Le Grand Bal
The annual Le Grand Bal gala returned to the city on Nov. 24, 2014, bringing with it an evening of mystery and opulence. Presented by the House of Forward Foundation and held at the Fermenting Cellar in Toronto, this year’s event was themed as a masquerade, prompting guests to don their masques and black tie best. Over 250 of Canada’s most influential cultural innovators and philanthropists joined in to celebrate the dramatic debut of Canadian
Fabric Vol II, the annual magazine recognized as Canada’s cultural yearbook. George Stroumboulopoulos, as well as honorary chair of the House of Forward Foundation Suzanne Rogers and Le Grand Bal chair Sylvia Mantella, were among the many movers and shakers at this memorable soiree. Funds raised from Le Grand Bal, as well as all profits from the sale of Canadian Fabric, will benefit Oolagen, a not-for-profit children’s mental health agency.
Photos: 1. Robert Mantella, president and CEO of Mantella Corporation, and Sylvia Mantella, chair of Le Grand Bal and chief marketing officer at Mantella Corporation 2. Live entertainment enchanted guests throughout the evening 3. Michelle Zerillo-Sosa, co-founder of Dolce Media Group, and husband Sergio Sosa 4. Simon Rosen, president of Erie Meat Products Ltd., and wife Kelly Rosen 5. Alex Filiatrault, director of sales and marketing at Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, with Lisa Tant, vice-president of exclusive services and store experience at Holt Renfrew, and Nolan Bryant, society reporter for the Globe and Mail 6. Suzanne Rogers, honorary chair of the House of Forward Foundation with daughter Chloe Rogers, model