One night in Marrakech

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It isn’t every day that you can travel to Morocco, and it’s even more special when Morocco travels to you. The 16th annual Scrubs in the City did just that.

Benefiting The Hospital for Sick Children ( and held at the Evergreen Brick Works, invited guests were greeted to the bright and bustling city of Marrakech with a pair of real camels for an Instagram-worthy moment before immersing themselves in a – temporarily transplanted – world from thousands of miles away.


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The Moorish inspirations were evident from the mazelike pathways that resembled souks, to the traditional textiles and tapestries that lined the tents and floors in splashes of orange and pink.

Keeping the 1,000 guests entertained was live music, belly dancers, stilt walkers, fire eaters, photo booth activations (including a 360-degree one regularly seen on awards shows), multiple food stations (with themed dishes) and open bars. For those looking to rest, the seating areas surrounding the central dance floor had views of the open space – no need bust a move.

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An exclusive silent auction was available to guests and non-guests alike – done online – and included luxury one-of-a-kind items, while further support was achieved by participating in a draw for a dream vacation package (business class flights with Turkish Airlines and seven nights’ accommodation in a Jr. Suite at any Fairmont or Raffles location worldwide, or a $30,000 gift certificate for a vehicle of their choice from any Dilawri Group of Companies).

By the end of the night, $650,000 was raised (to date, the annual event has raised more than $4.3 million) to help build brand-new clinical facilities designed to accommodate cutting-edge best practices and technology, attract world-class medical leaders, and provide the best comfort and care to children and their families.

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(For those who don’t know, SickKids is Canada’s leading center dedicated to improve children’s health and is also home to Canada’s largest, hospital-based child health research institute – caring for more than 100,000 patients every year.)

Next year, Scrubs in the City takes its guests to Rome. Mark your calendar – it’s going to be another memorable night.

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Steven Carver
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