[Photos + Recap] 20th Annual Venetian Ball with Paul Anka!

[Photos + Recap] 20th Annual Venetian Ball with Paul Anka!

On October 26th, we put on our best outfits and embraced an evening of Carnevale at the 20th Annual Venetian Ball. The gala, hosted by City TV’s Dina Pugliese, is one of Toronto’s most anticipated and glamourous philanthropic events of the year! With more than 1000 guests in attendance, the night celebrated the best of Italian culture and the amazing work of Villa Charities at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Dinosaurus Rex - Venetian Ball 2013 - Dina Pugliese     Dinosaurus Rex - Venetian Ball 2012 - M'Michelle

The night began with an incredible performance by Montreal-based electronic harpist M’Michelle. Accompanied by her DJ Alex Beaudoin-Tousignant, the pair set the ambience for the masquerade. As entertaining characters roamed the room, Living Vines enchanted guests in the ballroom but the star of the night was definitely Paul Anka! His performance was beyond stellar and boy, was he a crowd pleaser! He weaved himself through the tables offering hugs, kisses and pictures!

 Venetian Ball 2013 - Paul Anka

Venetian Ball 2013 - Paul Anka

Attendees also enjoyed an assortment of antipasti catered by a variety of different restaurants — we liked the bocconcini and tomato with pesto and the ahi tuna bites!! Mmm, so good!  The evening concluded with a variety of desserts, catered by the city’s top pastry chefs — macarons, cakes, cupcakes, and cheese plates galore! Not that we were complaining. All the desserts were so mouthwateringly delicious that we had to go for seconds!

 Venetian Ball 2013 - Macarons

The Venetian Ball has always been one of our favourite events and this year was no different. It was a night of celebration and that’s exactly what was delivered —  another great gala for an incredible cause!


About Villa Charities

Formed in 1971, Villa Charities provides care for the elderly Italian Canadian population and supports individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. Villa Charities was built upon a rich Italian Canadian heritage and has since grown to include Villa Colombo Services for Seniors, Columbus Centre/Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, VITA Community Living Services/Mens Sana Families for Mental Health. For more information, visit Villa Charities.


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