On Saturday, I got the pleasure of attending Mirror Ball and Mirror Ball After Dark.
Mirror Ball is in support of two wonderful foundations – FacingCancer.ca and Look Good Feel Better. For a woman diagnosed with cancer, fear and uncertainty becomes a constant companion. The ravages of cancer treatments are horrifying – it can leave a woman anxious, shocked, and insecure. Beauty Gives Back is a charitable initiative of the Canadian beauty industry. They use the tools of the trade to help women look good and feel better every day, through cosmetic and hair alternative workshops and a strong community.
Look Good Feel Better is a program that creates workshops to teach women and men how to deal with the visual effects of cancer and improving their self-esteem. They offer complimentary group, individual and self-help beauty sessions that create a sense of support, confidence, courage, and community. They offer a wide selection of virtual guides and tips – from picking the right wig for you to step by step makeup tutorials.
FacingCancer.ca is an online support system for those facing the disease. It’s designer to offer support, provide a cancer information network and cancer support resources and tools to help women and their loved ones manage the social and emotional effects of cancer
The night started off with an ultra-glam cocktail hour in the silent auction rooms. Delicious hors d’ouevres were passed around, from polenta fries to falafel bites to gazpacho soup. Hillberg & Berk sponsored a champagne flute game – purchase one glass of champagne for $100 and win a pair of their signature bauble earrings! You also were entered to win the 10,000 ring raffled off at the end of the night. Hudson’s Bay and Shopper’s Drug Mart sponsored a balloon pop. Purchase a ticket for $100, pop a balloon of a dress and automatically win a giftcard of $125 or more!
In the night’s auction were some absolutely jaw dropping prizes – the live auction offered up a brand new Ford Mustang, all inclusive trip to Amsterdam, and tickets to the Leafs and the Raptors in the best seat in the house! The silent auction offered more great prizes including Steam Whistle brewery tours, electronics, and every beauty product under the sun. The event is sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart, Estee Lauder, Coty, Hudson’s Bay, Johnson & Johnson, Quadrant,Teva, TJX Canada, Hillberg & Berk.
During the dinner we heard from some of the fashion and beauty industry’s most influential. Singer Jully Black performed an assortment of her hits, and Sangita Patel and Matte Babel emceed. Executive Director of Beauty Gives Back Canada Sherry Abbott informed us on why it’s important to give back to such a phenomenal cause.
#MirrorBallAfterDark – the ultra chic Mirror Ball after party – was not one to miss. Some of the fun activation stations included a Moscato Slushie Bar sponsored by Barefoot Wine and a manicure and make-up station sponsored by Birchbox Canada. There were delicious hors d’ouevres being passed around too – I had more than one serving of truffle fries. Musical guests The Collective with Miles Raine had us dancing all night long with their groovy sax stylings.
Next year’s Mirror Ball will definitely not be one to miss! Be sure to donate at http://www.beautygivesback.ca