The ILC Foundation Garden Party
In her early 20s, Toronto resident Erin Somers was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a brutal condition that is under-recognized across Canada and the United States. A year after undergoing a surgery that changed her condition and her life, Somers and her mother, Susan Hawkins, hosted a garden party at their Bridle Path estate to raise funds for a scientific workshop where leading EDS doctors from the U.S. will come together with Canadian doctors to bridge gaps of knowledge about this disease. The zebra-themed event welcomed 170 guests to a day of fine food and drink, as well as a silent auction filled with lust-worthy prizes ranging from luxurious jewelry to one-of-a-kind dining experiences. The garden party raised over $160,000 for the cause.