CFC Celebrates "Televisionaries" at 21st Annual Gala & Auction

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● February 06, 2015 16:30

2015 CFC Annual Gala & Auction: Televisionaries
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The Carlu | 444 Yonge Street

CFC hosted its 21st Annual Gala & Auction: Televisionaries on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at The Carlu in Toronto. Presented by The Slaight Family Foundation, Cineplex Entertainment and NBCUniversal, the 2015 gala celebrated CFC’s exceptional talent and global partnerships in television and honoured CFC’s alumni talent involved in so many successful television series around the world. The Annual Gala & Auction is CFC’s biggest fundraising event; this year’s gala set the record for the most funds raised towardsCFC’s multidisciplinary programs, which helps build a strong foundation and vibrant future for Canada’s talent.

CFC Board Members and Gala Chairs Christina Jennings, Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury; Steven DeNure, President & COO, DHX Media; and John Morayniss, CEO, Television Group, Entertainment One, presided as the evening’s Masters of Ceremonies. Guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner by 10tation, complete with a petit four dessert bar and designer cocktails courtesy of Absolut Elyx. The evening’s entertainment featured a lineup of outstanding musical performances by Nefe, courtesy of Universal Music Canada, and Theo, courtesy of Slaight Music. In addition, CFC’s Slaight Music Residency alumna Adaline, as well as current Slaight Music residents Michael Olsen, Liam Titcomb, Laura Barrett, Ben Fox, Michelle Osis and David Arcus performed.

In attendance were Canadian film, television and digital media talent, luminaries and philanthropists, including TV and film directors/producers Patricia Rozema, Don Carmody, Don McKellar, Christina Jennings, Tassie Cameron, Clement Virgo, Aaron Martin, Marty Katz, Ivan Schneeberg, David Fortier; actors Annie Murphy, Amy Jo Johnson, Jonny Harris, Mishka Balilty; industry executives Gary and Donna Slaight, Ron Suter, Heather Conway, John Morayniss, Doug Murphy, Harold Gronenthal, Roma Khanna, Kate Alexander Daniels, Helga Stephenson, Robin Mirsky, Michael Kennedy, Corrie Coe, Blake and Belinda Goldring, Scott Dyer, John and Carryn Ruffolo, Adam Ivers, Mark Bishop, Matt Hornburg, Maria Hale, Lisa Tant, James Watt, Michael Hennessy, George Lewis, Ivan Steinberg, Victoria Webster, Gabe Gonda; philanthropists Karen and Michael Vuckets, Paul and Alessandra Dalla Lana, Victoria and Consuelo Jackman, Krystal Koo-Cooper, and Simona Shnaider, among many others. 

Highlights of this year’s Live Auction included a trip to Los Angeles to enjoy the Season 8 live finale of CTV’s The Voice and three-nights stay at a fabulous five-star hotel; a $10,000 shopping spree at Holt Renfrew,complete with a personal shopper and lunch for four at Holts Café; a weekend brunch for 30 at the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel Toronto, followed by an exclusive advance screening of a Warner Bros. theatrical release and dinner for two and a one-night stay in the Celebrity Shangri-La Suite; courtside tickets to a Toronto Raptors game against the San Antonio Spurs and an autographed Kyle Lowry jersey; a JUNO awards weekend getaway complete with two passes to JUNOfest and the JUNO welcome reception and red carpet access to the pre-JUNO reception; and a 2015 RBC Heritage Prize Package, which includes VIP clubhouse tickets and two-nights stay at the Inn overlooking the golf course.

A surprise package was added to the live auction, courtesy of Entertainment One, featuring two tickets to the world premiere of Insurgent in London’s Leicester Square in March. This exclusive experience includes airfare to London, England courtesy of Air Canada, and hotel accommodations courtesy of Entertainment One. This package also included a celebrity autographed beautiful 9-litre Salmanazar bottle of Moët & Chandon.

Some of the priceless Silent Auction “Money Can’t Buy” Experience Packages included visits to the sets of Saving Hope and Rouge, courtesy of Entertainment One; “A Day Shadowing a Designer” on a Corus Entertainment production, “A Budding Animator” package, which includes a behind-the-scenes look at a Corus Entertainment show and meet and greet with a voiceover character, and “Get Animated” opportunity to be designed and animated as a cartoon; a Murdoch Mysteries set visit courtesy of Shaftesbury; four passes to JFL42 in Toronto and four Montreal Industry passes to Just for Laughs with access to the ComedyPro conference; a personal wine tasting and tour for six guests at Closson Chase Winery; and four tickets to LIVE! with Kelly and Michael in NYC, among many other packages.

Additionally, the Silent Auction featured a spectacular selection of goods and experiences, including offerings by: Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Armani, David Yurman, Hugo Boss, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Tod’s, Roger Vivier, Rudsak, Anzie Jewelry, Sauvignon Bistro, Power Yoga, Trevor Kitchen and Bar, Dufflet Pastries, Toronto Fringe Festival, SOSA Gliding Club, La Casa Del Habano, Cineplex Entertainment, Steam Whistle Brewing, Art Gallery of Ontario, North 44 )˚, Tarragon Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Stratford Festival, The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto International Film Festival, Sweet Serendipity Bake Shop, TELUS, Montblanc, and more.

The 2015 Annual Gala & Auction was made possible thanks to the generous support of the following sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors

The Slaight Family Foundation, Cineplex Entertainment and NBCUniversal

Platinum Sponsors

RBC, Entertainment One, TD, AMC, Bell Media, Shaw Media, Netflix, Shaftesbury, Corus Entertainment, DHX Media, CRAFT Toronto, Cast & Crew Entertainment Services and Universal Music Canada

Gold Sponsors

Holt Renfrew, Highway Entertainment and Samsung

Silver Sponsors

Michael & Karen Vukets Family Foundation, Deluxe, Pinewood Toronto Studios, Temple Street Productions, Rogers, AGF Management Limited, Blue Ice Pictures, CBC, Scotiabank, Daniels/Stephenson Public Relations + Production, HBO, Telefilm Canada, KPMG Enterprise, Canadian Media Production Association, Maple Leaf Strategies and Shangri-La Hotel Toronto

Bronze Sponsors

Force Four Entertainment, Goodmans LLP, Marblemedia, Buchli Goldstein LLP and Paperny Entertainment

Media Partners

Toronto Life, National Post and Toronto Star

Official Entertainment sponsor

Slaight Music

Official Spirit

Absolut Elyx

At the Annual Gala & Auction, we invited guests to see themselves onscreen. Guests were able to take photos of themselves using an iPad that replaced the screen of a vintage television, and the photos could be immediately shared to CFC's Instagram accompanied by the hashtag #SeeMeOnScreen. CLICK HERE to see some of the photos.

Thank you to all of our guests, sponsors, donors and volunteers who helped make CFC’s 21st Annual Gala & Auction a huge success.

Please click here to visit our Flickr page to view more photos from the Gala.

Cory Angeletti-Szasz

Manager, Communications (Mat Leave)