|Only One Week until the St
Andrew's Charity Ball Practices begin!
This year, the Ball will be held on Saturday November 28th at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel Toronto. For those of you that have already purchased tickets, we look forward to welcoming you back to the Ball; for those that haven’t, what are you waiting for? Come celebrate and dance the night away while raising money to support Toronto charities.
Dance Practice Parties!
For all dancers there are practices at the Moss Park Armoury, 130 Queen St E, from 8-10 pm on Tuesday November 17th, Friday November 20th and Tuesday November 24th. There will also be a Saturday afternoon practice at the Armoury on November 21st from 2-4 pm.
Construction Alert: Roadwork is ongoing on Queen St, in front of the Armouries. As such there is no street parking on Queen. There is a large pay parking lot at Queen & Mutual St (one block west of Jarvis). Alternatively, there is some street parking on Shuter St, on the north side of the Armoury. Entry to the practice is through the south doors.
We are delighted to have our expert dance instructor, Ian Paterson, with us once again. There will also be free tastings of Glenfiddich whisky, Butler’s Bitter beer, and Innis and Gunn beer at the evening practices during intermission.
Caution: The floors have been recently resurfaced, so be sure and wear non-slip shoes.
For those of you who are too far away to attend the practices, you can retrieve a dance card, and watch the dances selected for this year’s Ball on YouTube using links provided on the Ball’s Ceilidh Dancing Cribs webpage.
You Give...You Get. Bring-a-friend challenge and other great prizes!
We are supporting the CP24/CHUM Christmas Wish again this year. In support of this great cause, please consider bringing an unwrapped toy or a donation cheque, payable to CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish, to any of the dance practices or to the charity Ball.
We are once again excited to offer a raffle for two return flights from Toronto to Edinburgh aboard Air Canada Rouge, plus tickets to the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh. Tickets are 5 for $20 - on sale at the evening practices and during the pre-dinner Reception at the Ball.
This year we have two great door prizes: The Royal York has kindly donated a certificate for a free night at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, and Rent Frock Repeat has donated a gift certificate for a gown rental. And last, but not least, we will be presenting a bottle of fine malt whisky to the person who brings the most people to the Ball.
Online Ticket Purchase, Ticket Pricing and Charitable Donation Tax Receipts!
This year I encourage you to purchase your tickets online! Use the following link to the St. Andrew's Society website for your user-friendly online ticket purchase. Be sure and fill in Reservation Name to ensure you are seated together with friends. If you prefer to register by mail, please use the attached printed form and send it in to the address provided on the form, or bring it to one of the practices.
We have a special price for active members of the St Andrew's Society Toronto, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and the 48th Highlanders. You can avail yourself of this pricing by making a membership donation to the St Andrew's Society. Donations go directly to the agencies we support. Ticket price for active Members of SAST, RSCDS and the 48th Highlanders: $125, Non-members: $150 (with a tax receipt for a portion of the proceed)
Challenged with what to Wear – Worry no more
Gentlemen can hire a kilt for the evening of the Ball from one of two great Scottish shops:
· William Glen & Son Canada Ltd. at 1825 Avenue Road,
website: http://www.williamglen.ca/wp/ or
· The Scottish Company at 2001 Leslie Street
Ladies – This is a formal event so Women usually wear long ball gowns or cocktail dresses.
This year we are happy to be partnering with Rent Frock Repeat for ladies who would prefer to rent a gown. As an added bonus, mention that you are attending the St. Andrew’s Charity Ball, or use the promo code “ANDREW” at checkout (see the attached flyer) and RFR will make an added donation of 10% of the rental to benefit our charities! Just a tip – we’ve seen lots of ladies change from their high heels into flat shoes before the dancing begins! Click Here
Wine for Dinner
Don’t wait until dinner begins to select a wine for your table. Once you have your ticket and table number you can pre-order wine using the attached wine list.
Note: Taxes and Gratuities are included in the pricing.
Here is the order form to order your wine
Guest of Honour
We are delighted to announce that our guest of honour will be The Hon. Kirsty Duncan PC MP who has just been nominated to cabinet by Justin Trudeau as Minister of Science.
Dancing Demonstration for your enjoyment
And for something to aspire to, we are delighted that the McDonnell School of Highland Dance are performing during the intermission at the Ball.
We hope you have enjoyed The St Andrew's Charity Ball in past years and will once again join us as we celebrate a night of Scottish revelry!
Best Wishes from the 2015 St. Andrew’s Charity Ball Committee
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