Important Announcement

Dear guests,

We wanted to thank you for your support of the Red Tie Affair this year. We understand that you, along with your invited guest(s), likely have questions with respect to our thoughts about holding this year’s Red Tie Affair in light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak.

As the disruption caused by COVID-19 continues to escalate, please know that our priority is providing an enjoyable and safe event for all our guests, including the representatives from SickKids Hospital (patients and staff ) who rely on your ongoing support.

After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone the event scheduled for Saturday, March 28th.  We have been closely monitoring the developments related to COVID-19 and have determined that postponing the event is the most prudent way to protect our family and friends. This is consistent with the advice of health officials to limit large public gatherings and practice safe social distancing.

We are extremely disappointed to have to postpone the event and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to celebrating with you when we are able to determine a date that allows us to host the event while maintaining the health and well-being of our guests.


We understand there will be questions, and we ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate in this time of global uncertainty. Our plan is to postpone the event to a later date where your tickets will be honoured, however, should you require a refund, please contact your committee representative or email to discuss.



The Red Tie Committee



The alison de silva red tie affair

MArch 28th, 2020

Mark your calendars for a night to remember.  Open bar, entertainment, dinner and dancing.  Have fun and make memories all while supporting an amazing cause, the GIFT program at SickKids.

Thanks to our 2020 sponsors

The Event

Le Parc Banquet Hall


Silent Auction
Raffle for Sunwing Getaway
MAC Makeup Booth
Inspirational Stories


Appetizers, Four-course Meal, Open Bar, Late night snacks


Hosted by Ryan Doyle and Jay Michaels, The Rush, Newstalk 1010
Live band followed by DJ


Formal attire: Guests are encouraged to wear RED.

Overview of the evening

  • 6 p.m. Cocktails and Hor d'ouvres
  • 7:15 p.m. Opening remarks and host intro
  • 7:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 8:30 p.m. Video presentation and remarks from Chair, SickKids and Patient Family
  • 9 p.m. Band and dancing
  • 10:30 p.m. Silent Auction closes
  • 11 p.m. Sunwing Vacations Promotional Draw winner announced + late night snack table and deejay
  • 1 a.m. Event concludes

things to know

  • Dress to impress - Red is our theme so show us your red!
  • Driving? Consider Uber or Lyft
  • Not Driving? We have a special rate at the nearby Toronto Hilton Garden Inn at 300 Commerce Drive East. Please reference group booking code: ADRG28.
Last event
$ 50000
$ 100000
since we started

Highlights From Last Year

The History of the Event

The Alison de silva
red tie affair

The Alison De Silva Red Tie Affair is a biennial charity gala in honour of the late Alison De Silva and in support of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). The purpose of this event is to raise funds for research and care for children with intestinal failures.

All proceeds from our galas go directly to The GIFT program. The Group for the Improvement of Intestinal Function and Treatment (GIFT) was co-ordinated by Dr. Paul Wales, a neonatal and paediatric surgeon. The only program of its kind in Canada, GIFT’s mandate is to improve the clinical care of patients with intestinal failure and create new knowledge through clinical and basic science research. It was Alison’s hope to raise money for this program, a program from which she herself benefited.

SickKids is one of the largest paediatric academic health science centres in the world with an international reputation for excellence in healthcare, research and education. By supporting The Alison De Silva Red Tie Affair, you will be:

  • Supporting the GIFT program, the only program of its kind in Canada
  • Aligning yourself with one of the top paediatric centres and children’s charities in the world
  • Playing an integral role in improving patient care and fighting disease in Canada

  • On behalf of the children and families who are served by SickKids, we thank you in advance for your generous support. If you require any further information or have any questions, please contact Caroline De Silva at

why sick kids

  • Currently, 100 children have been assessed and treated by the GIFT program since it began in November 2002
  • GIFT is the only formal program for management of Intestinal Failure in Canada.
  • In the first three years of the GIFT program (2003-2005), the rate of death from liver failure has been cut in half from 22% to 11%.

Since January 2006, there have been no deaths from liver failure in patients with intestinal failure.

2020 fundraising goal

$60,000 for SickKids – Together, we can!











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