Over 40,000 families across the GTA are impacted by Epilepsy. For NBA star Tristan Thompson, yes Khloe Kardashian’s boyfriend and baby father, Epilepsy hits close to home. At the #AmariSoiree on August 9th, Thompson explains the struggles of seeing his brother live with Epilepsy, but also the challenges his mothers has been posed with raising his little brother over the years.
The Amari Thompson Fund was created to support epilepsy programs and to provide critical support thousands of families. Epilepsy is a challenging journey, and Thompson recognizes that community support is crucial.
“My brother Amari, has always been the greatest motivational force in my life,” said Thompson. “To see all of these people come together under one roof to support a cause under my little brother’s name means so much. There are so many families who need this support and the Soiree is our way to give back as much as possible”
Hosted by sportscaster Paul Jones, the event brought together celebrities, corporate leaders, politicians, friends, families and community supporters for a night to remember. Incase your wonder, Khloe Kardashian was not present to support her boyfriend, but other notable were, Tristan, Amari (his little brother), and Andrea Thompson (his mother), Sergio Rosa, Nancy McCain, Vinay Vinrami. Nav Bhatia, Nancy McCain, Honourable Bill Morneau (Minister of Finance), Nav Bhattia (Raptors Super Fan) and Traci Melchor of eTalk Canada. Guests of the Soiree will enjoy delicious canapés from chef Mark McEwan, and refreshments from Nütrl Vodka, Ace Hill Beer, Kim Crawford Wines and Remy Martin.
“The Soiree is a truly special event that brings critical awareness to our cause, and support for thousands in their times of greatest need,” explains Geoff Bobb, Executive Director of Epilepsy Toronto. “We are thrilled to watch this event grow in stature, year over year, and grateful beyond measure, to Tristan and his family for their remarkable support.”
The main action occured during the thrilling live auction which featured items such as: A Night with Nav: A courtside seat with the Raptors Super Fan, Nav Bhattia; Cross Canada Tour (One way trip for two on VIA Rail’s the “Canadian” from Toronto to Vancouver) + return airfare with WestJet; TFC game + a meeting with Tosaint Ricketts and a bottle of Remy Martin XO engraved with Tristan Thompson’s signature plus many more prizes and game tickets!
There was a performance by The Luke Newman Quartet. Luke is from Saskatchewan but his appreciates the services from Epilepsy Toronto for their piece of mind while he studies at the University of Toronto.