Last Thursday, February 2, we held our fundraiser party at the Black Bull Tavern at 298 Queen Street West in Toronto. Determined to produce the best magazine possible, the 20 of us on the Summer 2012 masthead felt a lot of pressure to raise a large amount of money—it will go directly back into the magazine and help pay for things like visuals and the launch party. Now that the event is over, I say with confidence that it was a huge success. We ended up raising over $1,500, and for that, we are truly grateful.

Starting at 8 p.m. and wrapping up around 2 a.m., the night was filled with friends, family, colleagues, and industry professionals. The Black Bull donated some appetizer platters, including some tasty cheese sticks and fresh vegetables, and they let us design our own cocktail; we named it the Toronto Slur, and it was comprised of vodka, Sourpuss, apple juice, and cranberry juice. One of our senior online editors, Leah Wong, and one of our PR directors, Trisha Fialho, made delicious Buried Lead (or “Berried Lede”) cupcakes with buttercream icing and a sweet raspberry centre that we gave away with each raffle ticket. The raffle itself was popular, and many of our guests walked away with a lovely prize. We give special thanks to the following businesses and people who so kindly donated their goods and/or services:

The Keg SteakhouseThe Imperial Pub

Bruno Boccia

The Guadagnoli family

Katelyn Vernon
Overall, it was a great night of fun and fundraising. On behalf of the masthead, I’d like to thank each and every person who donated a prize, gave money, or came out to the event. Your support means a lot to us. At times it can be hard being part of a student-run publication, because not everyone takes it seriously. But through our hard work—and the issue we produce this semester—we hope to continue to prove to the journalism community why the Review is an important part of our education and an important publication in the Canadian media. And on that note, it’s back to work for us. See you at the launch.

If you want to check out the pictures from our event, just hop on over to our Facebook page. While you are there, don’t forget to “like” us for more updates.

Lead image via Chelsey Burnside