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Party Pages: local philanthropists don their dandiest cowboy duds for the Wellspring Henderson Hoedown

Should all Toronto’s ritzy charity galas require guests to wear goofy outfits? Probably not, but last Thursday’s Wellspring Henderson Hoedown had a Western theme, and the well-worn party cliche transformed what could have been just another stuffy fundraiser into a rollicking good time. Monied philanthropists came dressed in their best Western threads—for most, that meant blue jeans, a vintage plaid cowboy shirt and, of course, a big ol’ cowboy hat (though we did spot one woman packing a gun holster with pink cow splotches)—at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel for the 20th annual event to support Wellspring’s efforts to provide relief for individuals, family members and professional caregivers touched by cancer. Guests included a number of media personalities, including Wellspring chair and CBC anchor Nancy Wilson, TVO’s The Agenda’s Steve Paikin, Canada AM’s Beverly Thomson, the CBC’s Wendy Mesley and City TV’s Cynthia Mulligan. Also in attendance were Jim Treliving, chairman and owner of Boston Pizza and noted dragon on the Dragon’s Den, roaming comedian Ali Badshah, Olympic gold medallist Tessa Bonhomme and Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy, who provided entertainment—and a little romance—during the dinner portion of the evening.

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