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Sarah McLachlan, Sarah Ferguson lend voices to AIDS benefit at TIFF


amfar(Reporting and writing by Jennifer Kwan)

There’s something about Sarahs.

Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan used her star power to help draw more than 350 people to a charity event on Tuesday night at the Toronto International Film Festival, crooning her songs Adia, World on Fire and Angel.

And Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, teased from the crowd an astounding C$150,000 bid for a one-week, group ski trip at a fancy private chalet, complete with lessons from ski pro Manu Gaidet.

“C$45,000, or, were you scratching your nose,” said the auctioneer, seconds after announcing the starting bid of C$40,000. Then there was a pause and the whispers grew louder.

The next and winning bid? A whopping C$150,000, but with strings attached: the Duchess has to come along.