Earlier this month, Dignitas International hosted an evening of intrigue and inspiration with an advanced screening of the highly anticipated James Bond film SPECTRE at the Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Toronto. Afterwards, guests mingled at an exclusive after-party at the Drake One Fifty, which featured Bond-inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a shiny new silver Aston Martin v8 Vantage on display.
More than 400 high profile Torontonian entrepreneurs, business people and celebrities were entertained by emcee George Stroumboulopoulos. Former President of Christie’s Canada, Suzanne Davis, helped to auction off the Ultimate James Bond Experience package, which included a day at the track to race an Aston Martin, a 5-night stay at a luxurious home in Aspen, two business flights from Toronto to Aspen, and his and hers down winter coats from CMFR. Canadian musician and Dignitas supporter Leslie Feist was also in attendance and generously donated a Framus electric guitar as a late-breaker auction prize. The guitar was described as a road warrior and was played extensively on her album entitled The Reminder. More than $200,000 was raised in support of Dignitas International’s lifesaving medical care and research efforts in Malawi and Northern Ontario. The event was supported in large part by leading corporations, which included Presenting and Official Sponsors Cineplex Entertainment, BMO Capital Markets, CIBC, and RBC.
“We are so grateful for the generous support we receive from our corporate and individual supporters who make our work possible. The funds raised from this event empowers us to deliver lifesaving medical programs and conduct high-impact research that improves health care for people living with HIV, TB, diabetes and other critical diseases,” said Heather Johnston, President and CEO of Dignitas International.
Notable guests who took in the advanced screening of SPECTRE and cocktail reception at Drake One Fifty included actors Alex Mallari Jr. (Dark Matter), Anthony Lemke (Dark Matter), David Sutcliffe (Proof), Gabriel Macht (Suits), Gia Sandhu (Beeba Boys), Natalie Brown (The Strain), Paul Amos (Assassin’s Creed Syndicate), Victoria Atkin (Assassin’s Creed Syndicate) and Liona Boyd (Juno Award-winning guitarist). Additional guests included Dignitas International Chair and CEO of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Services, Dr. Michael Schull, Dignitas USA Chair and President of Quandrant Capital, Michael D. Young, City of Toronto Film Commissioner Zaib Shaikh, Playwright and Dignitas Board Member David Young.