Spotted from the Backseat: POGO Gala 2014 Edition

Glenn Dixon and Suzanne Rogers

On April 12, the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario hosted its 13th annual fundraising gala, Odyssey, a soirée held in support of the non-profit organization’s efforts to deliver the right care at the right time and in the right place for children with cancer and their families. Decked out in their black tie best, the city’s social set arrived at the Liberty Grand in Toronto to support the very worthy cause at what is always one of the most glamourous events of the year.

POGO Gala 2014 featured a cocktail reception (duck confit quesadillas for the win!), silent auction (lunch with an astronaut, anyone?), gala dinner, live auction (drums and lessons from Johnny Fay of the Tragically Hip were up for grabs – how cool is that?), and even an official after-party. Check out the gallery below for 20 style snaps from POGO Gala 2014, including a pretty-in-pink Suzanne Rogers on the arm of a dapper Glenn Dixon, the lovely Jane Hanrahan in a gorgeous black gown, and the ultra chic duo of Lori Siddons and Brittney Kuczynski.

P.S. Find out more about POGO and how you can support the cause at

Lori Siddons and Brittney Kuczynski

Jane Hanrahan (left)

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Spotted from the Backseat: POGO Gala 2012 Edition

Sylvia Mantella and Suzanne Rogers

On April 14, the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario hosted the 11th Annual POGO Gala at the Liberty Grand in Toronto. The yearly soirée is the non-profit organization’s annual fundraiser in support of its efforts to deliver the right care at the right time and in the right place for children with cancer and their families. It also happens to be one of the most glamourous events on the city’s gala season calendar.

The evening featured a top notch 3-course dinner (I’m still dreaming about the lobster salad!), an incredible live auction that raised $111,000, a Tiffany & Co. jewelry raffle (two pieces valued at over $20,000 were up for grabs), one of the most fantastic silent auctions I’ve seen to date, as well the after party of all charity gala after parties. The live auction included a Justin Bieber meet and greet that went for $22,000 to a generous bidder who immediately donated it to a 14-year old cancer survivor who had bravely shared her story with the crowd earlier in the evening. It was just that kind of night.

And the gala attendees were dressed for it, too. Toronto’s social set donned their black tie finest, with Suzanne Rogers leading the charge in a beautiful Grecian gown by Marchesa and jewelry to match. Jenna Naumovich’s short white frock by Alexander McQueen was a standout, and Biko Beauttah’s black velvet Bill Blass was pitch perfect. Canadian fashion was represented beautifully by Rebecca Levy, who donned an eye-catching fuchsia number from Lucian MatisSpring 2012 collection. I too wore a Lucian Matis design, a demure printed dress from the Fall 2010 collection.

It was a fabulous affair for the worthiest of causes. Congratulations to the POGO Gala committee on a gala extremely well done. For more information on the important work that POGO does, please visit the organization’s website at

Jenna Naumovich in Alexander McQueen

Rebecca Levy in Lucian Matis (left) and Biko Beauttah in Bill Blass (middle) and her dapper guest

Suzanne Rogers in Marchesa

Me in Lucian Matis Fall 2010


xx, S


11th Annual POGO Gala 2012 After Party – Exclusive Ticket Promotion!

Gala season is in full swing in Toronto, and we’ll be charity ball-hopping over the next few months to cover the very best the city’s social set has to offer in black tie garb. Next up? The Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario‘s 11th Annual POGO Gala on April 14, the non-profit organization’s annual fundraiser and one of the most glamourous of the year. It’s a fabulous function for a very worthy cause, so we’re excited to offer an exclusive promotion for readers of The Backseat Stylers!

DATE AND TIME: Saturday, April 14, 2012 @ 9:30 pm
VENUE: Liberty Grand, 25 British Columbia Rd., Exhibition Place, Toronto
DETAILS: Join more than 1,000 of Toronto’s young professionals and hip social set at the POGO Party in support of children with cancer. The evening at the Liberty Grand features a fantastic silent auction, host bar, entertainment, dancing and some of the best dressed people in the city.
COST: $150 $125 per ticket (exclusive promotion for The Backseat Stylers readers!), or $1,000 for a book of 10
TICKETS: Purchase over the phone at 416.592.1232 x250. Don’t forget to mention the code ‘BACKSEAT STYLERS’ for the promotional price.

Ontario residents can also purchase POGO raffle tickets in advance for a chance to win one of 2 pieces of jewelry designed by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.: a Sprinkle 36” necklace with south sea pearls and diamonds (value: $11,865.00) and south sea pearl and diamond drop earrings (value: $7,401.50). Raffle tickets can be purchased online or over the phone at 416.592.1232 x250.

Give our coverage of POGO Gala 2011 a gander for a peek into what’s in store for this year’s shindig. We look forward to seeing you there on April 14!

xx, T & S


Spotted from the Backseat: POGO Gala 2011 Edition

Jenna Naumovich (left) in Pucci and Suzanne Rogers in Paul and Joe

On April 9, 2011, the Pediatric Oncology Group of Canada held the 10th Annual POGO Gala at the Liberty Grand in Toronto. The event consisted of a dinner, a live auction, a performance by the cast of the musical Rent, a silent auction and an after party. Successfully raising over $600,000 in support of POGO’s work, the evening was both heartbreaking and heartwarming, as courageous stories of children with cancer and childhood cancer survivors were highlighted.

The post-dinner auctions featured some of the most extravagant prizes I’ve ever seen up for bid, including everything from a Playboy Mansion Stars & Stripes party package (including event tickets, flight and accommodations) that went for $23,000 to a Black Eyed Peas meet-and-greet that sold for $8,000 to a Jason Wu leather satchel donated by The Hudson’s Bay Company.

The fashion was equally impressive, with gala attendees donning Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Canadian designer Lucian Matis, and the like. All were there to raise money for a very serious and worthy cause, but that didn’t mean they couldn’t look good doing it.

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