Scrubs in the City 2018 Brings Rome to Toronto

On June 7, over 1,200 guests came out to Evergreen Brick Works for the 17th annual Scrubs in the City #SKScrubs.   Over $820,000 was raised in support of a renewed and re-imagined SickKids campus.  To-date, this annual event has raised almost $6 million in support of SickKids.

This year’s theme was Roman Holiday.

Denise & Tara
Denise Dang & LADIESFUND Tara Dawood making a grand entrance


Guests were greeted with champagne being poured into glasses by an acrobat who was upside down when she did the pouring!

Sylvia Mantella & Suzanne Rogers slayed as always
Jeanne Becker
Caroline Williams, Taya Day & Melissa Barrett
Tara Dawood & Massoud Abbasi
Joan Kelley Walker styled by Basil Waris with Wardrobe by Tome Dress Salon, Shoes by Stuart Weitzman, Earrings by Serra Boutique, Ring by Mark Lash Jewelry, and Clutch by Seasonz Toronto


Candace Sinclair wearing Dolce Gabbana
Julianne Glatz


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Anita Soltanian’s Garema Crown Clutch

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Guests were also greeted by living statues that were provided by Statues Alive


Fun shots
Good cheer all around



Scrubs Organizing Committee 2018
#SKScrubs 2018 Committee members

“The 17th annual Scrubs in the City fundraising event was a spectacular evening welcoming over 1,200 of Toronto’s best dressed to enjoy and experience all that our Roman Holiday had to offer,” says Ted Garrard, CEO, SickKids Foundation. “Guests were transported to the elegant and enchanting eternal city of Roman and were treated to la dolce vita from start to finish. What’s more, we raised $820,000 to re-imagine our SickKids campus. Because of the support from our Scrubs community, we will be able to ensure that our patients have the best outcomes possible. Over the past 17 years, Scrubs has raised over $5.7 million for various high priority needs of the hospital.”


Catering on the night was provided by Toben Food by Design.  Additionally, restaurants Amano Pasta, Buca, Jamie’s Italian and Piano Piano, donated their services/product in support of this worthy cause.





One very cool feature of this year’s Scrubs were the fashion illustrators, who were booked through Marcus Kan from Draw A Dot:

  • Laura Gulshani
  • Chris Nevin
  • Lisa Nishimura
  • Michael Hak
  • Sabina Fenn


Michael Hak illustrating…


Lisa Nishimura’s sketch of Tara Dawood


The Silent Auction is one of the highlights of the fundraiser.



Raffle prizes were won by the following:

  • $30K gift certificate: Thomas B. Fotheringham
  • Travel prize: Dan Sternberg
  • Jewellery: Cherise Berman



Entertainment was provided by Sole Power including a mesmerizing operatic performance and the funky DJ.



The $820,000 raised this year will go to re-imagine the SickKids campus. The funds will support the “Re-imagine Our Campus pillar of the SickKids VS Limits campaign, helping to build brand-new clinical facilities designed to accommodate cutting-edge best practices and technology, attract world-class medical leaders, and provide the best comfort and care to children and their families. Over the past 17 years, Scrubs has raised over $5.7M for various high priority needs of the hospital.”

Next year’s theme is Brazil.  While this year, Rome was sophisticated – cool and collected, Rio will be pure party central.  On June 6, 2019, Scrubs will celebrate the town that invented carnaval, so “don’t miss your chance to be a carioca (a Rio native) and sip your caipirhina cocktail to a samba beat on Copacabana beach.” Tickets are already available at and expect to be sold out again, like this year, so grab yours early.

To see more photos from #SKScrubs: Rome, check out the official Flickr album:  Photos courtesy of George Pimentel

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T U Dawood is a freelance journalist as well as the former Canadian representative to the YNS, the youth wing of the Associated Press. She is a specialist on entrepreneurship, President of LADIESFUND and is on a mission to educate girls in need throughout the world. Check out her Educate a Girl charity.
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