Last night some of Canada’s most brilliant and innovative minds came for the second annual “The Talk” – a live panel discussion with thought leaders in support of Canada’s most creative charities UforChange.
*images by George Pimental Photography
Taking place at Toronto’s Artscape Daniel Launchpad at the city’s waterfront, The Talk panelists included producer and director Barry Avrich, award-winning writer and editor Sabrina Maddeaux, celebrity fashion designer Christopher Paunil, and CBC broadcaster and writer Amanda Parris. The Talk was moderated by philanthropist and Mantella Corporation’s Chief Marketing Officer Sylvia Mantella, and hosted by Nicole Servinis of Breakfast Television.
The Talk’s topic this year, “Transparency of Success” uncovered how these creative leaders paved their inimitable path in their respective industries through candid, unforgettable, and motivating stories of struggle and achievement. While the panelists’ stories and anecdotes were indeed inspiring, one thing about the night greatly exceeded expectations, fundraising expectations that is. The event raised over $108,000, beating their already ambitious goal, all of which will go to funding free arts programming and education for youth across the Greater Toronto Area.
A diverse audience of Toronto’s most influential creators and business leaders along with emerging artists from the UforChange program came together to enjoy a one-hour networking cocktail prior to the panel discussion followed by a reception with catering by Royal Meats, wines courtesy of Vinologist, beer courtesy of Side Launch Brewing Company, and beverages courtesy of Perrier.
Notable attendees included actress Mikhael Kale, Olunike Adeliyi, Ann Kaplan Mulholland, Joan Kelley Walker, David Dixon, Glen Baxter, Susan Langdon, Andrea Bolley, Glenn Dixon, Candice Sinclair, Christine Rezvanian, Michael Zoffranieri, and Ashlee Froese.
“This year’s event was such a great success. We exceeded our ambitious fundraising goal while ensuring our costs were as minimal as possible”, says event co-chair Sarah Paterson, “This event would not be what it is without our ever-talented moderator Sylvia Mantella who expertly guided the conversation and flow of the evening. Our esteemed and diverse panelists were captivating and so transparent in their telling of the stories of their success our audience could have listened to them talk and share their insights all night. On behalf of everyone who worked on this event, thank you to each and every one of our supporters who have helped us continue to be able to ensure the UforChange arts programs will benefit the next generation of creatives.”
Celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year, UforChange has been committed to providing young people, ages 16 to 29, from all over the Greater Toronto Area, with a combination of creative, practical, and soft skills that will help them develop their careers in a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment. Since 2009, UforChange has served over 2,450 youth from all over the Greater Toronto Area, over 600 youth have graduated from their Core Arts Program from which 323 joined post-secondary education, 555 were offered paid employment opportunities, and 665 volunteer opportunities.
Proceeds from ticket sales and donations will help fuel the next generation of young creatives at the charitable organization by allowing youth to obtain a free arts education during the next program cycle.