Smartbride.ca Raises Funds to Help Women

Cynthia Cheng

 

Smartbride.ca, the recently-launched free, classified site catering to all things bridal-related, held a charity event to raise money for the Women Moving Women program.  Women Moving Women, which is part of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, helps lower-income women escape poverty by empowering themselves.

The Smartbride.ca Charity event was held at the Steam Whistle Brewery on Thursday, March 26, and attended by over 100 people.  With a predominantly female attendance, many of the activities were woman-centric.  Beauty Markz, a professional make-up service was there to give make-overs. A photobooth was set up by Snapshot Photobooth.  There were also representatives from Mary Kay.  Silent auction items were more of a mix of traditionally male and female interests, including tickets to a basketball game, jewellery and gym membership.  In addition to music provided by a DJ, La Rouge Entertainment provided two trapeze artists who enteretained the guests by swinging on a ribbon/curtain.  For those interested, tours of the brewery were also offered. 

The food was catered by Amazing Food Services,  with appetizers at the event included salmon, veggies and dip, bread and a host of spreads, as well as a cheese plate.  Most delicious of all was the drinkable chocolate, served hot and in shot glasses.  Servers also came around with plates of “nibblies” not at the table, including veggie rolls and mini crab cakes.  Out of all the food offered, the salmon and drinkable chocolate.

While the venue was a great place for such an event, finding the entrance was not exactly easy for those not familiar with the area. 

At the end of the evening, a total of $3,725 was raised, enough to move 1 1/2 women out of poverty (it takes $2,500 per person) through ticket sales ($5 of each $30 ticket went to the fund) as well as the silent auction and draw.