty of palate-pleasing food stations were spread throughout the venue. If that was not enough to keep everyone busy…
All eyes were on the Silent Auction area for much of the evening. In addition to the signed jerseys of some of hockey’s biggest stars and an autographed Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry jersey, there was a pair of boxing shorts signed by the Great Mohammed Ali himself. These as well as raffle tickets and beautiful art pieces designed by local artists helped raise roughly $300,000 in one evening. Since its inception thirteen years ago, Motionball has raised more than $5-million.
A not-for-profit organization that builds awareness and raises funds for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation (SOCF), Motionball targets a “next generation” of supporters – Canada’s professional crowd who are not defined by their age but rather their mind set.
For more information: www.motionball.com