Tristian Thompson at Amari Soiree for Epilepsy Toronto

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”

Tristian Thompson at Amari Soiree for Epilepsy Toronto
Tristan and Andrea Thompson (his mother) take the stage at the Amari Soiree (Photos: George Pimentel)

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.

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Host of the evening, sports broadcaster, Paul Jones (Photos: George Pimentel)

“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.”

Andrea & Amari Thompson at the Amari Soiree for Epilepsy Toronto | View the VIBE Toronto
Andrea & Amari Thompson at the Amari Soiree for Epilepsy Toronto (Photos: George Pimentel)

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.

Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance at the Amari Soiree | View the VIBE Toronto
Honourable Bill Morneau (the Minister of Finance) takes the stage to say a few words at the Amari Soiree for Epilepsy Toronto | View the VIBE Toronto

 

Globe & Mail Centre Patio - Amari Soiree | View the VIBE Toronto
Guests enjoy the incredible fews on the south facing patio of the Globe & Mail Centre where the Amari Soiree was hosted.

 

The Luke Newman Quartet - Epilepsy Toronto Amari Soiree | View the VIBE Toronto
The Luke Newman Quartet (Photo: George Pimentel)

 

Auctioneer at the Amari Soiree - Epilepsy Toronto | View the VIBE Toronto
Auctioneer on stage blazing through bids (Photo: George Pimentel)

 

Globe & Mail Centre Patio View - Epilepsy Toronto Team | View the VIBE Toronto
Epilepsy Toronto Team at the Amari Soiree with the picturesque Toronto skyline views from atop the Globe & Mail Centre patio (Photo: George Pimentel)