Fashion Cares 25

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

David Furnish and Elton John at Royal York Fashion Cares Dinner

Linda Evangelista

Elton John at $25,000 table

Sister Sisters with Colin and Justin of Home Heist

Elton John and David Furnish with some sexy waiters from Crewmen & Co. You can book them for parties, weddings etc. at

Singer Melleefresh (who made her own costume) on the Red carpet for the 25th and final Fashion Cares Gala at the Sony Centre

Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters

Elton John


Your Humble Blogger Volunteering at Fashion Cares. Royal York Hotel

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.



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8 responses to “Fashion Cares 25

  1. Hey Jeff, you’re so charming, handsome and charismatic, I cannot imagine you ever feeling “like a bit of a schlub.” The benefit looked amazing; it’s great that you volunteered for it.

    I enjoyed our conversation this morning enormously and felt like a dishevelled country bumpkin beside you. By the way, my visit to the Princess Margaret was extremely but everyone there was hugely reassuring. The commonest form of treatment is the “do nothing for watch and wait” approach. But I’m back again next week for the standard needle biopsy. Hope to meet you again one day!

    Best regards,

    • That should have read “visit to the Princess Margaret was extremely S STRESSFUL” …. the library computer timed out! I’m now heading out to shop hoping to find a discrete gay T-shirt to wear to class. Again, it was fantastic meeting you!

      • Great meeting you too! Out on the Street has a huge selection of T-shirts. May find something there you like. Beside it, the Church Street Diner has a pretty good Reuben if you are looking for lunch 🙂

  2. Hey Alan!
    I enjoyed meeting you today as well. And you looked great! So glad to hear it was reassuring. As I said, you are in the best medical hands in the country. Yes, would enjoy meeting for coffee anytime you are in the city. Will text to your number so you have mine. Safe travels home 🙂

  3. ScottyG


    The waiters are actually from a company called Crewmen & Co. You can book them for parties, weddings…any event to come and sever your guests.

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