Event Producer Dean Thullner was once again center stage at the Commodore Ballroom. Instead of introducing a fashion fundraiser for St. Paul’s mental health program, tonight he was raising money for Positive Living BC. The peer-based wellness program provides services to 5,700 people living with HIV in British Columbia.
The event was quite enjoyable with aspects different from Brilliant. Namely bare chested men, men in stilettos and men in underwear. Sometimes all three at once! But the event’s format, look and feel reminded me of Brilliant. I recognized several models from the 2015 and 2014 shows. The eye catching cage dresses (from Evan Clayton) first appeared on the runway a year earlier. Also there seemed to be more retail clothing sponsors where Brilliant seemed to attract more Designers.
A memorable point in the evening came during the VIP Reception. Hostesses were serving mini corndogs, freshly popped popcorn and warm bags of mini donuts. Reluctant to take an entire bag for myself, two women shared their bag with me. It turned out it was Florence Dube (shown below) and her mom!
To make tonight’s event happen, over 200 artists, entertainers, stylists, hair dressers, make-up artists and models volunteered their time. As a result, the cash donation and 50/50 Draw raised over $10,000! This is in addition to ticket sales.
My apologies to Symone for missing her performance at the end of the show!
In addition to $9,250 raised in cash donations and $1,007 from the 50/50 Draw, the following prizes were generously donated to raise money for the event:
- Whistler Pride Package – Two Whistler Pride festival passes, three nights’ Accommodation at the Aava Whistler Hotel, two one-day ski passes, two SuperFly Zipline passes and two Scandinave Spa passes. The donated package is valued at $1,500 but the winning bid raised $1,600.
- Artwork by John Ferrie:”Victory 2quared” – 36″ x 36″ acrylic canvas painting, stylized in jewel-toned expression. The donated painting was valued at $5,000 but the winning bid raised $2,500.
- Mind, Body & Soul Package – MAC Cosmetics basket, Spruce Body Lab spa & massage package, three-month pass at Open Door Yoga, Commodore Ballroom & Live Nation gift certificate and MASC Men’s Skincare & Grooming Products package. The donated package is valued at $1,500 but the winning bid raised $1,000.
The event opened with a dance performance showing a couple (living with HIV/AIDS) starting their day. The red rectangular structures were mirrored medicine cabinets they used to shave and apply make-up.
What followed next were a series of fashion shows and dance performances designed to take the audience on a symbolic journey of two people as they went through their day going to work, school, the gym, skiing, the beach etc.
Performance by: LUX Dance Company
Clothing provided by: Love Letters in Lace & Topdrawers
Clothing provided by: Boo La La
Clothing provided by: Boo La La
Celebrating leaders in the community who make a difference every day.
Clothing provided by: Nicole Bridger Design
Clothing provided by: Connally McDougall Design
Clothing provided by: F As In Frank Vintage Clothing
Clothing provided by: Topdrawers & American Apparel
Performance by: Amanda Collinge & Michael Mao
Clothing provided by: Bergans of Norway
Clothing provided by: Vitamin A
Clothing provided by: Topdrawers
Clothing provided by: Evan Clayton Designs and Carolyn Bruce Designs – Steampunk Jewelry
Clothing provided by: Protagonist Menswear and Carolyn Bruce Designs – Steampunk Jewelry
Clothing provided by: April Peters of House Gallery Boutique Designs
Seen @ the Show
Here’s a few fashionable guests that caught my eye!