Your support of Wild Ball has helped to give wild animals in need their best chance at a healthy life in the wild. To learn more about what TWC does, watch our video.
TORONTO WILDLIFE CENTRE’S WILD BALL
Thank you to all those who attended Wild Ball 2018! The night was a huge success in raising funds for the rescue and treatment of many wild patients in TWC's care.
Wild Ball is the signature annual fundraising gala to support TWC’s work in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wild animals. At Wild Ball 2018, we celebrated our 25th anniversary! Guests were treated to culinary masterpieces from some of the city’s best chefs, entertainment including both and a silent and online auction! Wild Ball 2018 took place at Palais Royale Ballroom (1601 Lakeshore Blvd W) - a stunning venue located at historic Sunnyside Beach on the shores of Lake Ontario. Thank you to Palais Royale for their generous support of Wild Ball!
Building a healthy community for people and wildlife
Since opening in 1993, TWC has become a vital and trusted community resource and the only wildlife hospital in the Greater Toronto Area. The busiest of its kind in Canada, TWC has helped more than 90,000 wild animals, reaching hundreds of thousands of people through our education and outreach channels.
Sick, injured and orphaned wild animals cannot pay their own medical bills but providing the highest quality compassionate care for wild patients costs money.
Proceeds from Wild Ball are going directly toward providing essential services including rescuing wild animals in life-threatening situations, and providing medical treatment and rehabilitative care.Learn More About TWC Here
Thank you to our host of incredible chefs:
Steffan Howard is the Corporate Executive Chef of Palais Royale Ballroom, The Grand Luxe Event Boutique, The Exchange Cafe, Rotman School of Management and The Food Studio Catering and Banquet Operations for The Pegasus Hospitality Group. Chef Howard has been a long-time supporter and good friend to TWC ever since he brought in an injured squirrel for treatment many years ago.
Brad Long is recognized as one of the top chefs in Canada. Currently he is chef and owner of Café Belong and Belong Catering. He is a co-host of the Food Network hit Restaurant Makeover and is currently in post-production of a new provocative food documentary. An active advocate for sustainable farming and ethical treatment of livestock, his talents are highly acclaimed by some of the country’s toughest food critics.
Executive Chef Daniel Holloway of Urban Acorn Catering believes great food is achieved by harnessing bold flavours from humble ingredients. With over 15 years in the culinary industry, he has catered for high profiled clients such as Margaret Atwood, Prince, former Lieutenant Governor Michaëlle Jean and Vegan athlete turned deputy general for the green part of Canada, George Laraque. Chef Holloway’s signature style can be best described as refined comfort food, a blend of rustic Canadian cuisine with fine French techniques. He and his partner created Urban Acorn LTD., a Toronto-based sustainable plant-based food company focused on connecting food and community.
Jonny Crichlow is the Executive Chef for Amsterdam Brew House and Barrel House and has 20+ years in the restaurant industry. He has won and placed in numerous kitchen competitions and has a passion for Caribbean food and accelerated leadership.
Thanks to the host of Wild Ball 2018:
Ann Rohmer has devoted much of her life to the well-being of pets and wildlife. As the passionate host of Animal House Calls on CP24 and Animal Planet, she proudly turned the spotlight on "animal angels" from coast to coast to coast. Nathalie Karvonen, Toronto Wildlife Centre’s Executive Director, was a favourite guest on AHC. Her intelligent and deeply caring approach to wildlife has made Toronto Wildlife Centre the enormously successful organization that it is today!
Ann Rohmer was thrilled to emcee TWC's Wild Ball in 2016 and is incredibly excited about hosting THIS year's big event!
The eclectic career of Tabby Johnson has led her from stage to films to television to concert venues. She has garnered an American Music award for her work with Rick James as well as a Grammy nod. On stage, Tabby has receive accolades from fans and critics alike as well as recognition from her peers with a Dora Mavor Moore nod for her work as "Petite Mama," a Gemini nod for her word on "Guess What?" and two New York Theatre nods for best new cabaret performer and NYC childrens’ television for best show.
Ann Paula Bautista
Ann Paula is a Toronto based Filipinx-Canadian multidisciplinary artist. A graduate of Randolph Academy’s College program, she has performed on stages all around Canada and the US. She’s also sung the national anthems twice for the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. When she is not performing, she can be found creating and sharing stories with her Tita Collective.
Past credits include: We Will Rock You, Avenue Q (STF), In the Heights (We Are Here), Disenchanted:1st national tour (Starvox), Grease, Company (CMTP), Hair (Randolph), RENT, and Shrek (LOT).
Maggie Cassella has tackled nearly every aspect of the business of show. From hosting and producing her own nationally televised talk show (‘Because I Said So’ airing on CityTV/Star) to her own drive-time radio show (Proud FM) to appearing on every major Canadian network as a current events commentator to live events. Some of her producing credits include producing for Extra, The Vent (a six part OUTTV), and In The Pink (The Comedy Network). Maggie co-wrote a book with OITNB’s Lea DeLaria published by Random House, and has written for TV (Showtime, CBC, WNED) and the stage.
Classically trained solo guitarist
Wild Ball 2018 Auction
Wild Ball 2018 guests had the opportunity to bid on items in our silent auction throughout the evening. Some of our incredible auction items included:
…and many more items!