More than 200 guests enjoyed a magical spring night under the stars at a private estate in Etobicoke on June 1, 2017. The event was WaterStone Foundation’s third annual Garden Party to raise funds and awareness for Eating Disorders. The evening raised $175,000 that will be directed to fund Eating Disorder programs offered by publicly funded institutions and individuals needing financial aid for treatment.
Guests included Free the Children founder, Craig Kielburger, 96-year-old Equestrian Hall of Fame Inductee, Dorinda Greenway, and EVP of NBC Universal Television Canada, Ron Suter who gathered at John Scullion and Michelle Busic’s home in the Kingsway.
Guests enjoyed live jazz by Steve Hagen, fine wines, five-star cuisine, fresh oysters and The Cheese Boutique's finest offerings while strolling through the home's sprawling gardens. Eating Disorder specialist, Dr. Anita Federici spoke about a need for more funding in Canada for this mental health illness and WaterStone Board Member, Kelly Hall-Holland paid tribute to her magnetic young daughter who lost her battle with Anorexia Nervosa. London, Ontario resident John Dyson who has lived in a Transition House partly funded by WaterStone Foundation spoke about the challenges of living with an ‘invisible’ challenge of an Eating Disorder.
Eating Disorders have the highest mortality of any psychiatric illness and is the leading cause of death for women between 17-24 years of age. As many as 600,000 to 900,000 Canadians meet the diagnostic criteria for an Eating Disorder at any given time. WaterStone Foundation was created when two families were met with hardships when their daughters were diagnosed with an eating disorder. While dealing with their struggles, the families realized the compelling need for innovative eating disorder treatment in Canada.
Photo credit: George Pimental Photography