That’s how much Amanda Brugel’s Brug’s Army raised for their first ever charity event. The monies will go to the Blooview Children’s Hospital, which is just brilliant.
But just as important for the fans who gave their money, they had a wonderful evening chatting and laughing with some of Canada’s best and brightest.
Sue, our op and good friend Bonnie, and myself all arrived just shortly before the doors opened for the upstairs area that had been reserved, and we fell into the queue which leapt up the stairs to meet all of the amazing folks who Amanda had arranged to join the fans and folks that night.
And what a list of people!
We grabbed a table over by the open windows, and caught up with our friend Rick Howland (Lost Girl) and his wonderful wife Nadia, whom we hadn’t seen in ages. We just sat and chatted, watching the buzz of activity fill the room as people, who had come from all over for this event, got to meet some of their favorite television stars.
We delightedly got to catch up with our friends Adam Korson and Carrie-Lynn Neales from Seed. We hadn’t seen Adam since his appearance on our show, but there really doesn’t seem to be a nicer or funnier guy around and he hugged all of us on sight, and asked when he could come back on our show, so stay tuned for that, cause we’re going to make that happen!
Also on hand were our friends Lara-Jean Chorostecki (Hannibal) and Trenna Keating (Defiance), who came over to our table to give us a big hello, a round of hugs, and a catch-up of all the stuff we’d all been up to since we last saw one another. They’re both brilliantly funny and engaging and seemed to be having a great time with everyone.
It was actually a lot of fun to see some of the celebs meeting one another for the first time, and consequently tweeting pics about it.
And I need to apologize right now, as neither Sue nor I took pictures, we were just happy to catch up with our friends and spend an evening in their company.
I wandered about and bumped into the group from Degrassi, including Cory Lee, Raymond Ablack and our dear friend, and one of the stars of The Lesser Blessed, Chloe Rose.
As I wandered back to our table, I saw that we’d been joined by Paul Amos (Lost Girl, Captain Canuck) and caught up with him for a bit.
Through it all a whirlwind of activity surrounded Amanda and Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl), so much so that we didn’t get a chance to even say hi to Amanda until later in the evening though she more than made up for it by wrapping us up in a big hug and thanking Sue and I profusely. We love that woman!
We also got a brief moment to chat with Stephanie Anne Mills (Seed) and get caught up with her, she’s delightful and such a joy to chat with.
And in the midst of it all, we finally found the hilarious Kate Hewlett, who we’re looking forward to having back on our show, and I had the unique pleasure of introducing her and Adam Korson to one another, and just watch the two of them goof and riff with one another right from the get-go, it was a lot of fun, and a highlight of the evening for me.
There were a few people there that we hadn’t met yet, and were eager to say hello to, and hope to persuade them to join us on our show, including the lovely Vanessa Matsui (Seed) and her co-star Matt Baram, as well as Kevin Hanchard and Inga Cadranel from Orphan Black.
It was a well put together event, and considering that there were over 100 people there celebs included, everything seemed to go very smoothly, and everyone got into the relaxed chatty atmosphere, wandering from circle to circle, introducing themselves and snapping pictures and getting autographs.
It was such an easy atmosphere, Brug’s Army did an amazing job, and it seemed to work brilliantly.
The thing that simply stumped Sue and I the most though, were there were people there, people we didn’t know, who knew us because they watch our show! One woman shared with us that not only did she love our chat with Adam and Carrie, and loved how we put our guests so at ease, but that she uses that episode to unwind after tough days, and just rewatches it for all the laughs (#appreciatewood).
In the end, it was a fantastic night, with a lot of friends and new friends, chatting, sharing a beverage and a laugh, and happily doing it all for an amazing cause.
Amanda Brugel and Brug’s Army did a fantastic thing on Sunday eve, and I hope it’s just the beginning of a number of events like this.
We had a great night, and it was so good to see all of you!
Thank you to everyone who came from near and far to join in the festivities for the evening!
And congratulations on helping to raise $21,000 for the hospital!