TORONTO — Hundreds of young professionals gathered recently for a night of opulence and intrigue at the third annual Sinai Soiree.
The party, held on June 21 at the Maro Supper Club in Liberty Village in Toronto’s west end, raised more than $50,000 to support women’s health and cancer research at Mount Sinai Hospital.
The funding ensures that state-of-the-art health care is provided to the Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre, the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute and the Peter A. Silverman Centre for International Health.
The evening featured a fashion show with models wearing Cosabella and ResultWear lingerie and performances by Nuvo Burlesque, as well as hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
In previous years, the Sinai Soiree was part of the Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary Gala. This year, it was an independent event, organized by Future Sinai and Leadership Sinai – two volunteer leadership groups composed of young philanthropists.
Future Sinai targets 20- to 30-year-olds, while Leadership Sinai targets 30- to 45-year-olds in the Jewish community.
“These two groups are the future of the hospital both in terms of philanthropy and leadership, and I think it’s so important for our generation to understand and begin the practice of giving back to our community,” said Lauren Winberg, who co-chaired the party with Ashley Steinhauer of Future Sinai and Andrew Miller, Jordan Fogle and Daniel MacDonald of Leadership Sinai.
“Toronto is blessed with having such an active and involved Jewish community, which means there are a lot of events. I think the soiree stands out because it’s a night to get dressed up and have a great time, while knowing that the proceeds are supporting their local community hospital, of which, many of us have a personal connection,” Winberg said.
Both she and Steinhauer have been involved with the Sinai Soiree for the past three years. “It’s such a fun event and a cause that is close to our hearts. My great-grandmother was a Mount Sinai Women’s Auxiliary volunteer in the 1960s. It’s an incredible feeling to know that we are connected through our passion for philanthropy,” Winberg said.
“I know she’d be proud of what Mount Sinai has become and where Future Sinai is going to take the next generation.”