EVENTS MONTREAL BY INSPIRATION MAGAZINE
Six hundred prestigious guests from the social, political, and business sectors gathered at Windsor Station for the 26th edition of the Daffodil Ball, an event that raised $1,375,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. This year’s theme was PICASSO and his Spanish legacy. Thanks to numerous contributions in donations and services, which amounted to $1,179,000, the Daffodil Ball is now considered one of Canada’s most successful fundraising galas and has earned 20 awards at the Special Ventures International Gala.
The Co-Presidents for this edition were Paul Lepage, President and Chief Executive Officer of Intelerad Medical Systems and Richard Voyer, President and CEO of Soprema America. Event organizer Alison Silcoff wore a beautiful dress designed by Monique Lhuillier, as well as a necklace and a Kaufmann De Suisse bracelet featuring delicate flowers made of 18-karat gold and diamonds. Her colleague Isabelle Lê wore a fuchsia Marchesa Notte gown. The talented Julie du Page, the host for the evening, simply looked splendid in a beautiful dress signed Guillaume Poupart. Guests were able to enjoy an art tech performance by San Francisco native Jeremy Sutton, nuevo flamenco from American guitarist Benise, and a modern athletic performance presented by six dancers. And the 1945 Orchestra brought guests to their feet.
For the first time in the gala’s history, the Ball flew a French Polynesian chef to the event. Marc Lintanf is so talented that the organizers worked diligently to convince the CEO of the luxurious seaside resort Sofitel Moorea la Ora to let their executive chef come to Montreal to create a menu served on plates featuring colourful faces in a Picasso style.
This year’s decor transported us into the universe of Picasso, considered to be the founder of cubism. For instance, the lobby recreated Picasso’s studio, the decor in the cocktail area showcased an imposing asymmetric mobile composed of cubes of various sizes adorned with images typically associated with Picasso. In addition, frames composed of huge Lycra cubist forms in bright primary colours separated the cocktail area from the dining room. The dining room consisted of cubist triangular tables with three types of centrepieces incorporating cubist forms and Picasso’s own creations such as The Dove of Peace, The Girl with a Mirror, and Bouquet of Peace. The technical design and execution were overseen by Total Events, Yves Chénier was in charge of the centrepieces and floral arrangements, the elastic tissue shapes were by eXtention Concepts, the equipment was provided by Location Gervais, and the stage was set up by Scapin Staging.
Every couple received a gift bag worth over $2,000 at the main sponsor tables. We’d like to thank the following companies: Finezza, Medispa Mount Royal, Balnea Thermal Reserve, Guerlain, MissFresh, Yoga Old Montreal, MFleurs and Décor Conseil Aménagement.
In addition, 11 awards totalling $126,550 were offered by the Air Canada Foundation, Frank J. Motter, Kaufmann de Suisse, An Aquatint by Picasso, the Montreal Canadiens, WCPD Foundation, Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands, Le Bristol Paris Hotel, Kempferhof Golf & Castle Hotel, Strasbourg, Ritz-Carlton Montreal, Ritz-Carlton Abama, Tenerife, Lisa Lash Fur.
Une aquatinte signée par Picasso
At the end of the evening, a random draw was held and six guests, among those who had purchased tickets, were awarded two-night stays at two Relais & Châteaux hotels (Lake Placid Lodge in New York and Mayflower Inn & Spa in Connecticut); a tailor-made Chanel handbag, an exclusive Maria Karimi suit for HIM or evening gown for HER; a suite for a Heart and Sheryl Crow concert at the Bell centre; 4 Grandstand 15 tickets for the MontrealGrand Prix and 2 VIP tickets to the Ritz-Carlton Grand Prix Party; a shopping spree at Ofélia located on de la Montagne; dinner for two at Maison Boulud.