Swanky House Party Helps Kick off Show House

Cynthia Cheng

The Junior League of Toronto (JLT) Showhouse, which opened on Friday, May 8,  kicked off with HOUSE PARTY, the evening before its opening.  Held in a tent at the Estates of Sunnybrook, behind the Showhouse venue, McLean House,  the evening celebrated Showhouse’s designers and volunteers, all of whom put in a great deal of work to make Showhouse a success. Showhouse is the JLT’s major fundraiser and occurs every four or five years to raise funds for various community and JLT-supported projects.  Recipients this year include the St. Alban’s Boys’ and Girls’ Club, The Sunnybrook Foundation’s Women and Babies program as well as various JLT projects such as JLT Kickstart for Health, a project which encourages healthy living for girls.

Attendees were entertained with amazing sounds – the music was neither too loud nor too mellow – and tastebuds satisfied by the delicious treats from A La Carte Catering.  The silent auction, stocked with items such as gift certificates for restaurants, spas and stores, as well as furniture, accessories and so forth took over several tables, an excellent size.  I have been to events which cost over $125 a ticket which had fewer items.

The event was definitely a little more “grown up” than many similar parties held around the city.  Besides the lack of crazy music (thank goodness), there weren’t any demonstrations, make-up touch-ups or other activities like that.  Of course, all attendees had the opportunity to take a look at McLean House before it opened to the public the following day. 

It was a great night both for those who were involve with the project and those who came for fun.  One thing which they could have had were more speeches, especially from key JLT people. 

Showhouse runs at McLean House until May 31.  Tickets are $25.  To find out more about JLT Showhouse, including hours of operation, please check out Showhouse’s website.