On September 22nd, 2021, CANFAR held its first annual Yorkville Block Party within one of Bloor-Yorkville’s most prestigious locations, 99 Yorkville Avenue. CANFAR safely welcomed close to 100 guests for a champagne welcome reception at the Christian Louboutin boutique and Taglialatella Gallery followed by a luncheon at Sofia restaurant. This first annual event was co-chaired by Sylvia Mantella, Christine Rezvanian, Isabella Baboury and Jessika Dufour.
The Yorkville Block Party helped raise funds for HIV research, testing & care and youth awareness — funds that are especially crucial right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a bright spotlight on the health inequities within Canada and most of the barriers we’ve seen related to COVID-19 also ring true for HIV. One of our biggest challenges is to not let the HIV epidemic slip through the cracks in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and CANFAR has its community of partners, sponsors and donors to thank for not letting that happen.
CANFAR’s Yorkville Block Party marks the first in-person charitable event CANFAR has held since September of last year, and with Ontario’s newly launched Vaccine Passport, we are thrilled our upcoming 25th anniversary of Bloor Street Entertains taking place in late November will be an in-person event as well.
Our team of incredible staff and volunteers, alongside strict COVID-19 protocol, have provided and will continue to provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere for every one of our guests.