I spent yesterday volunteering with ACT (AIDS Council of Toronto) for what was the 25th and final Fashion Cares.
What is Fashion Cares?
It is a legendary Toronto AIDS fundraiser that has brought together designers, celebrities, unbelievable fashion shows and music performances since the early days of AIDS in the 1980s. Over the years fashion cares has always been on of the hottest parties of the year in Toronto.
And last night was no exception.
As Your Humble Blogger was working as a greeter by the elevators, I had the plum job of welcoming those arriving to the VIP pre-party dinner to the Royal York hotel ballroom (where tables cost $25,000 each!). And as the upper echelon of Toronto society, decked to the nines, entered I also directed them to registration. Everyone looked STUNNING. Well everyone but me, that is.
In my volunteer T-shirt I felt like a bit of a schlub.
Still, Sir Elton smiled at me as he walked past toward the ballroom.
And may I say Elton looks great! And his husband, David Furnish, was looking mighty fine too! I’m guessing they don’t buy their suits at Moore’s during their annual “Two for One Sale” like I do.
By the way, can I mention that I’m crushing a bit on the Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears this morning? A very handsome and charming guy.
After the VIP dinner (when we had put the upper echelon of Toronto society onto shuttle buses to the Sony Centre for the Elton John and Friends concert) ACT was nice enough to give me (and other volunteers) a ticket to the show.
Performers included: Elton John, Janelle Monae, Scissor Sisters, Sky Ferreira, Aleesia, Devine Brown and others.
And what a show!
You would never know that Sir Elton John had to cancel a show earlier in the week as he was a excellent voice! As he demonstrated with “Your Song”, “Tiny Dancer”, “Benny and the Jets”, “Rocket Man”, and the finale (with the entertainers) “I’m Still Standing”.
And as I was sitting in the very last row of the balcony… I can say Sir Elton played to the very back row of the balcony!
The Husband was a tad jealous he missed it but as I told him: “perhaps you should volunteer more”.
The after-party at Maison Mercer we something to behold as well… but that, as they say, is another story (for another day).
Thanks to ACT, The Elton John AIDS foundation and Fashion Cares for a brilliant swan song.
Jeffrey, The Gay Groom
PS: As I could not take photos while working, all photos were ripped off from a number of photographers who posted photos today on the internet including those from the Toronto Star and Global News.