Guests at the Bliss Ball benefit for Sick Kids Hospital on Saturday at Fort York certainly got a bang for their 1,500 bucks per ticket. The evening’s organizers managed to recruit a bevy of stars to pitch in, like erstwhile Barenaked Lady Steven Page, who started things off with an acoustic set that included “Old Apartment” and “Brian Wilson” before moving on to his duties as the evening’s emcee. Celebrated actor Martin Sheen and model Selita Ebanks stepped in as auctioneers, while Mark McEwan donned his chef’s whites and prepared ahi tuna, beef tenderloin and an apple crostata.
George W. Bush’s daughters, Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, regaled the crowd with stories of their time under Secret Service watch—Jenna joked that the major downside to life without bodyguards is that “now we have to go through regular security at airports.” The big headliner, however, was Academy Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson, who we hear was busy steaming clothes right up until her performance. She delivered a Whitney Houston megamix, during which she got inebriated guests to come onstage and dance with her. Sadly, bouncers shooed photographers away from that portion of the evening, but we spotted Larry Rosen taking BlackBerry photos and Ebanks, sipping on a dirty martini, cooing the words and screeching “JHuds!”