TOTAL RAISED: $4500.00

U N I V E R S E O F Á L I in partnership with Vegan Social Events, created by Love Wild Live Free, presents 'WIZARD OF ODDZ', a third annual Halloween Charity Event, was held on October 21st, 2016.  Benefiting Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary, Canada's only Monkey Sanctuary, located in Sunderland, Ontario.  This event was a tremendous success!  Armour Heights Officers Mess was transformed into the 'Wizard of Oddz'.  A variety of amazing live performers, a 'Flying Monkeys' Balloon Raffle with prizes, a 'Yellow Brick Silent Auction', fabulous complimentary vegan food, gifts bags, and a 'Poppy Bar' with inexpensive drinks made for an evening reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz.

 
Illustration by Antonia Weri

Illustration by Antonia Weri

 

STORY BOOK FARM PRIMATE SANCTUARY

Darwin the 'IKEA' Monkey was part of the exotic pet trade.

Darwin the 'IKEA' Monkey was part of the exotic pet trade.

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Rudy, bred by an exotic animal breeder, arrived very unwell.  Now he thrives, as all monkeys should!

Rudy, bred by an exotic animal breeder, arrived very unwell.  Now he thrives, as all monkeys should!

Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary (www.storybookmonkeys.org) is a Canadian registered charitable organization (#84081 7910 RR0001) is the only Monkey Sanctuary in Canada, offering 'freedom from fear', it is a place of healing and recovery from trauma.  Currently home to 19 Primates, they provide a permanent home for primates retiring from biomedical research, zoos, universities, and private residences, as well as advocating for the well-being of exotic animals through education.  In sanctuary care, they encourage friendships between residents, exploration and freedom of choice, giving back the ability to make decisions and control events that affect residents' lives.  100% volunteer run, Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary does not receive any government funding and relies completely on donations.  

If you would like more information please visit www.storybookmonkeys.org to volunteer or donate.


DAINA LIEPA

Feature Guest Speaker, Daina Liepa, has an extensive background in marketing and fundraising and when learned that the future of the Sanctuary was in jeopardy, immediately stepped in and joined the board eventually becoming co-owner.  Even though fundraising is still a constant, she goes up to the sanctuary two days a week to clean monkey poop and to be reminded of why she and the volunteers do what they do.

We were honoured to have Daina speak at our event.  Guests learning that Monkeys indeed live in Canada and are bred to be pets as part of the Exotic Pet Trade, along with animal testing still being practised, left people in shock as to what animals face here in Canada.


PERFORMERS

Sofonda Cox opened the night with a very special appearance as the not-so-innocent Dorothy with her gang of outsiders, then broke free to the Queen she is!

UNIVERSEOFÁLI was the night's MC and performed - a first at her Halloween Charity Events.

Coco Framboise created a fantastic and salacious act just for this 'WIZARD OF ODDZ' event!  Video to come...

Photo taken by Coco Framboise

Photo taken by Coco Framboise

Photo taken by UNIVERSEOFÁLI

Photo taken by UNIVERSEOFÁLI

 

Candy Warhol, from Bangs & Blush, entertained Guests all night long with music from the 50's & 60's!


BEST COSTUME AWARDS

BEST IN COSTUME  Suzi is the most beautiful Glinda EVER!  Thank you to Iddy Biddy Fitness Apparel for donating the perfect shirt to stay fit in! Photo taken by Aaron Fisher

BEST IN COSTUME 

Suzi is the most beautiful Glinda EVER!  Thank you to Iddy Biddy Fitness Apparel for donating the perfect shirt to stay fit in!

Photo taken by Aaron Fisher

SCARIEST COSTUME  Ian MacNeily did a fantastic job as the Courageous Lion!  Thank you to Plant Trainers for donating their Propelled by Plants t-shirt! Photo taken by @PlantTrainers

SCARIEST COSTUME 

Ian MacNeily did a fantastic job as the Courageous Lion!  Thank you to Plant Trainers for donating their Propelled by Plants t-shirt!

Photo taken by @PlantTrainers

FUNNIEST COSTUME  Look how cute the Two Market Girls are!  We're especially loving their use of recycled items!  Thank you to Mindful Macarons for donating an amazing prize of yummy Pumpkin Spice macaroons - Vegan of course! Photo taken by Aaron Fisher

FUNNIEST COSTUME 

Look how cute the Two Market Girls are!  We're especially loving their use of recycled items!  Thank you to Mindful Macarons for donating an amazing prize of yummy Pumpkin Spice macaroons - Vegan of course!

Photo taken by Aaron Fisher


'YELLOW BRICK SILENT AUCTION'  & 

'FLYING MONKEYS' BALLOON RAFFLE

All of the proceeds from the silent action and interactive balloon raffle were donated to Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary.

 

Highlights of some of the exciting items included:

Cirque du Soleil tickets for 4 to Volta in Toronto

* 2 WestJet Round Trip Airline Tickets, anywhere in North America *excluding Hawaii

* Pockets Warhol original 'conceptual' paintings

MamaEarth Organics Gift Certificate worth over $160

* 2 Maple Leaf Hockey Tickets, worth $360, donated by Michael Nituda

* Famed Artist, Anita Kunz original artwork

 

 

Thank you to all the individuals and companies that donated to the Silent Auction & Balloon Raffle:

Invictus Games, Kamal and Aruna Sethi, Gerrard Buckley, Jack McSorley, Michael Nituda, Living Lotus International, Mama Vegan, Jewels by SJB, Grace Morin (Onesta Haircare), Plant Trainers, Revolution by Ritu, Tabule Restaurant, Green House Juice, Shirt Activism Apparel, Genevieve Landry, Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary, Patrick Corrigan, Sue Coe, Daigneault, Gail Zealley-Brennan, Pebble Stone Golf, StephKYoga


TITLE SPONSOR

Thank you to our Title Sponsor who made 'Wizard of Oddz' a great success.

Improve Your Quality of Life Through Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness

Improve Your Quality of Life Through Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness


FOOD / SWAG BAG SPONSORS

Thank you to all the individuals and companies that donated Complimentary Food and Swag Bags Items:

 

Panago Pizza, Chic Peas VegVegan Stokes CheeseNona Vegan Foods, CulcherdKupfert & Kim, Aruna and Kamal Sethi, Sunflower KitchenNuts for CheeseLaine's MarinadesAmbrosia Natural FoodsWELO, foodoraYosoPixie MoodFour SigmaticManitoba Harvest HempGoGo Quinoa


VOLUNTEERS

A very special thank you goes to these individuals for which this event would not be possible:

    Kevin Cotten, Suzi Beck, Loay El-Beltagy, Sandra Handler, Jazmin Aron, Daina Liepa, Rachelle Hansen, Margie Fleming, Ana Seara, Susan Butler, Kelly Martinell, Jen Cassey, Michael Codner, Erin O'Brien, Joey Lax-Vanek, Stefanie Zaarur, Stephanie Cooper, Kathryn Langley Hope, Lara Graham, Kim Duong, Benita King, Tehsina Jaffer, Sanya Soomro, Tracy Sherman, Suzanne Boucher, Stephanie Munro, Kim Meehan, Warren Pait


AS SEEN ON

Kaivegan TV joined the wonderful 'Wizard of Oddz' 3rd Annual Halloween Charity Event presented by U N I V E R S E O F Á L I and Vegan Social Events by Love Wild Live Free, benefitting Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary. Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary is a volunteer-based and donation driven facility. Please visit their website to find out how you can support our primate friends at www.storybookmonkeys.org.


GALLERY

Photos are taken by various Photographers, credited under each Photo.