On Friday, November 19, I was asked to photograph a rare and spectacular event in exclusive Bridal Path neighbourhood in Toronto. This was a charity event organized by music mogul and 15-time Grammy Award winner David Foster and the David Foster Foundation that works to provide financial support to Canadian families with children in need of life - saving organ transplants. The night was hosted by Global TV's news anchor, Leslie Roberts and guests included:
Muhammad Ali, World Heavyweight Champion
Warren Buffett, Chairman & CEO Berkshire Hathaway
Sandra Faire, Executive Producer, So You Think You Can Dance Canada
Ben Mulroney, Anchor of CTV’s eTalk
Loretta Rogers, Board of Directors, Rogers Communications Inc.
Gary Slaight, President & CEO, Slaight Communications
Leah Miller, host of So You Think You Can Dance Canada
Dallas Green, JUNO Award-winning artist of Alexisonfire
CBC’s Dragon’s Den: W. Brett Wilson, Kevin O’Leary, Jim Treliving, Robert Herjavec
CTV’s So You Think You Can Dance: Mary Murphy, Jean Marc Genereux
After a spectacular dinner and auction with all proceeds going to support the David Foster Foundation, there was an intimate concert with performances by:
Canadian Tenors – Canada’s vocal sensations
Charice – singing sensation discovered by Oprah Winfrey and David Foster
Jackie Evancho – 2010 America’s Got Talent runner-up
Peter Cetera – member of iconic rock band Chicago
Lionel Richie – worldwide music star
For myself, being a wedding and family photographer, it was a very unique experience to shoot at the red carpet alongside the rush of journalists and media as we all jousted to get the perfect shot outside the venue. However, I had the fortune of having access to the gala as media was not permitted inside.
It was a very surreal experience and I was completely taken back by the generosity of the guests and musicians that donated a total of $3 million dollars to the David Foster Foundation by the end of the night.
Enjoy the slideshow!
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