Over 400 people attended the 6th edition of the Incognito Masked Ball, which was held by Young Leaders Circle of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation on October 28, at the Entrepots Dominion, on St. Ambroise Street.
Presented by Engel & Volkers and McGill Real Estate, this year’s Incognito Masked Ball went under the theme of “Meet Me at the Ball”. The multitude of guests were dressed in their semi-formal cocktail chic and masked best, whether it be Halloween style, classic masquerade, super heroes, commedia dell’arte or even Star Wars. As soon as they entered the site of the ball, they were greeted by some unique musical entertainment, which included a pair of Genji pianists from Japan, who played a selection of classic and contemporary compositions in tandem without breaking their rhythm, and Gabrielle, a local violinist who played the instrument with a great deal of flair and passion.
The main site of the masked ball was a breathtaking mixture of light, music and several stations that gave the guests an ambiance of romance, mystery, reverie and roses in an enchanted fairy tale setting. There were photo booths, an oyster raw bar, a candy bar, a “truth or dare” table that was sponsored by Apothic Wines (in which guests can choose a truth or dare card and write or perform whatever is requested on the card in question), and a silent auction table, where guests can bid on a large selection of top drawer items such as jewellery, cosmetic gift baskets, hotel packages, a Mountain Lake PBS mother/daughter surprise box, a McLaren Team F1 hat autographed by one the team drivers, and a Montreal Canadiens jersey signed by Alexander Galchenyk.
Proceeds from the masked ball benefitted the hospital’s H.B. Williams Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery Unit, so that it could continue to remain at the forefront of both these important surgical fields across Quebec and Canada, and continue its mission of aiding and treating children with craniofacial disorders, which affect the bones of both the skull and the face. The ball is one of the events that is organized by the Young Leaders Circle, whose mission is to make a positive impact on pediatric care in Quebec through original, creative fundraising programs.
By: Stuart Nulman – totimes.ca
Photos: ArturoLas Pinas Jr. – totimes.ca