by Debbie Osske, CANFAR Director of Events, Stewardship, and Volunteer Relations.
Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.
Contemporary Furniture and Jackie-O completely transformed the Four Seasons Hotel ballroom with custom-made furniture for CANFAR’s Bloor Street Entertains. This year’s event raised more than $725,000 (including donations). If
you are going to improve on something that everyone has grown to love, you need to be confident enough to take a few risks. That was the thinking behind the changes that went into this year’s Bloor Street Entertains (BSE).The annual
dinner extravaganza in support of CANFAR’s mission is a tradition that brings together some of the country’s most generous philanthropists.“Our patrons have grown to expect a level of sophistication at Bloor Street Entertains, and this
year we wanted to create a sense of seamlessness as they moved from their dining experience to the After Party,” said Kyle Winters, CANFAR President and Chief Operating Officer.“We worked closely with Nada Ristich from
BMO Financial Group, the new Signature Partner of BSE, as well as, our Co-Chairs,Mrs. Sylvia Mantella and Ms. Coco Rocha, to develop a concept for the After Party that would better complement the experience
enjoyed at 15 luxury dinner venues. Through that discussion, a concept took shape with luxury and intimacy being the key attributes. With that in mind, we realized that we needed to consider a venue change if we were going to succeed,”
Bloor Street Entertains Co-Chairs, Mrs. Sylvia Mantella and Ms. Coco Rocha. After a series of discussions with Konrad Gstrein, the General Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel, we made the bold decision to move
the BSE After Party to the iconic Four Seasons Hotel.
MEMORIES OF BLOOR STREET ENTERTAINS 2017
The feedback at BSE, and following the event, has been consistent
and glowing. More than 650 guests, dressed in their interpretations of “black tie inspired,” strolled through Yorkville and settled in for dinners at some of Toronto’s most luxurious boutiques (the full list can be found at bloorstreetentertains.ca).
CANFAR Board Member Jeronimo de Miguel and 2018 “Can You Do Lunch?” Co-Chair Eva Hartling of Birks.
2017 “Can You Do Lunch?” Co-Chairs, Bustle Clothing Co-Founders Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow. Around 9:30p.m. guests made their way to the Four Seasons Hotel for the big reveal. Under the direction of ESP
Inc. President Chad Brincheski, the ballroom had been transformed into an oasis of gold frosted palms, shimmering drapery and generous seating areas of crushed red velvet. In fact the furnishings were created exclusively
for CANFAR by Contemporary Furniture Rentals Inc.
CANFAR National Spokesperson, Valerie Pringle, CM. Based on the feedback of our guests, the After Party had the feeling of a luxurious and intimate art deco sitting room – and took Bloor Street Entertains to a new level of distinction.
We are thankful to everyone who supported Bloor Street Entertains this year, as well as those who have given so generously of their time and leadership to make BSE the tradition that it has become.