Self-described “recovering TV journalist/news anchor” Anne Mroczkowski was the host and honourary chair of last night’s SNAP!, a not-to-be-missed annual auction of contemporary photography in support of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). We caught up with Mroczkowski to find out more about the event and her busy life.
Tell us a bit about yourself. What should people know?
I’m a recovering TV journalist/news anchor who is now exploring a new professional direction. Areas of interest, opinion, blogging, the internet, radio. By its very nature, the news game is a starchy box, which over the years became too confining for my exploratory nature.
You were the host and honourary chair of SNAP! this year. What makes SNAP! such a not-to-be-missed event?
SNAP! is Toronto’s most exciting annual auction of contemporary photography in support of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). It features both a live and silent auction. This year it took place at The SNAP! Factory @ Andrew Richard Designs. It’s a not-to-be-missed event because whether you’re a photography lover, arts enthusiast or a seasoned art collector, it’s a great evening to enjoy a stellar collection of contemporary art and mingle with some of the city’s most stylish crowd! And the most important thing is that it’s all for a great cause. All funds raised at SNAP! help support ACT’s programs and services for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Since its inception in 2002, SNAP! has raised over $2.1 million to help gay men, women and youth to increase their knowledge, skills and resilience, and reduce HIV transmission.
What is that you love most about Toronto?
What I love most about the city is Toronto’s embrace of its diverse social cultures, languages, religions, and ethnic groups. All of it is reflected in its arts, festivals, food, and public spaces. Its design and media culture is also so varied and interesting. When you travel to more homogenous places on the planet, you miss Toronto’s unique mix.
What are three things you can’t live without?
Can’t live without my health, for which I’m deeply grateful, my peeps, and my beloved golden doodle, Bella.
Who are some of your go-to fashion designers for nights on the town and why?
For super fancy and when an event demands ‘gala goddess’, no one delivers like Greta Constantine. For the SNAP! gala though, my look was edgier – BCBG leather leggings and a flowing silk top. I prefer simplicity to ruffles. At the cottage – no make-up, no fuss.